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THE RESPONDENT'S NEIGHBOR ATE DIRT "BY THE GALLON"
WHILE PREGNANT. WHEN HER CHILD WAS BORN, SHE CARRIED DIRT
COLORED SPLOTCHES ON HER BACK AND ABDOMEN.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): Ate ; BELIEF ; Birthmark ; CHILDBEARING ; Consumed ; Dirt ; OMEN ; PREGNANCY ; Splotches

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic
Food Drink -- Food N200.542
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 06-06-1973

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WHILE PREGNANT, THE RESPONDENT ATTENDED A MAN WHO HAD
BEEN STABBED. WHEN HER CHILD WAS BORN, THE CHILD HAD
BLOOD COLORED SPOTS ON HER CHEST.

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Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Birthmark ; BLOOD ; OMEN ; PREGNANCY ; Splotches ; Stabbed ; Tend

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 01-23-1973

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THE RESPONDENT'S AUNT HAS A FISH SHAPED MOLE ON THE
RIGHT SIDE OF HER FACE, SUPPOSEDLY THERE BECAUSE HER
MOTHER, WHILE PREGNANT WITH HER, LOST A FISH OFF HER
HOOK, AND SLAPPED HER OWN CHEEK IN DISGUST.

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Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Birthmark ; Caught ; Cheek ; FACE ; FISH ; HOOK ; LOST ; OMEN ; PREGNANCY ; Slapped

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 06-06-1973

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IF A PREGNANT WOMAN CRAVES ANYTHING WHICH IS DENIED HER,
HER CHILD WILL BEAR A MARK RESEMBLING THAT OBJECT.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Birthmark ; Crave ; FOOD ; PREGNANCY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 10-23-1973

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BIRTHMARKS ARE DUE TO MOTHER WITNESSING UNPLEASANT OR
FRIGHTNING SIGHTS.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Birthmark ; Frighten ; Witness

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 10-13-1973

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IF A CAT HAS A CROSS-SHAPED MARK ON ITS FOREHEAD, IT IS
DESCENDED FROM THE LITTER WHICH WAS BORN AT THE NATIVITY
OF CHRIST.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MCKENZIE

Keyword(s): Born ; CAT ; Cross ; Descendant ; Fur ; Litter ; Mark ; Nativity ; SIGN ; Tale

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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A MOLE ON THE SIDE OF THE NOSE OF A WOMAN INDICATES A
HARD OR DIFFICULT LIFE.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Birthmark ; LIFE ; Mole ; NOSE ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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CHRISTMAS DINNER

CHRISTMAS DINNER IN DENMARK. THE MAIN DISH IS DUCK, USUALLY
WITH A SWEET, RICH SAUCE. BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE IS EATEN A
DISH CALLED RISENGROD, A RICE PUDDING, IS SERVED. IN THE PUDDING
IS ONE ALMOND. THE PERSON WHO GETS THE ALMOND GETS A SPECIAL
GIFT MADE FROM MARZIPAN.

Submitter comment:

(THE INFORMANT IS) DANISH.

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Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; Danish ; Denmark ; DUCK ; FOOD CUSTOM ; GIFTS ; holiday ; Marzipan ; tradition

Subject headings: 122 Christmas

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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PROVERB

LOVE CAN'T BE BOUGHT AT THE MARKET.

Submitter comment:

THIS MEANS THAT YOU CAN'T BUY LOVE. IT MUST BE EARNED.

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Where learned: NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Bought ; LOVE ; Market ; METAPHOR ; PROVERB ; Purchase

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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