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THE SEVENTH CHILD BORN IN A FAMILY IS USUALLY THE LUCKIEST.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; UNICE

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.43
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.5

Date learned: CA11001973

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THE FIRST VISITOR IN THE HOME AFTER THE BIRTH OF A
BABY WILL BRING GOOD LUCK THROUGHOUT THE CHILD'S LIFE
IF IT IS A MAN AND BAD LUCK THROUGHOUT LIFE IF IT IS
A WOMAN. FR. MALONY LEARNED THIS FROM HIS MOTHER
AT HOME, WHO IS OF IRISH DESCENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; RECTORY ; HOLY NAME

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.43
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.43

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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THIS WAS COLLECTED 4/1/67 FROM MY MOTHER WHO WAS
RELATING SOME OF THE OLD WIVES' TALES CONCERNING
NEWBORN CHILDREN.
YOU SHOULD NEVER CUT THE FINGERNAILS OF A NEWBORN
CHILD, BUT RATHER, YOU SHOULD BITE THEM. FOR IF YOU
CUT THEM, THE CHILD WILL BECOME A THIEF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.43

Date learned: 04-01-1967

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