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POLISH CUSTOM

WHEN THE BRIDE AND GROOM COME INTO THE HALL SOMEONE MEETS THEM
AT THE DOOR WITH A PIECE OF DRY BREAD AND SALT, AND THEY EAT IT.
IT IS A CUSTOM SO THEY WILL NEVER GO HUNGRY AND THAT THEY WILL
ALWAYS BE ABLE TO FACE HARDSHIPS TOGETHER.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER IN-LAWS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 03-20-1967

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BELIEF

IF YOU SPILL SALT ACCIDENTALLY, QUICKLY THROW SOME OVER YOUR LEFT
SHOULDER AND MAKE A WISH. BY RIGHTS, IT SHOULD COME TRUE.

Submitter comment: I HEARD THIS BELIEF FROM MY IRISH MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER WHO TOLD
IT TO ME FIFTEEN YEARS AGO WHEN I ACCIDENTALLY DROPPED SALT IN
HER KITCHEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Prayer

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JAMAICAN SUPERSTITION

IF YOU HAVE COMPANY AND YOU WISH THAT SOMEONE WOULD LEAVE, STAND
IN BACK OF THAT PERSON WITH A BROOM. HOLD IT UPSIDE-DOWN AND
SPRINKLE SALT AND PEPPER INTO IT. THE PERSON WILL LEAVE ALMOST
IMMEDIATELY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM A LADY FRIEND FROM JAMAICA.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Flavoring Spice
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 01-01-1964

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INDIAN LEGEND: ARIZONA

TWO INDIAN TRIBES WERE INVOLVED IN A BATTLE, ONE TRIBE WAS APACHE.
THE APACHES WERE TRAPPED ON A CLIFF, AND RATHER THAN SURRENDER,
THEY LEAPED TO THEIR DEATH. LATER THE FEMALE MEMBERS CAME TO
MOURN THEIR DEAD. THE TEARS OF THE WOMEN TURNED INTO A BLACK
GLASS-LIKE STONE WHICH IS NOW CALLED APACHE TEARS. THE ROCK
LOOKS LIKE IT CONTAINS A TEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WAYNE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Precious stone Gem
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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CAVES OF THE BLOODY CHIEFS

THE PICTURED ROCKS EXTEND EASTWARD ALONG THE LAKE SUPERIOR SHORE-
LINE FROM MUNISING. SOME OF THE VARIOUS FORMATIONS IN THE ROCKS
ARE NAMED. THE CAVES OF THE BLOODY CHIEFS ARE SO NAMED BECAUSE
INDIAN CHIEFS SUPPOSEDLY TORTURED THEIR VICTIMS THERE. THEY
WOULD BE BOUND AND LEFT FOR THE WAVES TO DASH THEM TO PIECES. THE
ROCK OF THE CAVES IS BRIGHTLY COLORED BY MINERAL SEEPAGE, MOSTLY
IRON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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AFTER THE BRIDE LEAVES THE CHURCH AND ENTERS THE
RECEPTION HALL, SHE IS GIVEN BREAD, WATER AND SALT.
SHE TAKES A BIT OF THE BREAD AND DRINKS SOME WATER.
SHE CARRIES THE SALT INTO THE HALL WITH HER.
THIS IS FOR GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THIS WAS AN OLD POLISH CUSTOM. IT
WAS DONE TO BRING THE BRIDE GOOD LUCK IN LIFE.
THE BREAD AND WATER STAND FOR FOOD, AND THE SALT
FOR WEALTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 02-20-1972

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IF YOU SPILL SALT, THEN THROW SOME OVER YOUR LEFT
SHOULDER TO BRING GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: LEARNED AT HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ACCIDENT ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

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AFTER USING SALT, YOU SHOULD THROW A PINCH OF IT
OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER TO INSURE GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: HEARD THIS FROM A FRIEND.

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 12-04-1967

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IF YOU THROW SALT OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER IT WILL
BRING YOU GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 01-20-1971

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SOME ITALIANS FEEL IT NECESSARY TO THROW SALT ON TOP
OF OIL, IF IT SHOULD HAPPEN TO FALL ON THE GROUND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ACCIDENT ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 10-22-1971

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THROW SALT OVER YOUR SHOULDER FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE PARK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 11-07-1971

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TO THROW SALT OVER THE LEFT SHOULDER IS A SIGN OF
LUCK. IT USED TO WARD OFF EVIL.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS A BELIEF GIVEN TO HIM BY HIS MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 02-10-1971

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THROW SPILLED SALT OVER YOUR SHOULDER FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ACCIDENT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 11-00-1969

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A PERSON SHOULD THROW SALT OVER HIS RIGHT SHOULDER
IN ORDER TO BRING GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITIONN DIRECTIO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 00001950S

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WHEN YOU ACCIDENTALLY SPILL SALT, INFORMANT TAKES
A FEW GRAINS OF SALT AND THROWS IT OVER EACH
SHOULDER FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; GRADE SCHOOL ; REDFORD ; SAINT MARYS

James Callow Keyword(s): ACCIDENT ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 02-12-1970

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IT WILL GIVE YOU GOOD LUCK IF YOU KISS THE BLARNEY
STONE (IN IRELAND).

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck Objects

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK WHEN YOU BEND OVER
BACKWARDS AND KISS THE BLARNEY STONE (IN IRELAND).

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WILSON

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck Objects
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU SPILL SALT, THAT IS A SIGN THAT YOU ARE
GOING TO GET IN DEBT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED FROM CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 03-05-1971

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IF YOU SPILL THE SALT, THERE'S GOING TO BE A FIGHT.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER ALWAYS SAYS THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.17

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU SPILL SALT AT THE TABLE, YOU ARE SURE TO
QUARREL WITH YOUR BEST FRIEND. THROW THE SALT WITH
YOUR RIGHT HAND OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER TO WARD
OFF THE EVIL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 09-28-1970

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