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SELLING SALT AT NIGHT BRINGS ILL LUCK TO THE SHOPKEEPER. THIS BELIEF
IS SO DEEP-ROOTED THAT ONE WILL NEVER SUCCEED IN PERSUADING A SHOP-
KEEPER TO GIVE SALT AT ANY TIME DURING THE NIGHT.

Where learned: TANZANIA ; EAST AFRICA

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: 03-00-1982

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO CUT BREAD AT BOTH ENDS OF THE
LOAF.

Submitter comment: FROM DORM FRIENDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; MERCY COLLEGE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Cereal
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: 10-19-1967

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YOU MUST HAVE BREAD AND SALT WHEN YOU MOVE INTO A
NEW HOUSE, OR IT'S BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Food Drink -- Plant food Cereal
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: 04-00-1968

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IT IS AN OMEN OF BAD LUCK TO LAY A LOAF OF BREAD
UPSIDE-DOWN.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD TO THE INFORMANT BY HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Observation
Food Drink -- Plant food Cereal
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: 05-18-1965

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A LOAF OF BREAD THAT IS UPSIDE-DOWN ON A TABLE IS
SUPPOSED TO MEAN BAD LUCK FOR WHOEVER PUT IT THAT
WAY.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Cereal
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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NEVER LEAVE A LOAF OF BREAD ON ITS TOP WITH
BOTTOM UP; IT SHOWS DISRESPECT FOR GOD AND
THEREFORE IS BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: FRENCH

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

Subject headings: Favorites
Food Drink -- Plant food Fruit
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: 09-15-1969

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IF A PIECE OF BREAD AND BUTTER FALLS ON THE THE
FLOOR AND THE BUTTERED SIDE HITS THE FLOOR, IT IS
CONSIDERED BAD LUCK.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; LINCOLNSHIRE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Animal product Butter
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: 03-03-1971

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IT IS UNLUCKY TO SPILL SALT--COMES FROM THE TIME WHEN
JUDAS UPSET SALT WITH HIS HAND AT THE LAST SUPPER
WHEN GETTING UP TO LEAVE TO BETRAY CHRIST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): APOCRYPHAL BIBLE INCIDENT ; ISCARIOT ; JESUS

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: 04-03-1967

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NEVER LET A PERSON BORROW SALT, UNLESS HE PAY
A PENNY OR A COPPER PIECE FOR IT, BECAUSE THAT IS
A SIGN OF BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED FROM CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Bad luck Money
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: 03-05-1971

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WHEN ONE ASKS FOR THE SALT SHAKER TO BE PASSED TO HIM,
HE SHOULD ASK FOR IT TO BE PLACED DOWN ON THE TABLE
BEFORE ACCEPTING IT, FOR BAD LUCK WILL BEFALL YOU
IF YOU RECEIVE IT HAND TO HAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Bad luck Furniture (bed, table, chair, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: 04-26-1972

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IN LEBANON, WHEN THEY HEAR A DOG HOWLING, THEY
FEEL IT IS A SYMBOL OF BAD LUCK. THEY THROW IT
BREAD, BUT IF IT DOESN'T STOP, IT IS THE FORE-
SHADOWING OF VERY BAD LUCK OR DEATH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals
BELIEF -- Conversions Animals

Date learned: 00001968 FALL

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO TELL A DREAM BEFORE BREAKFAST. MY FAMILY ALL
QUOTED THIS BELIEF WHEN EVER ANYONE WOULD START TO TELL A
DREAM BEFORE BREAKFAST. AFTER EATING IT WAS OK. THIS BELIEF
APPLIED TO ALL DREAMS--IT WAS WRONG TO TELL BAD DREAMS BECAUSE
THEY MIGHT COME TRUE, BUT GOOD DREAMS COULD NOT BE TOLD
EITHER BECAUSE THE GOOD THINGS MIGHT BE CANCELLED OUT IF IT
WERE TOLD OUT LOUD. EVERYONE WOULD LAUGH WHEN SOMEONE
SAID "IT IS BAD LUCK" OR "DON'T TELL IT NOW, WAIT TILL YOU
EAT" BUT SOMEONE ALWAYS SAID IT TO STOP ANOTHER MEMBER
FROM TELLING THE DREAM. I STILL DO IT AS A MATTER OF
COURSE TO MY OWN FAMILY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEBANON

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Dreams
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ON NEW YEAR'S DAY, EAT BLACK EYED PEAS AND HANG A BAG OF
THEM BEHIND THE STOVE FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Use of Object
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: 06-28-1970

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EATING PEANUTS IN THE PITS OF A RACETRACK CAUSES BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; MURFREESBORO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink
BELIEF -- Bad luck Games Pastimes Sports

Date learned: 06-11-1972

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SHE SAID, "THROW SALT OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER IF YOU BIT INTO
BONE," (WHILE EATING). WHEN ASKED WHY, SHE REPLIED, "I DON'T
KNOW WHY--IT'S JUST SUPPOSED TO BE BAD LUCK."

Submitter comment: I HEARD THIS FROM SOMEONE IN TENNESSEE (WHO I WASN'T ABLE TO

Where learned: TRENTON ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU SPILL SALT ON THE TABLE, MEANS IT'S BAD LUCK. AND THAT
WAS BECAUSE OF, (YOU KNOW) WHEN CHRIST GOT CRUCIFIED, JUDAS,
WHEN CHRIST SAID THAT ONE OF (TH)EM WOULD DENY HIM, JUDAS
TURNED OVER AND KNOCKED THE SALT OVER. SO EVERYONE THINKS
THAT'S BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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WHEN ONE SPILLS SOME SALT, THROW A PINCH OF SALT OVER THE
LEFT SHOULDER FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; OWENSBORO

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink
BELIEF -- Conversions Food and drink

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO PASS SALT FROM ONE PERSON TO ANOTHER AT
THE TABLE, UNLESS YOU SET IT DOWN ON THE TABLE FIRST.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: 07-00-1972

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO STIR THE GRAVY (OR ANYTHING) BACKWARDS.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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WHEN YOU SPILL SALT, THROW SOME OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER TO
PREVENT BAD LUCK.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink
BELIEF -- Conversions Gestures

Date learned: 07-01-1973

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