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DEATH SUPERSTITION

AN ENTRANCE OF A BIRD INTO A HOME IS A WARNING OF
IMMINENT DEATH TO A MEMBER OF THAT FAMILY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about animals

Date learned: 11-11-1974

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MY GRANDMOTHER HAD A DREAM OF HER SISTER BEING -
KILLED BY HER BROTHER-IN-LAW.
THEN A MAN ON A WHITE HORSE CAME UP TO HER TO TELL HER THE
NEWS. THE NEXT MORNING SHE RECEIVED WORD THAT HER SISTER WAS KILLED

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Dreams Foretelling a death
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about animals

Date learned: 11-02-1972

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IF A PERSON DREAMS OF FISH; THIS MEANS SOMEONE IN THE FAMILY WILL HAVE A BABY.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about animals

Date learned: 12-00-1972

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DREAMS

DREAMING OF SNAKES OR EGGS IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams Food and liquids
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about animals
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 03-13-1975

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SNAKES

IF YOU SEE A SNAKE OR DREAM ABOUT ONE, SOMEONE IS TALKING ABOUT YOU.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSSIBLE GOSSIP, BACKBITING

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about animals

Date learned: 03-13-1975

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DREAMS

IF YOU DREAM OF HORSES IT IS GOOD LUCK

Submitter comment: NONE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about animals
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.31

Date learned: 10-00-1977

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SUPERSTITION

WHEN SOMEONE DREAMS ABOUT FISH IT MEANS SOMEONE IS PREGNANT.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about animals

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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DREAM BELIEF

A CO-WORKER TOLD ME, AROUND 1956, THAT IF YOU DREAM OF
FISH, SOMEONE IN YOUR FAMILY, OR SOMEONE CLOSE TO YOU IS
GOING TO HAVE A BABY. MY FRIEND, TOMMIE PEGEUSE, SWORE
THAT IT WAS TRUE AND REFUSED TO BELIEVE ANY ARGUMENTS
TO THE CONTRARY. SHE CLAIMED THAT SHE DREAMED OF FISH
SO SELDOM THAT WHEN SHE DID IT JUST NATURALLY STUCK
IN HER MIND, AND THEN SURE ENOUGH, SHE WOULD SOON HEAR
ABOUT A FRIEND'S OR RELATIVE'S PREGNANCY.

Submitter comment: IN 1956, THE INFORMANT WAS EMPLOYED BY THE ATLANTIC AND
PACIFIC TEA COMPANY (A&P).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Dreams
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about friends and lovers
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about babies
BELIEF -- Dreams Foretelling about birth and life
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about weddings, funerals, and other crucial moments of life
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about animals

Date learned: 09-00-1982

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IF A PERSON DREAMS OF FISH OR PUPPIES, A YOUNG GIRL THE
DREAMER KNOWS IS PREGNANT.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT SAYS FISH AND PUPPIES, SINCE THEY HAVE SO
MANY OFFSPRINGS, ARE THE SYMBOLS OF PREGNANCY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about animals

Date learned: 03-00-1983

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IF A MAN DREAMS OF A BUTTERFLY OR IF ONE LANDS ON HIM,
HE WILL MARRY A SWEET AND BEAUTIFUL GIRL.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WAS TOLD THIS BY HER UNCLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about animals

Date learned: 04-00-1983

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Dream of fish

If you dream of fish a woman in your family is pregnant.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DREAMS ; FISH ; Portent ; PREDICTION ; PREGNANCY ; SIGN ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about animals

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THIS WAS TOLD TO SISTER MARY ANTHONY BARR BY A YOUNG NEGRO
GIRL IN COLLEGE: TO DREAM OF FISH IS A SIGN OF PREGNANCY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about animals

Date learned: 00001965 SUMMER

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A DREAM CONCERNING FISH IS A SIGN OF A PREGNANCY IN THE
HOUSEHOLD.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about animals

Date learned: 06-27-1970

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IF YOU DREAM OF FISH SOMEONE IN YOUR FAMILY IS PREGNANT.

Where learned: ALABAMA, ASSUMED ; MONTGOMERY

Keyword(s): WATER BAG OF WATERS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams Foretelling about birth and life
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about animals

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN YOU DREAM ABOUT FISH, SOMEBODY YOU KNOW IS PREGNANT.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA ; GEORGETOWN

Keyword(s): WATER BAG OF WATERS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about animals

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU HEAR A DOG HOWLING IN YOUR DREAM, YOU ARE LONELY OR
WILL BE SOON.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; TENNESSEE RIDGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about animals

Date learned: 08-09-1968

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PEOPLE USED TO SAY THAT IF YOU DREAM ABOUT CATCHING FISH AT
NIGHT YOU WOULD GET MONEY THE NEXT DAY.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about animals

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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DREAMING OF MUDDY WATER OR SNAKES MEANS BAD LUCK. IF THE
SNAKE WAS KILLED IN THE DREAM THE LUCK WOULDN'T BE TOO
BAD, BUT IF THE SNAKE GOT AWAY, IT WOULD BRING VERY
BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; WARTRACE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Water
BELIEF -- Legend
BELIEF -- Dreams
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about animals
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 06-18-1972

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SUPERSTITION

TO DREAM OF DOG IS A SIGN OF TRUE FRIENDSHIP.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about animals

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WHEN YOU DREAM OF BED BUGS, YOU'RE GONNA BE SICK.
SOMEONE TOLD ME JUST THE OTHER DAY SHE'D BEEN REAL SICK
AND SHE'D DREAMED OF BED BUGS SO SHE KNEW IT WAS COMIN'.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; HENDERSONVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about animals

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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