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BY RUBBING INDEX FINGERS AND POINTING IN THE DIRECTION
OF A PERSON, ONE INDICATES THAT SHAME HAS FALLEN ON
THAT PERSON.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Shame

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN SOMEONE DOES SOMETHING BAD AS A CHILD, THE OTHER
CHILDREN RUB THE FOREFINGER OF THE RIGHT HAND
AGAINST THE FOREFINGER OF THE LEFT HAND AND SAY
"SHAME, SHAME ON (NAME)."

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WAS TOLD THIS AND SAW THIS IN 1956 IN NEW YORK.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PORT CHESTER

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- Shame

Date learned: 00-00-1956

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INDEX FINGER OF ONE HAND BRUSHED OVER INDEX
FINGER OF OTHER HAND, MEANING "SHAME ON YOU."

Submitter comment: CANNOT REMEMBER WHERE FROM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Shame

Date learned: 10-05-1967

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Superstition: Pregnancy

To Spit on a New-Born Baby:

Whenever a woman looks at another's new-born baby, they must have a little saliva fall on the child. If not, the evil-eye is cast upon the baby.

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James Callow comment:

Written in the bottom left hand corner of the card: [IA25 Mark again for S600 + S644]

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BABY ; CHILD ; CURE ; CURSE ; EVIL EYE ; Newborn ; PREVENTION ; REMEDY ; Saliva

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
SPEECH -- Gesture
SPEECH -- Shame

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