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BELIEF

MANY SPANISH PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT AFTER SEEING A PRIEST CLOTHED IN
BLACK, THEY SHOULD TOUCH SOMETHING MADE OF WOOD TO AVOID BAD LUCK.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONVERSION ; SPANISH BELIEF ; SUPERNATURAL: TOUCHING WOOD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22
SPEECH -- Gesture
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 02-17-1970

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Custom: Holiday

IN THE CENTER OF THE TOWN, THE UNATTACHED MEN WALKED
AROUND THE PLAZA COUNTER-CLOCKWISE, WHILE THE UNMARRIED
GIRLS WALKED IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION. OCCASIONALLY,
THE GIRLS WILL REST ON OVERLOOKING BALCONIES, FROM
WHICH THEY WILL THROW SMALL DARTS TRAILING COLORED
STREAMERS. AFTER THE PARADE, THE MAN IS ENTITLED
TO VISIT ONLY BALCONIES DECORATED IN THE COLORS MATCHING
THE STREAMERS HE HOLDS.

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Where learned: Magazine

Keyword(s): Balcony ; COURTSHIP ; Dart ; ETHNIC ; Female ; Flirtation ; Male ; Parade ; Ribbon ; Spain ; Spanish ; Streamer ; Streamers

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern

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SPANISH BELIEF ABOUT DECEASED

WHEN A PERSON DIES HIS SPIRIT WALKS THE EARTH FOR NINE DAYS AND
STAYS WITH HIS LOVED ONES.

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Keyword(s): BELIEF ; DEATH ; Haunt ; Spanish ; SPIRIT

Subject headings: 686 Ninths / Nine
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 02-22-1972

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PUERTO RICAN MEN (PUERTORICANOS), ARE ALWAYS CONCERNED
ABOUT BEING "MUY MACHO" (VERY MASCULINE). THEY MUST
NEVER SHOW WEAKNESS OF ANY KIND. FOR THIS REASON,
YOU NEVER CAN BELIEVE ONE WHEN HE GIVES YOU DIRECTIONS,
BECAUSE HE MUST NEVER LET ON IF HE DOESN'T KNOW THE
ANSWER. HE WILL GIVE YOU DIRECTIONS--INVARIABLY--
WHETHER THEY ARE CORRECT OR NOT.

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Where learned: PUERTO RICO ; SAN JUAN

Keyword(s): DIRECTIONS ; Machismo ; MASCULINITY ; Puerto Rico ; RACISM ; SEXISM ; SEXIST ; Spanish ; Stereotyping

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

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

Date learned: 00-00-1962

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