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BELIEF-DAILY LIFE

DON'T TELL A DREAM BEFORE BREAKFAST OR IT WILL COME TRUE.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: INDIANA ; Hudson Lake

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Dreams

Date learned: 11-25-1967

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ITALIAN AND FRENCH SUPERSTITION

NEVER CROSS YOUR FORK AND KNIFE AFTER A MEAL OR TERRIBLE
FORTUNE WILL COME YOUR WAY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED WHILE TRAVELLING IN EUROPE 1959-1961.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 12-24-1963

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IF A GIRL TAKES THE LAST PORTION FROM A SERVING BOWL
OR PLATTER, SHE WILL BE AN OLD MAID.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; SPINSTER ; TABLE MANNERS

Subject headings: Observation
Favorites
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...

Date learned: 10-25-1968

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CHANGE YOUR PLACE AT THE TABLE, AND YOU'LL CHANGE
YOUR BOARDING HOUSE.

Where learned: LETTER

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION ; THREAT?

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 01-30-1970

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IF YOU ARE EATING SOMETHING AND IT DROPS OFF YOUR
SPOON OR FORK, IT MEANS THAT YOU DIDN'T DESERVE IT
OR DIDN'T EARN IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration Implement to handle food
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Use of Object Food

Date learned: 03-15-1968

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IF YOU TAKE A PIECE OF BREAD WHEN YOU ALREADY HAVE A
PIECE, THAT MEANS SOMEONE HUNGRY IS COMING TO YOUR HOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

James Callow Keyword(s): TABLE MANNERS

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
Observation
Food Drink -- Plant food
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 03-24-1970

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LUCK

NEVER SIT A BABY ON THE EDGE OF A TABLE TO FEED HIM BECAUSE IT
WILL CAUSE HIM TO TEETH HARD.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: CA11001973

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IF YOU HAVE A GOOD DREAM AND WANT IT TO COME TRUE TELL IT BEFORE
BREAKFAST

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 09-08-1972

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SALT

IN IRISH SUPERSTITON: WHEN EATING AT A TABLE AND SOMEONE ASKS
FOR THE SALT, YOU MUST FIRST SET IT DOWN NEXT TO THE PERSON AND
LET HIM PICK IT UP.. IF YOU SHOULD PASS IT TO HIM IT IS SAID THAT
THE TWO WILL GET INTO A FIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; ADVICE: POSITIVE ; ADVICE: POSITIVE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 10-05-1972

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TEA BELIEF

IF YOU PICK UP THE BUBBLES IN A CUP OF TEA BEFORE YOU
DRINK IT, YOU WILL GET RICH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Brew of leaf, bark, root
BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 01-30-1968

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SEX OF UNBORN CHILD

IF YOU EAT TWIN BANANAS YOU WILL HAVE TWIN BABIES.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT LEARNED THIS IN THAILAND.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 686.1.2
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 03-01-1971

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FOOD TABOO

IF A PERSON WERE PREGNANT THEN SHE CANNOT EAT MUSTARD GREENS
OR DRINK BUTTERMILK.

Submitter comment:

WHEN I ASKED INFORMANT WHY THIS WAS THE CASE, SHE THOUGHT
MUSTARD GREENS AND BUTTERMILK CAUSE GAS.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 01-00-1971

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CUSTOM

EATING THE DESSERT FIRST AT ANY MEAL IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH.

Submitter comment: INFORMANTS FATHER USED TO PRACTICE THIS CUSTOM. HE BROUGHT IT WITH
HIM FROM A GERMAN SETTLEMENT AROUND PITTSBURGH.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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BELIEF (CUSTOM)

IF YOU EAT BLESSED FOOD AFTER SUNDOWN YOU'LL COME DOWN WITH
NIGHT BLINDNESS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 02-07-1971

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SALT

AN IRISH SUPERSTITION: WHEN EATING AT A TABLE AND SOMEONE ASKS FOR THE SALT, YOU MUST FIRST SET IT DOWN NEXT TO THE PERSON AND LET HIM PICK IT UP. IF YOU SHOULD PASS IT TO HIM, IT IS SAID THAT THE TWO WILL GET INTO A FIGHT.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

 

Where learned: informant's home

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; ADVICE: POSITIVE ; ADVICE: POSITIVE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 10-05-1972

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SUPERSTITION

DON'T EAT A LOT OF RAISINS AND THEN DRINK WATER. IF YOU DO THE
RAISINS WILL SWELL UP INSIDE YOU.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER LEARNED THIS FROM HER MOTHER. SHE DOESN'T REALLY BELIEVE
IT AND ISN'T SURE WHETHER HER MOTHER DID. SHE SUSPECTS THAT HER
MOTHER TOLD IT TO HER SO THAT SHE WOULDN'T EAT ALL OF THE RAISINS.
THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I HEARD IT.
FUNCTION

Where learned: OHIO ; SOLON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: CA00001929

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BAD LUCK

WHEN EATING A GUAVA WITH SALT, NEVER SIT UNDER ANOTHER FRUIT TREE,
BECAUSE IT WILL STOP BEARING OR BEAR LESS FRUIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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BELIEF

IF YOU SING WHILE YOU EAT, YOU WILL HAVE A CRAZY (MAN OR
WOMAN) FOR A (HUSBAND OR WIFE).

Submitter comment: SINGING AND EATING IS AN UNUSUAL COMBINATION,
THEREFORE, SOMETHING UNUSUAL SHOULD HAPPEN TO THE
ONE PERFORMING THE ACTS TOGETHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

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BELIEF

EATING A LARGE MEAL BEFORE BED CAUSES NIGHTMARES.

Submitter comment:

THERE MANY OTHER EXAMPLES OF HOW FOOD IS SUPPOSED TO AFFECT YOUR
SLEEP LIFE. THESE WOULD DWELL MORE ON SPECIFIC FOODS HOWEVER.
I SUSPECT THEY WERE PROBABLY STARTED BY SOMEBODY'S PARENTS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MILFORD

Keyword(s): BODY ; DREAMS ; FOOD ; FUNCTION ; Nightmares ; SLEEP

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Dreams

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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