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IF YOU HEAR DOGS HOWLING IN THE NIGHT, IT IS A
PREMONITION THAT YOU WILL HAVE A STREAK OF BAD
LUCK FOR AN INDEFINITE PERIOD OF TIME.

Where learned: ON THE PHONE

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.31

Date learned: 09-17-1969

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IF A BLACK CAT CROSSES YOUR PATH GOING TO THE LEFT
THIS IS A SIGN OF BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SWEARS THIS IS TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Use of Object Animals
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.31

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FISHING BELIEF

THE ALASKAN INDIANS HAVE A PECULIAR WAY OF KNOWING WHEN TO FISH FOR
SALMON. THEIR SHAMAN, A TYPE OF MEDICINE MAN, GOES TO THE TOP (OF)
THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN AND PRAYS TO THE SEA. WHEN HE SEES A SCHOOL
OF BELUGA WHALES SWIMMING CLOSE TO THE SURFACE NEAR SHORE, HE
RETURNS TO THE VILLAGE AND TELLS THE TRIBE THAT THEY CAN NOW GO
TO THE RIVERS AND CATCH ALL THE SALMON THAT THEY WILL NEED FOR THE
WINTER. IF THEY BEGIN CATCHING SALMON BEFORE THIS, IT WILL BRING
BAD LUCK ON THE VILLAGE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 891 Animals, vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.31
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Animals (vertebrate and invertebrate)
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through P891.3

Date learned: 11-20-1968

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SUPERSTITION (COLLECTOR'S TITLE) ; BAD LUCK MAMMAL (CLASSIFIER'S TITLE)

IT'S BAD LUCK IF A BLACK CAT CROSSES YOUR PATH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.31

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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LOOKING AT A DOG ROLLING ON ITS BACK IS A SIGN OF BAD LUCK. ITS
MEANING IS DEATH. SOMEONE YOU KNOW OR MAY HAVE HEARD OF WILL DIE.

Submitter comment: A BELIEF PASSED DOWN IN THE PITTS FAMILY. STARTED DATE EARLY 1920'S

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.31
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.41

Date learned: 10-02-1977

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BAD LUCK OMENS

IN SOME PARTS OF IRELAND TO MEET A PIG AT NIGHT IS A SIGN OF BAD
LUCK, BECAUSE AT NIGHT PIGS CARRY EVIL SPIRITS IN THEIR BODIES.
ONE FARMER HAD A GRUDGE AGAINST HIS NEIGHBOR, JACK TADG. ONE NIGHT
AS JACK TADG WAS COMING HOME FROM THE PUB, HIS NEIGHBOR LET OUT THE
PIG ACROSS THE ROAD, RIGHT IN FRONT OF JACK TADG. JASUS, SAID
JACK TADG, AND BAD LUCK TO YOUR MASTER AND ALL HIS KIND. AT THAT
MOMENT A CAR SPED AROUND THE CURVE OF THE ROAD, HITTING JACK TADG
AND THROWING HIM RIGHT UP ON TOP OF THE PIG. MOST HOLY MOTHER OF
GOD, HE ROARED, AMN'T I TORMENTED FROM HIM LONG ENOUGH TO HAVE ONLY
ONE BAD LUCK AT A TIME. THE TWO BAD LUCKS WERE MEETING THE PIG AND
GETTING HIT BY THE CAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.31

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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A SUPERSTITION

IF A BLACK CAT CROSSES YOUR PATH YOU SHOULD JUMP UP IN THE
AIR AND TURN AROUND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Sign Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.31
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.31

Date learned: 04-00-1980

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LUCK

AN ELEPHANT WITH ITS TRUNK TURNED UP IS GOOD LUCK, WITH HIS TRUNK
DOWN IS BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THIS ELEPHANT MAY BE A FIGURINE, A TOY ETC.

Where learned: ; COLLECTORS HOME

Keyword(s): ANIMALS: ELEPHANTS

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.31
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.31

Date learned: 03-10-1970

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MY GRANDMOTHER WOULD NEVER ALLOW YELLOW CATS INTO THE
HOUSE. THEY WERE TO REMAIN IN THE BARN. TIGER CATS,
BLACK CATS, WHITE CATS, THESE ALL HAD THE HOPE OF BEING
HOUSEHOLD PETS. STRICT APARTHEID WITH YELLOW CATS--TO
THE BARN! IT HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE BELIEF THAT THEY
WOULD BRING MISFORTUNE ON THE HOUSEHOLD. ON THE OTHER
HAND, MY FAMILY ONCE LIVED NEXT DOOR TO A FAMILY ORIGINALLY
FROM THE VERY RURAL PARTS OF KENTUCKY. MRS. PATTON COLLECTED
EVERY YELLOW CAT SHE COULD FIND AND CLAIMED THEY PURRED
LOUDER THAN OTHER CATS AND BROUGHT MORE CHEER TO A HOUSE.
WE OFTEN HEARD HER CRY, "YELLER CAT, HERE YELLER CAT"
FROM HER FRONT PORCH, AND WE WERE GLAD THAT MY GRANDMOTHER
AND MRS. PATTON NEVER LIVED NEAR EACH OTHER.

Submitter comment: TOLD TO ME BY MY NEIGHBOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Use of Object Animals
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.31

Date learned: 00001940-1950

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