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A TRADITION ON VISITING A NEW HOME IS TO BRING A LOAF OF BREAD SO
THEY WON'T GO HUNGRY, A BOTTLE OF WINE SO THEY WON'T GO THIRSTY, AND
SOME SALT FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.17

Date learned: 11-00-1972

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SALT OVER YOUR SHOULDER ( COLLECTOR'S TITLE) ; GOOD LUCK; SALT ( CLASSIFIER'S TITLE )

FOR GOOD LUCK YOU THROW SALT OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.17

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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ITALIAN CUSTOM FOR GOOD LUCK

IT IS AN OLD ITALIAN CUSTOM TO PUT SALT IN A HOUSE A FEW DAYS
BEFORE MOVING IN AND THIS WILL BRING THE OCCUPANT GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HOME, DOMESTIC PURSUITS ; SUPERNATURAL: SALT AS LUCKY CHARM

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.17

Date learned: 01-16-1968

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THROW SALT OVER YOUR SHOULDER FOR GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM YOUTH.

Where learned: INDIANA ; South Bend

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.17

Date learned: 11-23-1967

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