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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.

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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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Ethnic: Isreali Superstition

The Druse, a tribe in Isreal, protect their babies from the Evil Eye by painting a circle around each eye of the child with a dye called Kehl.

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Keyword(s): BABY ; CHILD ; CURE ; CURSE ; Druse ; Dye ; ETHNIC ; EVIL EYE ; Israel ; Israeli ; Kehl ; Protection ; REMEDY ; SUPERSTITION ; Tribe

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

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SUPERSTITION PERTAINING TO WOMEN AND CHICKEN

A WOMAN MUST NOT EAT CHICKEN LEST HER CHILDREN BECOME
FLIGHTY HEARTED LIKE THE BIRDS. THIS ABSTINENCE IS REQUIRED
THROUGHOUT HER ENTIRE LIFE NOT JUST DURING PREGNANCY.

Submitter comment:

THE SUPERSTITION IS PROPER TO THE BATOORO TRIBE OF ABOUT
100,000 PEOPLE IN UGANDA. THE SUPERSTITION IS DYING OUT
WITH INCREASED EDUCATION.

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Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Batooro Tribe ; BEHAVIOR ; Chicken ; CHILD ; CHILDREN ; Consume ; Eat ; Fetus ; Flighty ; FOOD ; MOTHER ; PREGNANCY ; SUPERSTITION ; Uganda ; Woman

James Callow Keyword(s): AFRICA ; ANIMAL ; HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC ; SEXISM

Subject headings: Daily Life
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
Food Drink -- Meat Bird Poultry

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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