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BELIEF (COLLECTOR'S TITLE) ; BAD LUCK: GESTURES (CLASSIFIERHS TITLE)

THE THIRD PERSON ON A MATCH IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIBRARY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; WORK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.22

Date learned: 01-29-1968

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SPIRITS LIVE IN TREES AND KNOCKING ON WOOD WILL KEEP AWAY BAD
LUCK

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Supernatural Being
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.22
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-00-1979

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MAKING THE SIGN OF THE CROSS

THIS IS USED IN DRIVING OFF THE DEVIL, ACCORDING TO
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.22
SPEECH -- Religious

Date learned: 03-10-1971

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TO CROSS MORE THAN TWO FINGERS IS BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT BELIEVES THIS. IN FACT, HE TRIES TO AVOID
CROSSING HIS FINGERS ANY TIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.22
SPEECH -- Magical Luck

Date learned: 02-25-1971

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IF THERE IS A MINIMUM OF FOUR PEOPLE AND THEY ARE SAYING
GOODBYE TO EACH OTHER, THE GUYS WHO ARE SHAKING HANDS
CANNOT CROSS OVER ONE ANOTHER, BECAUSE THIS IS A
SIGN OF BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: 686 Fourths / Quarters
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.22
SPEECH -- Magical Luck

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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IF YOU PASS A FUNERAL HOME YOU HAVE TO HOLD A BUTTON
OR YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.22
SPEECH -- Magical Luck

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU POINT AT A CEMETERY YOU HAVE TO BITE THE FINGER
YOU POINTED WITH OR YOU'LL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Cemetery
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.22
SPEECH -- Magical Luck

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC ONE NEVER PUTS HIS HANDS
BEHIND HIS NECK, BECAUSE THIS MEANT THAT YOUR MOTHER
WAS GOING TO DIE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.22
SPEECH -- Magical Luck

Date learned: 01-00-1971

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IF YOU STUMBLE ON A CRACK YOU HAVE TO GO BACK AND WALK
OVER THE SAME GROUND AND KISS YOUR THUMBS. IF YOU DON'T
DO THIS, YOU'LL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.22
SPEECH -- Magical Luck

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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IF SOMEBODY SWEEPS ACCIDENTALLY ON YOUR FOOT (A
SIGN OF BAD LUCK) YOU SHOULD GRAB THE BROOM AND
SPIT ON IT (TO COUNTERACT THE BAD EFFECT).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.22
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22
SPEECH -- Magical Luck

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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WHEN A BLACK CAT CROSSES YOUR PATH, SPIT AND TURN AROUND
THREE TIMES. THIS STOPS THE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.22
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22
SPEECH -- Magical Luck

Date learned: 11-14-1971

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KNOCK ON WOOD

THIS GESTURE IS FREQUENTLY MADE TO WARD OFF BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.22
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22
SPEECH -- Magical Luck

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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NEGRO SUPERSTITION (PREVENTATIVE)

BLACK CAT RUNS IN FRONT OF YOU, IT MEANS BAD LUCK SO
SPIT TO CHANGE IT.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.22
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22
SPEECH -- Magical Luck

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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IF YOU CROSS YOUR FINGERS, IT'S GOOD LUCK, BUT IF
YOU CROSS THE FINGERS OF BOTH HANDS IT'S BAD LUCK.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Cross ; Crossing ; CUSTOM ; Finger ; Fingers ; LUCK ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.22

Date learned: 10-30-1971

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FOR GOOD LUCK, ONE SHOULD CROSS TWO FINGERS ON ONE HAND
BUT SHOULD HE CROSS FINGERS ON TWO HANDS, IT WILL
RESULT IN BAD LUCK.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Cross ; Crossing ; CUSTOM ; Finger ; Fingers ; GESTURE ; LUCK ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.22

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THERE IS A GESTURE IN FRANCE WHICH WHEN PERFORMED WARDS
OFF BAD LUCK OR VOIDS A BAD-EYE LOOK GIVEN TO YOU BY
SOMEONE ELSE. THE GESTURE IS TO MAKE A FIST PUTTING
YOUR THUMB IN BETWEEN YOUR MIDDLE AND THE FINGER NEXT
TO YOUR LITTLE FINGER.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID SOME OF HER RELATIVES IN FRANCE ACTIVELY
USED TO PRACTICE THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; KALAMAZOO ; FRANCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.22
SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.12
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Date learned: 02-18-1971

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WHEN GOING UNDER A BRIDGE OR TUNNEL PUT UP YOUR ARMS AS IF
YOU WERE HOLDING UP THE ROOF OF THE CAR SO THE BRIDGE WON'T
FALL ON YOU.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Arms ; BELIEF ; Bridge ; Collapse ; CUSTOM ; GESTURE ; LUCK ; PREVENTION ; Protection ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.22
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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HER SISTER ALWAYS CROSSES HER FINGERS WHEN SHE GOES ON
A BRIDGE BECAUSE SHE BELIEVES THAT IF SHE DOESN'T
SHE WILL LOSE HER BOYFRIEND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Marriage Dating, courtship mechanics
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.22
SPEECH -- Travel

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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