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DO NOT SIT ON THE GROUND DURING A MONTH WITH THE LETTER R IN IT.
R STANDS FOR RHEUMATISM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00001970S

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IF A PERSON DESIRES LONG AND FULL HAIR, HE SHOULD CLIP
HIS HAIR ON THE MONTH'S FIRST NEW MOON.

Submitter comment: THIS IS THE ONLY TIME THE INFORMANT CLIPS HER HAIR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 03-00-1983

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GOOD LUCK GRAPES

I DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW OUR FAMILY CAME ACROSS THIS TRADITION BUT
EVER SINCE I WAS A YOUNG BOY GROWING UP IN GREECE WE HAVE
FOLLOWED THE SPANISH TRADITION OF EATING NUTS AND TWELVE GRAPES
ON NEW YEAR'S EVE AT MIDNIGHT. EACH GRAPE WILL GIVE YOU GOOD
LUCK FOR THE NEXT TWELVE MONTHS OF THE NEW YEAR. I FOLLOWED
THIS COMBINATION VERY STRICTLY AND IT HASN'T FAILED ME YET.

Submitter comment: AS A VISITOR IN THE GOFFAS HOME, I DIDN'T WANT TO PRESS FOR
FURTHER INFORMATION FROM THE PROUD GREEK WHO WAS UNWILLING TO
TALK.

Where learned: GREECE

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Good luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO WHERE AN OPAL IF YOU WEREN'T BORN IN OCTOBER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F100
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)

Date learned: 04-00-1984

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IF YOU SLEEP ON YOUR STOMACH DURING YOUR FIRST TWO
MONTHS OF PREGNANCY, YOUR BABY WILL BE STRONG AND
HEALTHY. "MY GRANDMOTHER TOLD ME THIS WHEN I WAS
PREGNANT WITH MY FIRST CHILD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 06-00-1985 ; 00-00-1981

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IT IS EXACTLY SIX MONTHS FROM THE FIRST THUNDERSTORM TO THE FIRST
FROST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: 686 Sixths / Six
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month

Date learned: 00001930S CA

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IF A BLACK CAT IS AT YOUR DOOR, MONEY WILL FOLLOW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 10-00-1987

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NEVER CAST A CLOUT (THROW OUT CLOTHES)
TILL MAY'S OUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P0500
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
PROVERB -- Weather Proverb

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Balinese Custom

In Bali, one month after birth a baby's head is shaved
completely to chase all evil spirits away.

Where learned: Bali ; Indonesia

Keyword(s): PURIFICATION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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Chinese Custom

In China, and in the Chinese culture one month after the birth
of a baby, the head, eyebrows, and eyelashes are shaved to
achieve greater growth.

Where learned: CHINA

Keyword(s): PURIFICATION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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Never get married on Friday the 13th of any month or your
marriage will be doomed with divorce or some other tragedy.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND

Subject headings: 686 Specific number by specific number being described
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 01-00-1980

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Unlucky Opals

It is unlucky to wear opals, unless you were born
in October.

Where learned: OHIO ; Swanton

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F100
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00001972CA

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NEVER GET MARRIED DURING A MONTH IN WHICH THE BRIDE OR THE
GROOM WAS BORN. IF THIS HAPPENS IT WILL TAKE AT LEAST 7 YEARS TO
CONCEIVE A CHILD.

Where learned: CHICAGO

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month

Date learned: 00001940S

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A pregnant beautician will make your hair grow during the middle
months of the pregnancy and fall out at the end.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): OCCUPATION

Subject headings: 686 Ninths / Nine
Favorites
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1991

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO BUY A BROOM IN AUGUST.

Submitter comment: GERTRUDE INHERITED THIS BELIEF FROM HER ITALIAN
MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 07-13-1964

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO GET MARRIED IN THE MONTH OF MAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

Keyword(s): WEDDING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.41

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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ITALIAN

IT IS CONSIDERED BAD LUCK TO CLEAN DUST WEBS FROM YOUR
HOUSE OR ACTUALLY ANY KIND OF CLEANING IN THE MONTH
OF AUGUST. MUST BE DONE BEFORE AUGUST 1 OR REST
OF THE YEAR WILL BRING BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: (ALSO SEE THE SAME INFORMANT'S CONTENTION THAT
ITALIANS FROWN ON AUGUST WEDDINGS, PERHAPS BECAUSE
IT'S THE MONTH OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN--P545)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.2

Date learned: 12-00-1969

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AUGUST WEDDINGS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.41

Date learned: 03-17-1970

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO BUY BROOMS IN AUGUST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.21

Date learned: 09-14-1969

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