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IF YOU ATTEND A FUNERAL WHILE PREGNANT YOUR BABY WILL BE
BORN OR GROW UP TO BE A VERY DARK COMPLEXTION PERSON.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS LEARNED DURING MY STAY IN DETROIT WITH PEOPLE WHO
LIVED THERE A LONG TIME.
THIS SUPERSTITIOUS BELIEF --THE TABOO OF ATTENDING A FUNERAL
WHILE YOU ARE PREGNANT WILL AFFECT THE COLOR OF THE UNBORN. THIS
USUALLY APPLIES TO BLACK FOLK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPLECTION COMPLEXION ; NEGRO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: CA06171966

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POWDERED MILK FACIAL

TO REMOVE WRINKLES AND RELAX THE FACE MUSCLES,
ADD ENOUGH WATER TO A BOWLOF MILK POWDER TO FORM A THICK PASTE.
SPREAD IT EVENLY OVER THE ENTIRE FACE AND THROAT,
AND LET IT SET FOR ABOUT TEN MINUTES.
REMOVE GENTLY BY SPLASHING THE HARDENED MASK WITH WARM WATER
UNTIL IT BEGINS TO DISSOLVE;
THEN WASH FACE IN WARM WATER AND SOAP, DRY, AND APPLY MOISTURE CREAM.

Submitter comment: THIS METHOD IS QUITE EFFECTIVE
BUT SHOULD NOT BE USED TOO FRQUENTLY.
BECAUSE IT TENDS TO DRY THE SKIN.
MY INFORMANT OBTAINED THE INFORMATION FROM HER BEAUTY OPERATOR.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Keyword(s): BEAUTY TREATMENTS ; COMPLEXION ; FACIALS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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IF A PREGNANT WOMAN GOES TO A FUNERAL, THE BABY WILL BE
BORN PALE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; WARTRACE

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPLEXION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 06-18-1972

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BELIEF

IF YOU DRINK COFFEE, IT WILL MAKE YOU BLACK.

Submitter comment: SAYING HER MOTHER ALWAYS TOLD HER WHEN SHE WAS A LITTLE GIRL WHEN
SHE ASKED IF SHE COULD DRINK COFFEE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPLEXION

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
Food Drink -- Non-alcoholic fruit beverage Coffee
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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YOUNG NEGRO CHILDREN WERE ONCE TAUGHT NOT TO DRINK COFFEE
BECAUSE IT WILL MAKE THEM DARK.

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Where learned: ALABAMA, ASSUMED ; MONTGOMERY

Keyword(s): CHILDREN ; Coffee ; Coffee ; COLOR ; Dark ; Pigmentation ; SKIN ; SUPERSTITION ; WARNING

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR OF SKIN COMPLEXION

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Non-alcoholic fruit beverage Coffee
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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