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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

NEVER RETURN SALT BECAUSE YOUR FRIENDSHIP WILL BE DISSOLVED

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN GLOUCESTER, OHIO AND STILL BIDES BY IT TODAY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MISFORTUNE ; OBSERVATION ; PESSIMISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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IT IS BAD LUCK IF SOME ONE GIVES YOU BABY ARTICLES AS SOON AS YOU
KNOW YOU ARE PREGNANT.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR ; TOLD AT HER HOME

Keyword(s): IMPLIED WARNING ; MISFORTUNE

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFT-GIVING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 02-15-1970

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

IT NEVER RAINS BUT WHAT IT POURS.
WHEN TROUBLE COMES - IT COMES IN BUNCHES.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): WEATHER MISFORTUNE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-06-1971

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GESTURE

WHEN SOMEONE IS COMPLAINING ABOUT HIS BAD LUCK OR MISFORTUNE,
OFTEN ONE WILL RUN HIS INDEX FINGER AND THUMB TOGETHER LIGHTLY
AND REMARK, "DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT IS? IT'S THE WORLD'S SMALLEST
VIOLIN PLAYING HEARTS & FLOWERS FOR YOU."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): MISFORTUNE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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Ethnic:Ugandan

Cocks and Misfortune:

If a family keeps poultry, and is a cock among them crows between sun-set and mid-night [sic], that particular bird must be strangled immediately to overt misfortune!

 

Submitter comment:

The superstition is proper to the Batooro tribe of about 100,000 poeple of Uganda.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P530, P880] crossed out/replaced with current classifications

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMALS ; BELIEF ; CUSTOM ; ETHNIC ; FARMING ; MISFORTUNE ; Omens ; Poultry ; SUPERSTITION ; Tribe ; Uganda

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Bird

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