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IT IS CONSIDERED GOOD LUCK TO TIE A STRING OF THREAD AROUND A NEW
BORN BABY'S WRIST AND TIE SEVEN KNOTS INTO THE THREAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SEVEN KNOTS

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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BELIEF ABOUT A FRIENDSHIP BRACELET

A RAWHIDE BRACELET IS GIVEN TO YOU BY YOUR FRIEND
AS A TOKEN OF YOUR FRIENDSHIP. IT CONSISTS OF FOUR KNOTS.
ONE THE BIGGEST, IS A SQUARE KNOT REPRESENTING SOME EVIL.
THE OTHER THREE REPRESENT IN ORDER, YOUR FRIEND, YOURSELF
AND A WALL. THIS IS SAID TO MEAN THAT AS LONG AS YOU HAVE YOUR FRIEND
YOU WILL NEVER HAVE TO FACE EVIL HEAD ON, BECAUSE YOUR FRIEND IS IN
FRONT OF YOU, AND THE WALL IS BEHIND YOU.
IT WAS SAID THAT YOU HAD TO WEAR THESE BRACELETS FOR A PERIOD OF
ONE YEAR, OR UNTIL THEY ROTTED OFF.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Keyword(s): Bracelet ; FRIENDSHIP ; Friendship Bracelet ; JEWELRY ; Knot ; SIGN ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 10-23-1970

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