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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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LUCK

IT IS BAD LUCK TO SWEEP TRASH OUT OF THE DOOR AFTER SUNDOWN. IF
YOU DO YOU WILL BE SWEEPING A MEMBER OUT OF YOUR FAMILY. INFORMANT
SAID HER MOTHER WOULD NEVER SWEEP AT THAT TIME AND WOULD NOT ALLOW
HER TO. THIS MEANT THAT ONE MEMBER WOULD DIE.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.21
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.44

Date learned: 10-30-1972

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IT IS BAD TO BURY AFTER SUNSET.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; BURIAL ; Dead ; SUNSET ; SUPERSTITION ; WEATHER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.44

Date learned: 09-08-1972

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LUCK (COLLECTORS TITLE) ; BAD LUCK: DEATH (CLASSIFIER'S TITLE)

IT IS BAD LUCK TO COUNT THE CARS IN A FUNERAL PROCESSSION.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.44

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DO NOT COUNT FUNERAL CARS OR YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: TOLD AT GRANDPARENT'S HOUSE

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

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

Date learned: 11-29-1970

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