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AFTER YOU LEAVE A BUILDING, DON'T RETURN. IF YOU DO RETURN,
IT'S BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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YOU MUST HOLD YOUR BREATH WHEN YOU DRIVE PAST A GRAVEYARD, OR
YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel
BELIEF -- Conversions Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU START SOMEWHERE AND TURN AROUND TO GO BACK FOR SOMETHING,
YOU HAVE TO "MARK IT OUT" OR ELSE YOU'LL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 06-02-1970

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BAD LUCK TO GO IN A HOUSE THROUGH ONE DOOR AND LEAVE BY ANOTHER
DOOR.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 07-06-1972

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WHEN TWO PEOPLE WALKING TOGETHER WALK ON DIFFERENT SIDES OF AN
OBSTACLE (LIKE A TREE), YOU'LL HAVE BAD LUCK IF YOU DON'T
SAY "BREAD AND BUTTER."

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel
BELIEF -- Conversions
SPEECH -- Formula

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WHATEVER DOOR YOU USE TO ENTER A HOUSE, YOU MUST USE TO LEAVE
BY, OR YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 07-19-1968

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WHEN SEVERAL PEOPLE ARE WALKING TOGETHER, ALWAYS WALK ON THE
SAME SIDE OF AN OBJECT (LIKE A POST) WHICH MAY SEPARATE YOU.
IT IS BAD LUCK IF YOU DON'T. TO BREAK THE SPELL, SAY "BREAD
AND BUTTER."

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel
BELIEF -- Conversions
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 08-01-1968

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ALWAYS GO OUT OF A HOUSE BY THE SAME DOOR YOU ENTER IT.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 07-24-1968

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IF YOU STUMBLE ON THE DOORSTEPS, IT IS BEST TO CANCEL THE TRIP
OR VACATION YOU ARE PLANNING, FOR FEAR OF BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; BRADFORD

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 07-00-1968

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DON'T LEAVE A HOUSE BY THE SAME DOOR THROUGH WHICH YOU ENTERED,
OR IT'S BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 05-08-1972

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IF YOU FORGET SOMETHING, GET OUT OF THE WAGON (CARRIAGE, CAR,
ETC.) AND DRAW A CIRCLE AND SPIT IN IT BEFORE YOU GO BACK
TO GET WHAT YOU FORGOT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; DORM ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 04-02-1969

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I HAD AN AUNT WHO BELIEVED WHEN YOU HAD LEFT THE HOUSE AND
STARTED TO GO SOME PLACE, IF YOU TURNED AROUND AND WENT BACK
FOR SOMETHING YOU HAD FORGOTTEN, YOU WOULD HAVE BAD LUCK.
SHE BELIEVED IT SO STRONGLY, SHE REFUSED TO LET MY BROTHER
GO BACK FOR HIS WATCH, WHEN HE WAS TAKING HER SOME PLACE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; PEABODY COLLEGE LIBRARY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 05-01-1969

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WHEN A PERSON IS LEAVING FOR A TRIP, DON'T WATCH THEM OUT OF
SIGHT OR THEY'LL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: VIRGINIA ; NORTH GARDEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 03-23-1969

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO GO BACK INTO THE HOUSE TO GET SOMETHING YOU'VE
FORGOTTEN, ONCE YOU'VE LEFT THE HOUSE.

Where learned: VIRGINIA ; NORTH GARDEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 03-23-1969

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IF A PERSON IS WALKING ON A SIDEWALK, HE SHOULD NEVER STEP ON
A CRACK, FOR IF HE DOES, IT WILL BRING HIM BAD LUCK.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 03-24-1969

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IF YOU FORGET SOMETHING AND GO BACK TO GET IT, BE SURE TO SIT DOWN
FOR A MINUTE BEFORE LEAVING. IF YOU DON'T, YOU WILL HAVE BAD
LUCK.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU ARE WALKING WITH SOMEONE BY A POLE OR ANY OTHER OBSTACLE,
BOTH OF YOU HAVE TO GO BY IT ON THE SAME SIDE. IF YOU DON'T,
IT WILL BRING BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 06-29-1970

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IF ONE GOES IN THE FRONT DOOR OF A HOUSE, HE HAD BETTER GO OUT
THE FRONT DOOR. IT IS BAD LUCK TO DO OTHERWISE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 06-25-1970

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