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IF SOMEONE SWEEPS YOUR FEET WITH A BROOM, YOU HAVE TO
GRAB THE BROOM AND SPIT ON IT OR BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN.

Where learned: ALABAMA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping
BELIEF -- Conversions Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 01111984CA

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If someone sweeps your feet with a broom you must do seven
complete turns and spit on the broom three times or you will soon go
to jail.

James Callow comment: For earlier African-American predictions that sweeping one's feet
can send that person to jail see Puckett, "Folk Beliefs of the
Southern Negro," p. 397; the informants were from Alabama and
Georgia. Puckett, Ohio, nos. 20562-20572 also equate brooms and
sweeping with arrest and jail. Note that almost all the informants
are listed as Negro. No. 20573 contains three examples of converting
the consequences by spitting on the broom, but none of these
informants, two of whom are Negro, prescribes a certain number of
times for this action.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
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BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working
BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Conversions Broom Sweeping
SPEECH -- Magical Conversions

Date learned: 00-00-1978

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WHEN YOU MOVE, SWEEP OUT THE HOUSE OR ELSE YOU'LL
LEAVE YOUR LUCK IN THE HOUSE AND NOT HAVE ANY IN
THE NEW HOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities
BELIEF -- Conversions Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 03-10-1970

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IF YOU GET SWEPT ON THE FOOT BY A BROOM, IT IS BAD LUCK.
YOU CAN CHANGE IT BY SPITTING ON THE BROOM.

Where learned: ALABAMA, ASSUMED ; MONTGOMERY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping
BELIEF -- Conversions Broom Sweeping
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE BAD LUCK TO MOVE A BROOM WHEN YOU MOVE FROM
ONE HOUSE TO ANOTHER; BUT IF YOU DO, THROW IT OVER THE HOUSE
BEFORE YOU USE IT.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HOPKINSVILLE

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 -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping
BELIEF -- Conversions Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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