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WHEN A BABY IS ONE YEAR OLD, A BOOK, A HALF DOLLAR AND
A SHOT GLASS ARE TO BE PLACED IN FRONT OF HIM. THE ONE
HE CHOOSES FIRST WILL FORETELL THE TYPE OF LIFE
THE CHILD WILL HAVE.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT WAS PRESENT AT A FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY AT
WHICH THIS WAS DONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining future of young P864.3

Date learned: 02-20-1971

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EXPECTANT MOTHERS SHOULD SLEEP WITH A PAIR OF OPEN
SCISSORS UNDER THEIR MATTRESS TO HAVE AN EASY
BIRTH AND A HEALTHY CHILD.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; PREGNANCY ; SCISSORS

James Callow Keyword(s): CUTTING THE PAIN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining future of young P864.3

Date learned: 10-13-1973

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