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BELIEF

IF YOU GO SWIMMING IN THE OCEAN, OR ANY OTHER LARGE BODY OF WATER ON
HOLY THURSDAY, YOU WILL TURN INTO A FISH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: 663 Holy Thursday
Favorites
BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Still water Large body.

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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MAKE THE SEA ANGRY

IF YOU YELL AT THE OCEAN, MARIA LA O TU MADRE ES PUTA Y LA MIA NO,
WHICH MEANS, MARIA O YOUR MOTHER IS A WHORE BUT MINE IS NOT, YOU WILL
DOUBT CAUSE THE FURY OF THE SEA.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Still water Large body.
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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WEATHER BELIEF

WHEN THE LONG LACY FINGERS OF THE SEAS WHITECAPS TOUCH EACH OTHER,
THE WIND IS BLOWING IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado
BELIEF -- Still water Large body.
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 10-00-1981

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BAD LUCK

IT IS A BELIEF IN PUERTO RICO THAT IF YOU WALK BACKWARDS
INTO ANY OCEAN, THAT IT WILL TAKE AWAY ALL OF YOUR BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: HER GRANDFATHER TOLD HER THIS

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

Keyword(s): BAD LUCK

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Still water Large body.
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 00-00-1970 ; 11-00-1987

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Good Luck

Standing on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean just before
sunrise can put you in a great state of mind and can bring
you a world of good luck. If you then take a quarter out
of your pocket
and throw it out into the ocean as far as you can it will
bring you 25 days of good luck. This all must be done before
the sun rises.

Where learned: FLORIDA ; FORT LAUDERDALE

Keyword(s): Buying luck

James Callow Keyword(s): East ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Still water Large body.
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.25
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00-00-1991

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JAMAICAN SUPERSTITION

NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON THE SEA, BECAUSE IT WILL BECOME
ANGRY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM A LADY-FRIEND FROM JAMAICA.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Still water Large body.

Date learned: 01-01-1964

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WHEN OUT AT SEA, IF THE SEA GETS REAL CALM THERE'S GOING
TO BE A STORM AFTERWARDS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Still water Large body.

Date learned: 00-00-1973

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Superstition

The fisherman have two kinds of folk belief: magic and empirical. Magic have no rational explanation-porpoises bring good luck. Empirical can be explained or have a rational line of thought - Circle around moon means bad weather. There is a rational connection between moon, ring, and bad weather.

Beneath the instrumental function of beliefs (to explain something) there is a phycological [sic] function (to ease the dangers of their hazardous occupation.)

Black suitcase is a very bad taboo object. Going out (in boat) on Friday - bad luck. The word alligator - bad luck. Throw change overboard - good luck.

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Where learned: The Function of Magic Among Texas Coastal Fisherman ; Journal of American Folklore

Keyword(s): Alligator ; BELIEF ; Boat ; Change ; Empirical ; Fisherman ; Friday ; LUCK ; MAGIC ; MONEY ; MOON ; Ocean ; Porpoise ; Sail ; Sailor ; SEA ; Ship ; Suitcase ; SUPERSTITION ; WEATHER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Still water Large body.
BELIEF -- Bad luck

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