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NEW HOME GOOD LUCK BELIEF

A LOAF OF BREAD AND A BROOM SHOULD BE THE FIRST ITEMS
BROUGHT INTO A NEW HOME FOR GOOD LUCK. THE BROOM MEANS
THAT THE HOUSE WILL ALWAYS BE CLEAN. THE BREAD MEANS THAT
THERE WILL ALWAYS BE FOOD IN THE HOUSE. I HEARD THIS FROM
FRANCES MILLER IN 1977.

Submitter comment: FRANCES MILLER WAS BORN IN LOUISVILLE, MISSISSIPPI IN
1925. SHE CAME, WITH HER FAMILY, TO DETROIT DURING WORLD
WAR II AND HAS LIVED HERE SINCE. IT SEEMS THAT THIS WAS A
COMMON CUSTOM IN RURAL MISSISSIPPI IN THE 1930'S.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOL

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Custom
BELIEF -- Good luck Broom Sweeping
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink

Date learned: 09-00-1982

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On Halloween night, put a bucket of sand or a broom
outside your door. If a soul comes by and wants to
harm you, it will have to count every grain of sand
or broom bristle first. By the time that the spirit
has done this, it would be daytime and it would have
to go back where it came from.

Submitter comment: This story was told to Maryann by her Italian father,
who heard it from his grandfather.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; SKOKIE

Keyword(s): ghost, precaution, All Souls' Day

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs
BELIEF -- Good luck Broom Sweeping
BELIEF -- Control Prevention Provocation Protection

Date learned: 00001930S

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WHENEVER YOU MOVE INTO A NEW HOME, YOU MUST MAKE
SURE YOU HAVE A BROOM, SALT, AND A BIBLE WITH YOU.
THIS IS FOR GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID SHE HAD DONE THIS WHEN SHE MOVED
INTO HER NEW HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck Broom Sweeping
BELIEF -- Good luck Numbers

Date learned: 03-18-1972

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO SET UP HOUSEKEEPING WITH A NEW BROOM AND A
NEW COFFEEPOT.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Good luck Eating utensils
BELIEF -- Good luck Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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TO SEE A CHIMNEY SWEEP MEANS GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 08-01-1968

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