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AFTER IT RAINED AND THE SUN CAME OUT, THE YOUNG GIRLS
GO LOOK UNDER STONES TO FIND A PIECE OF HAIR. THE
FIRST PIECE OF HAIR THEY FOUND WOULD BE THE COLOR OF
THEIR SPOUSE'S HAIR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining future spouse P862.8

Date learned: 03-10-1970

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IN SWEDEN ON THE FEAST OF MIDSUMMER'S EVE, THERE
IS A CUSTOM THAT MAIDENS FOLLOW TO FIND OUT WHO THEY
WILL MARRY.
A GIRL MUST GO OUT NAKED BETWEEN SUNSET AND MIDNIGHT
AND MUST NOT SAY A WORD TO ANYONE. SHE MUST PICK
SEVEN DIFFERENT FLOWERS FROM SEVEN DIFFERENT FARMS AND
THE NAMES OF THE FLOWERS MUST ALL BEGIN WITH THE SAME
LETTER. SHE THEN GOES HOME AND PUTS THE FLOWERS
UNDER HER PILLOW AND WILL DREAM OF THE MAN SHE WILL
MARRY.

Where learned: SWEDEN

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining future spouse P862.8

Date learned: 01-21-1968

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