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WHEN A BLACK CAT CROSSES IN FRONT OF YOU, TURN YOUR HAT AROUND AND
SPIT OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER TO BREAK THE SPELL.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PRIMM SPRINGS

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Conversions Animals
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 07-19-1968

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IF YOU SEE A BLACK CAT, TURN YOUR RING OR YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MOUNT PLEASANT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION ; REVERSAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals
BELIEF -- Conversions Animals

Date learned: 07-21-1968

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IF A BLACK CAT CROSSES YOUR PATH, TWIRL AROUND TO PREVENT
BAD LUCK.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MADISON

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

Date learned: 11-01-1197

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IF A BLACK CAT CROSSES YOUR PATH WHILE DRIVING OR RIDING IN
A CAR, THROW OUT A PIECE OF THREAD FROM YOUR GARMENT TO WARD
OFF BAD LUCK.

Where learned: NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Conversions Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)
BELIEF -- Conversions Animals

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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