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LUCK

NO NEW MOTHER SHOULD BE ALLOWED IN THE HOME FOR FORTY DAYS AFTER
GIVING BIRTH, FOR SHE IS UNBLESSED BY GOD, AND COULD BRING BAD
LUCK TO THE FAMILY OF THE HOME SHE VISITS.

Submitter comment: IT IS NOT ONLY BAD LUCK FOR ANYONE TO LET THIS WOMAN IN THEIR
HOUSE, BUT IT IS ALSO BAD LUCK FOR THE WOMAN TO EVEN LEAVE THE HOUSE.
SHE SHOULD BE HOME GUARDING THE CHILD, WHO IS ESPECIALLY SUSEPTIBLE
AT THIS TIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.40
BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.2
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.43

Date learned: 09-24-1972

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IF YOU WEAR AN OPAL AND IT IS NOT YOUR BIRTHSTONE YOU WILL

BAD LUCK

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.43

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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NEVER NAME THE FIRST BOY AFTER HIS FATHER OR THE FIRST
GIRL AFTER HER MOTHER BECAUSE IT IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Baptism Naming rite
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.43

Date learned: 10-28-1970

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PRE-BAPTISM BELIEF

FOR THE SLOVAK, IT IS BAD LUCK FOR A BABY IF SOMEONE VISITS
HIM BEFORE HE IS BAPTISED.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER STILL BELIEVES THIS SUPERSTITION
BUT THE INFORMANT DOES NOT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Baptism Naming rite
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.43

Date learned: 03-17-1970

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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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