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BAD LUCK

IN ITALY DURING CHRISTMAS TIME YOU FEED THE FARM ANIMALS AS MUCH AS
THEY COULD EAT, OTHERWISE, THE FAMILY WOULD HAVE BAD LUCK ALL YEAR.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM AN ITALIAN FRIEND WHOSE FAMILY IN ITALY
BELIEVED THIS RELIGIOUSLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.46

Date learned: 09-25-1972

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SUPERSTITIONS ABOUT ELVES

THEY LIVE IN THE EARTH AND BEFORE CHRISTMAS THEY COME UP AND DESTROY
NATURE AND ANIMALS. WHEN ANYTHING HAPPENS, TORNADOS, ETC., IT IS
BLAMED ON THE ELVES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F120
BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.46

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