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POINTING

IF YOU POINT AT THE SKY YOU SHOULD BITE YOUR FINGER BECAUSE YOU
ARE POINTING AT GOD.

Submitter comment: THIS SAYING WAS TOLD TO STOP CHILDREN FROM POINTING.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creator
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: CA11001973

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SALT

NEVER WIPE SALT OFF THE TABLE, BLOWIT OFF,
OR YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): SPILLED SALT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.17
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.17
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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BAD LUCK BY POINTING TO THE SKY (COLLECTOR,S TITLE) ; CONVERSION: BITING (CLASSIFIER,S TITLE) ; GESTURE OR SIGN LANGUE BY USE OF HANDS (CLASSIFIER,S TITLE)

THEY SAY THAT IT IS BAD LUCK TO POINT TO THE SKY, IF YOU DO,
YOU SHOULD BITE YOUR FINGER UNTIL IT HURTS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THAT HER MOTHER ALWAYS DID THIS, AND SAID THAT HER
MOTHER ALWAYS SAID THAT GOD DOES NOT LIKE TO BE POINTED AT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 02-02-1972

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LUCK (COLLECTOR,S TITLE) ; CONVERSION; UNDERWEAR-SLIP (CLASSIFIER,S TITLE)

IF YOU PUT SLIP ON INSIDE-OUT,
IT IS GOOD LUCK TO LEAVE IT THAT WAY, BUT BAD LUCK TO CHANGE IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLOTHING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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BELIEF

IN UKRAINE, IT IS BELIEVED THAT IF A PERSON SPEAKS OF HIS OWN GOOD
FORTUNE, HE SHOULD AFTERWARDS KNOCK THREE TIMES ON SOME RAW,
UNFINISHED WOOD SO HIS LUCK WON'T CHANGE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT COLLECTED INFORMATION PASSED ON BY GRANDPARENTS IN UKRAINE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONVERSION ; SUPERNATURAL: KNOCKING ON WOOD ; UKRAINIAN BELIEF

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-01-1967

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BELIEF

MANY SPANISH PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT AFTER SEEING A PRIEST CLOTHED IN
BLACK, THEY SHOULD TOUCH SOMETHING MADE OF WOOD TO AVOID BAD LUCK.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONVERSION ; SPANISH BELIEF ; SUPERNATURAL: TOUCHING WOOD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22
SPEECH -- Gesture
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 02-17-1970

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INSIDE OUT

IF YOU PUT SOMETHING ON INSIDE OUT DON'T CHANGE IT OR YOU WILL HAVE
BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT ACTUALLY SAID THIS ON SUCH AN OCCASION.

Keyword(s): CLOTHING ; CONVERSION ; HOME, DOMESTIC PURSUITS

James Callow Keyword(s): DRESSING ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22

Date learned: NONE GIVEN

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WHEN YOU SEE A CHIMNEY SWEEP, QUICKLY PULL OFF A BUTTON FROM YOUR
CLOTHING TO PREVENT BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT FOUND THIS AMUSING BUT IMPRACTICAL.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Keyword(s): CONVERSION ; HOME, DOMESTIC PURSUITS ; OCCUPATIONS: CHIMNEY SWEEPING

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22

Date learned: 10-08-1971

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IF SOMEBODY SWEEPS ACCIDENTALLY ON YOUR FOOT (A
SIGN OF BAD LUCK) YOU SHOULD GRAB THE BROOM AND
SPIT ON IT (TO COUNTERACT THE BAD EFFECT).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.22
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22
SPEECH -- Magical Luck

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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WHEN A BLACK CAT CROSSES YOUR PATH, SPIT AND TURN AROUND
THREE TIMES. THIS STOPS THE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.22
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22
SPEECH -- Magical Luck

Date learned: 11-14-1971

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KNOCK ON WOOD

THIS GESTURE IS FREQUENTLY MADE TO WARD OFF BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.22
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22
SPEECH -- Magical Luck

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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NEGRO SUPERSTITION (PREVENTATIVE)

BLACK CAT RUNS IN FRONT OF YOU, IT MEANS BAD LUCK SO
SPIT TO CHANGE IT.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.22
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22
SPEECH -- Magical Luck

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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IF SOMEONE TALKS BEHIND YOUR BACK, SPIT IN
FOUR CORNERS OF A ROOM.

Submitter comment:

HEARD FROM A FRIEND.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; J L HUDSONS COMPANY

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Corners ; CUSTOM ; GOSSIP ; Response ; SPIT ; SUPERSTITION ; TALK

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; POSITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22

Date learned: 11-25-1967

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IF YOU HAVE BEEN HAVING GOOD LUCK AND YOU HAPPEN TO
MENTION IT OUT LOUD, YOU SHOULD KNOCK ON A PIECE OF
WOOD SO YOUR LUCK WILL NOT LEAVE YOU.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CUSTOM ; GESTURE ; Knock ; Knocking ; LUCK ; SUPERSTITION ; WOOD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF A PERSON LOOKS AT YOU WITH THE EVIL EYE YOU CAN
RETURN IT BY PLACING YOUR INDEX AND BABY FINGERS
APREAD OUT AND POINTED DOWN. THIS WILL MAKE
YOU SAFE FROM IT.

Submitter comment:

THIS IS DONE IN SICILY BY ALL THE PEOPLE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; SICILY

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CUSTOM ; EVIL ; EVIL EYE ; Eye ; Fingers ; GESTURE ; Prevent ; SUPERSTITION ; Ward

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Curse
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22
SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.12

Date learned: 10-06-1970

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TO WARD OFF THE "COOTIES" SO COMMON TO ALL GRADE
SCHOOL CHILDREN, A GESTURE OF 2 FISTS TOGETHER WITH THE
THUMBS EXTENDED IS MADE.

Data entry tech comment:

DIAGRAM IS ON 5 X 8 CARD.

Updated By TRD for BN. Card Info Update is Forthcoming.

Where learned: DORM ROOM

Keyword(s): BEHAVIOR ; BELIEF ; CHILDHOOD ; CHILDREN ; Classroom ; COOTIES ; CUSTOM ; Fists ; GAME ; GESTURE ; Grade School ; SLANG ; Thumb

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School
BELIEF -- P670 P670.88
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22

Date learned: 10-10-1969

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IF A PERSON CROSSES HIS ARMS OR HANDS IN THE FORM OF A
CROSS WHEN A VAMPIRE COMES, HE WILL DRIVE IT AWAY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): Arms ; BEHAVIOR ; BELIEF ; Cross ; GESTURE ; Vampire ; Ward

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN GOING UNDER A BRIDGE OR TUNNEL PUT UP YOUR ARMS AS IF
YOU WERE HOLDING UP THE ROOF OF THE CAR SO THE BRIDGE WON'T
FALL ON YOU.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Arms ; BELIEF ; Bridge ; Collapse ; CUSTOM ; GESTURE ; LUCK ; PREVENTION ; Protection ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.22
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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AFTER AN AMBULANCE GOES PAST YOU, MAKE THE SIGN OF
THE CROSS TO PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST BEING THE NEXT
ONE IN THE AMBULANCE.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT TAUGHT AS A SMALL BOY TO DO THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; LANSING-REILLY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22

Date learned: 10-06-1970

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AFTER BOASTING, KNOCK ON WOOD.

Submitter comment: THIS BELIEF ORIGINATES WITH THE THEORY THAT POWERFUL
GODS LIVED IN TREES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Coldwater

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22
SPEECH -- Knocking on wood

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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