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PICTURE

NEVER GIVE YOUR PICTURE TO AN OLD MAN, BECAUSE HE MIGHT TAKE
IT TO A TOMB, AND TURN IT FACE UP, WHICH CAN CAUSE YOU A
SUDDEN DEATH OR BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS LEARNED DURING MY STAY IN DETROIT WITH PEOPLE WHO
LIVED THERE A LONG TIME.
THIS SUPERSTITIOUS BELIEF IS CONTAGIOUS MAGIC BECAUSE THE OBJECTS
ARE IN CONTACT WITH EACH OTHER CAUSING BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.1
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.44

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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BAD LUCK

DON'T PUT A HAT ON A BED BECAUSE IT WILL BRING BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THIS BELIEF HAS CONTAGIOUS CONNECTION BETWEEN TWO OBJECTS, HAT
AND BED. IF COMBINED IT WILL CAUSE BAD LUCK WHICH IS SUPERSTITIOUS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.1

Date learned: 00001930S

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BROOM AND BAD LUCK

NEVER STAND A BROOM UPSIDE DOWN IN A HOUSE. IT IS A SIGN OF BAD
LUCK. ALSO: IF YOU STAND A BROOM UPSIDE DOWN IN A CORNER WITH A
FORK STUCK IN IT, YOU CAN MAKE AN UNWANTED VISITOR LEAVE.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.1
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.21

Date learned: 11-05-1973

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BAD LUCK

STEPPING ON A BROOM BRINGS BAD LUCK. HOWEVER, SPITTING ON IT RIGHT
AFTER YOU'VE STEPPED ON IT WILL WARD OFF THE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SAINT CLAIR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.1
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00001960S

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A BAG OF CHARMS, CALLED AN ASP, WAS A VERY POPULAR SUPERSTITION
AMONG SOUTHERN BLACKS. IT SUPPOSEDLY KEPT ALL BAD THINGS AWAY FROM
YOU. IT IS SUPPOSED TO GUARD YOUR HEALTH. THE INGREDIENTS,
ALTHOUGH UNKNOWN, WERE VERY FOUL SMELLING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): AMULET ; ASAFETIDA ? ; NEGRO

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.1

Date learned: 11-02-1972

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BAD LUCK

OPAL STONES ARE BAD LUCK AND SHOULD NOT BE GIVEN TO A FRIEND OR LOVER
IN A PIECE OF JEWELRY.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.1

Date learned: 10-11-1972

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"IF YOU PUT YOUR SHOES ON A TABLE IT IS BAD LUCK, BECAUSE IT MEANS
YOUR SHOES WILL OUTLIVE YOU."

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.1

Date learned: 10-29-1972

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"DON'T PUT YOUR SHOES UNDER THE TABLE, IT WILL
BRING BAD LUCK."

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.1

Date learned: 11-01-1972

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"PUTTING SWEATERS ON BACKWARDS WILL BRING BAD LUCK."

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.1

Date learned: 11-09-1972

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"IF TWO PEOPLE WALK ON DIFFERENT SIDES OF A POST, BOTH OF THEM WILL
HAVE BAD LUCK."

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.1
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.2

Date learned: 11-10-1972

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WHEN I WAS SMALL, AND THAT'S WHEN WE USED TO HAVE $2.00 BILLS, THEY
USED TO ALWAYS TELL YOU NOT TO TAKE IT IN CHANGE, OR IT WOULD BRING
YOU BAD LUCK."

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.1
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.2

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"BOB HANKS USED TO NEVER PUT HIS HAT ON A BED. HE ALWAYS THOUGHT IT
WOULD BRING HIM BAD LUCK."

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.1

Date learned: 11-15-1972

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SUPERSTITION

POLISH PEOPLE NEVER PUT SHOES ON BED - BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): LOCATION POSITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.1

Date learned: 11-30-1972

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DON'T LET ANYONE LAY HATS ON YOUR BED; THAT'S BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: I ACTUALLY SAW THE INFORMANT MAKE HIS SON TAKE HIS HAT OFF OF THE BED

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.1

Date learned: 12-10-1972

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WEARING A RING ON THE WEDDING FINGER IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Dreams Foretelling about birth and life
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.1

Date learned: 12-00-1972

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MAN'S HAT

IT IS BAD LUCK TO PLACE A MAN'S HAT ON A BED.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD TO INFORMANT BY A CO}WORKER WHO IS A BLACK
GIRL OF THE MUSLIM FAITH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.1
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.2

Date learned: 10-25-1972

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BAD LUCK

NOBODY COULD TOUCH MY FATHER'S RAZOR STRAP BECAUSE IT WAS BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S FATHER ACTUALLY BELIEVED THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.1

Date learned: 10-14-1972

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OPAL SUPERSTITION

AN OPAL AS A GIFT IS BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment:

TOLD AT HER (ROMA HAYES) HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.1

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BASEBALL BELIEF

NEVER TAKE THE GLOVES OF THE PLAYERS INTO THE DUGOUT. IT IS
BAD LUCK

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.1

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LUCK(COLLECTOR'S TITLE) ; BAD LUCK:OBJECTS(CLASSIFIER'S TITLE)

THE ACE OF SPADES &S THE DEAD MAN'S CARD AND BAD LUCK IF
YOU DRAW IT.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.1

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