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Always say a prayer in a new car before you drive it. Also
hang a cross from the rear view mirror. This will assure you of
the longest and the most careful, safe ride.

Submitter comment: My father told this to me when he bought my first car and I
have done it to every car that I have owned since.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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Always wear a cross around your neck or put your prayers in
your shoe.

Submitter comment: I was always told to keep my prayers in my shoe to keep evil
spirits away.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 00-00-1978

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How To Become Invisible

Find a black cat. On a full moon go to where the roads cross
and boil a kettle of water. Drop the cat into the water. Boil
the flesh off the bones. Put the bone between your eyes and then
in your mouth. This will allow you to become invisible. Take
the bone out of your mouth and you will become visible again.

James Callow comment: See Hyatt 5: nos. 10061, 10076, 10078, 10082-10086, 10091-
10095, etc. for the invisibility (disappearance) effect. Also
see Hyatt 1: 74-97 for an earlier section on the black cat bone.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Lansing

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
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BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 02-10-1992

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keep a horseshoe with a palm leaf made in the shape of a
cross over the bedroom door; this will assure a happy, positive,
loving marriage.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATLANTA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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POLISH CUSTOM

THE "SIGN OF THE CROSS" WAS MADE OVER FRESHLY BAKED
BREAD AS A PREVENTIVE AGAINST THE DEVIL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE INFORMANT'S FRENCH-CANADIAN GRANDMOTHER, CALLED
"MIMI" BY HER GRANDCHILDREN, TURNED FRESH BAKED
BREAD OVER AND CUT A CROSS IN IT BEFORE SLICING IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN STATE STUDENT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BEFORE CUTTING AN UNSLICED LOAF OF BREAD, SOME PEOPLE
CUT A SIGN OF THE CROSS INTO THE CRUST.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT'S MOTHER, A GERMAN AMERICAN, DID THIS
REGULARLY. THE INFORMANT DID NOT KNOW THE BELIEF
BEHIND THIS CUSTOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 01-30-1971

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BEFORE CUTTING UNSLICED BREAD, MAKE THE SIGN OF THE
CROSS ON IT WITH THE KNIFE YOU WILL USE TO SLICE
THE BREAD.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD AND SAW THIS PRACTICED AS A CHILD
(1920S) AND ACTUALLY PRACTICES IT TODAY.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 10-02-1971 ; 00001920S

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PROTECTION

BEFORE YOU GO TO BED, MAKE THE SIGN OF THE CROSS
ON YOUR PILLOW SO GOD WILL PROTECT YOU THROUGH
THE NIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 01-00-1968

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WHEN YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO EAT AND IT FALLS ON THE
GROUND, YOU ARE TO PICK IT UP AND MAKE THE SIGN OF
THE CROSS WITH IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 09-22-1969

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AFTER HAVING BREAD OR ANY FOOD BLESSED BY A PRIEST
YOU MUST FIRST MAKE THE SIGN OF THE CROSS WITH A
KNIFE ON THE UNDERSIDE BEFORE EATING OR CUTTING
THE FOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 10-06-1969

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BEFORE A JOURNEY, PUT A CROSS IN THE ROAD, A CROSS
ON THE WAGON OR VEHICLE OF TRAVEL, AND CROSS
YOURSELF AND YOU'LL HAVE A SAFE JOURNEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 03-11-1970

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ITALIAN BELIEF

WHEN YOU MAKE BREAD DOUGH, AFTER KNEADING IT, YOU
MUST MAKE THE SIGN OF THE CROSS OVER IT, OR
IT WON'T RISE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAYS THAT THIS IS AN OLD ITALIAN CUSTOM,
DONE ESPECIALLY ON ST. ANTHONY'S FEAST DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 02-02-1970

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A FALLING STAR MEANS THAT SOMEONE IS SELLING HIS SOUL
TO THE DEVIL. IF YOU WISH TO SAVE THE SOUL, MAKE
THE SIGN OF THE CROSS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 01-22-1970

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POOR CIRCULATION IN FEET

MAKE THE SIGN OF A CROSS ON THE BOTTOM OF YOUR FEET
WHEN IT GOES TO SLEEP AND IT WILL WAKE UP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 05-13-1969

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THE WEARING OF A CRUCIFIX WILL WARD OFF EVIL IF IT
IS MADE OF SILVER.

Where learned: FLORIDA ; NORTH DADE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 11-18-1971

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PROTECTION AGAINST VAMPIRES

THE USE OF A CROSS BETWEEN YOUR EYES AND THE VAMPIRES
WILL PROTECT YOU FROM HIM (?).

Where learned: ENGLAND ; WORCESTER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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SPANISH PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT IF YOU HANG A CRUCIFIX
OUTSIDE YOUR DOOR, IT WILL PROTECT YOU FROM THE
SPIRITS OF THE DEAD.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 02-22-1972

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PROTECTION AGAINST VAMPIRES

A HANGING CROSS MADE OF ROWAN WOOD TIED TOGETHER
WITH RED THREAD AND SAYING:
HOLY TREE, RED THREAD,
SAVE US NOW FROM THOSE UNDEAD.
WILL PROTECT ONE FROM A VAMPIRE.

Where learned: ENGLAND ; WORCESTER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.646
BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire
BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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IF A PERSON WEARS A CROSS IT KEEPS THE DEVIL AND
VAMPIRES AWAY FROM HIM.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PORT CHESTER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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