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AFRO-AMERICAN BELIEFS

TO TALK WITH THE DEAD WAIT UNTIL MIDNIGHT, WRITE THE NAME
OF THE PERSON YOU WISH TO CONVERSE WITH, COVER A GLASS
OF WATER WITH THE NAME WRITTEN ON A SHEET OF PAPER, AND
STAND BEFORE A MIRROR WITH LIGHTED CANDLE. THE FIGURE OF
THE PERSON WILL APPEAR IN THE MIRROR. MM
IF A PERSON SWEEPS ACROSS YOUR FEET WITH THE BROOM YOU
MUST SPIT UPON IT OR YOU WILL GO TO JAIL. MM
PICKING A MARRIAGE PARTNER:
A WOMAN WHOSE SECOND TOE IS LONGER THAN THE FIRST IS A
POOR CHOICE FOR A WIFE IN THAT SHE WILL MAKE HER
HUSBAND MISERABLE BY DOMINATION OR HER ATTEMPTS AT DOING
SO. MM
ANOTHER IS THAT A PREGNANT WOMAN SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED
TO PREPARE FOOD BECAUSE SHE IS UNCLEAN. MM
IF A MAN'S WIFE
CLIMBS ACROSS HIM TO GET OUT OF BED HE WILL BEAR THE
LABOR PAINS.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTAGIOUS MAGIC ; TRANSFER

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping
BELIEF -- Conversions Gestures
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 07-00-1967

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IF YOU GET SWEPT BY A BROOM SPIT
ON IT OR YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT BELIEVED THIS TO BE TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Conversions Gestures
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00-00-1985

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KNOCK ON WOOD TO PREVENT BAD LUCK.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Gestures
BELIEF -- Conversions Gestures

Date learned: 07-01-1973

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WHEN YOU SPILL SALT, THROW SOME OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER TO
PREVENT BAD LUCK.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink
BELIEF -- Conversions Gestures

Date learned: 07-01-1973

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IF A RABBIT CROSSES ROAD IN FRONT OF YOU, YOU HAVE TO BREAK
STRING TO WARD OFF BAD LUCK, IF HE CROSSED TO LEFT. IF HE
CROSSED TO THE RIGHT, YOU TURN YOUR HAT AROUND UNTIL YOU GET
PASSED WHERE HE CROSSED. I'VE SEEN UNCLE BILLY DO THIS LOTS
OF TIMES. ANY KIND OF A STRING WOULD WORK--A THREAD OR ANYTHING.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HERNDON

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals
BELIEF -- Conversions Objects
BELIEF -- Conversions Gestures

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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AFTER SOMEONE MAKES A STATEMENT ABOUT HOW SUCH AND SUCH
HAS NOT HAPPENED TO HIM YET, HE "KNOCKS ON WOOD" TO
RETAIN THE LUCK OF NOT HAVING IT HAPPEN.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
BELIEF -- Conversions Gestures

Date learned: 00001973 (ASSUMED)

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IF YOU ARE GOING SOMEWHERE AND DECIDE TO TURN BACK BEFORE
YOU HAVE REACHED YOUR DESTINATION, MAKE AN "X" WHERE YOU
HAD TO TURN AROUND OR IT WILL BE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel
BELIEF -- Conversions Gestures

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN YOU PUT SOMETHING ON WRONG SIDE OUT, MAKE A CROSS WITH
YOUR FINGERS OVER YOUR HEART AND YOU WON'T HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; HENDERSONVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Conversions Gestures
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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