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LUCK

NEVER WASTE PEANUT SHEELS ON THE GROUND, IT CAUSES FUSS.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): ARGUMENT QUARRELING DISCORD

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: CA11001973

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Autograph Rhyme

Each life's an album, every page

From fair haired youth to gray old age

Is writ in prose or story.

God grant your life and album be

Filled up with records good to see

The "finis" found in Glory.

Submitter comment:

Found in autograph book from the 1880's

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): AGE ; Album ; AUTOGRAPH ; Elderly ; Glory ; Gray ; Old ; Record ; RHYME ; Signature ; Story ; VERSE ; Young ; YOUTH

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse

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THE TURNING POINT

IT WAS SAID WHEN A CHILD IS SEVEN YEARS OLD, THE MOTHER
GIVES IT ITS NAVEL WHICH THE MOTHER KEPT IN HIDING
(SINCE THE CHILD'S BIRTH). IF THE CHILD UNTIES THE CORD,
IT WILL BE SMART AND QUICK TO CATCH ON IN LEARNING. IF
THE CHILD IS SLOW AND CAN'T UNTIE IT (THE CORD), IT WILL
BE SLOW AND AWKWARD.

Submitter comment: I VAGUELY REMEMBER MY MOTHER DOING THIS WHEN MY YOUNGER
BROTHER TURNED SEVEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): UMBILICAL CORD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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WHEN PREGNANT, DO NOT PUT YOUR ARMS ABOVE YOUR HEAD, OR THE
CORD WILL WRAP AROUND YOUR BABY'S NECK AND CHOKE HIM.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; BRENTWOOD

Keyword(s): UMBILICAL CORD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Use of Object Human beings and their activities

Date learned: 07-05-1973

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Ethnic: Russian

Wedding Custom:

When the bride is preparing for her wedding (getting dressed and ready to leave for church) a violin player and an accordian player play a special tune.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Written on bottom left of the card: [ Ethnic? Russian Orthodox, says collector.]

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Accordion ; Bride ; CUSTOM ; DRESS ; Fashion ; MARRIAGE ; MUSIC ; violin ; WEDDING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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IF THE CORD IS CUT CLOSER THAN THREE INCHES TO THE NAVEL,
THE BABY WILL BLEED TO DEATH.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Bleed ; CHILDBIRTH ; Cut ; DEATH ; Delivery ; Die ; Inches ; infant ; Labor ; Length ; Newborn ; PREGNANCY ; THREE ; UMBILICAL CORD

James Callow Keyword(s): UMBILICAL CORD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 08-20-1973

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A MOTHER SHOULD COUNT THE BLACK BALLS OF FIBER IN THE
CORD TO DETERMINE HOW MANY MORE CHILDREN SHE WILL HAVE.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Black ; COLOR ; Fiber ; NUMBER ; Offspring ; PREGNANCY ; UMBILICAL CORD

James Callow Keyword(s): UMBILICAL CORD

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of quantity or weight
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs

Date learned: 08-20-1973

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IF A PREGNANT WOMAN REACHES OVERHEAD (HANGING OUT
CLOTHES, ETC.) SHE WILL WRAP CORD AROUND BABY'S NECK.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Cord ; PREGNANCY ; Reach ; UMBILICAL CORD

James Callow Keyword(s): UMBILICAL CORD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 06-06-1973

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A PREGNANT WOMAN'S CLIMBING WILL CAUSE THE NAVEL STRING
TO WRAP AROUND THE BABY'S NECK.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; PREGNANCY ; UMBILICAL CORD

James Callow Keyword(s): STRANGULATION ; UMBILICAL CORD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 06-10-1973

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