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TO FIND OUT THE INITIAL OF THE PERSON YOU WILL MARRY
PEEL AN APPLE CONTINUOUSLY AND COMPLETELY AND
THROW THE PEEL OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER , MAKING A
WISH. THE PEELING WILL FALL IN THE SHAPE OF THE INITIAL
OF THE PERSON YOU WILL MARRY.

Submitter comment: FR. MALONY LEARNED THIS FROM HIS MOTHER AT HOME, WHO
IS OF IRISH DESCENT.

Where learned: DETROIT ; RECTORY ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; HOLY NAME

Subject headings: 862 Use of object for determining future spouse

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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IF YOU FIND A HAIRPIN PUT IT IN YOUR SHOE AND YOU
WILL MARRY THE NEXT PERSON THAT YOU MEET.

Submitter comment: MRS. MALONY LEARNED THIS WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD. SHE
WAS BORN AND RAISED IN IRELAND.

Where learned: DETROIT ; RECTORY ; IRELAND ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; HOLY NAME

Subject headings: 862 Use of object for determining future spouse

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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IF A WINDSTORM IS APPROACHING, BURN A BLESSED PALM
ON THE WINDOW SILL; THE SMOKE WILL RISE CARRYING
THE WIND OVER THE TOP OF THE HOUSE.

Submitter comment: FATHER MALONY LEARNED THIS FROM HIS MOTHER, WHO IS
OF IRISH DESCENT AND WAS RAISED IN A RURAL
COMMUNITY NEAR KINNECOTT, ONTARIO (CANADA).

Where learned: DETROIT ; RECTORY ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; HOLY NAME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Control Prevention Provocation Protection P892.1
BELIEF -- Control Prevention Provocation Protection P892.25

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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BURN A BLESSED CANDLE IN A WINDOW TO PROTECT THE
HOUSE FROM STORM DAMAGE.

Submitter comment: FATHER MALONY LEARNED THIS FROM HIS MOTHER, WHO IS
OF IRISH DESCENT AND WAS RAISED IN A RURAL
COMMUNITY NEAR KINNECOTT, ONTARIO (CANADA).

Where learned: DETROIT ; RECTORY ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; HOLY NAME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Control Prevention Provocation Protection P892.1
BELIEF -- Control Prevention Provocation Protection P892.25

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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IF YOU ARE GOING SOMEWHERE AND HAVE FORGOTTEN
SOMETHING, DO NOT GO BACK TO GET IT. LEAVE IT
BEHIND, FOR IF YOU DO GO BACK TO GET IT, IT WILL
BRING BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD.
SHE WAS BORN AND RAISED IN IRELAND.

Where learned: DETROIT ; RECTORY ; IRELAND ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; HOLY NAME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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IT IS UNLUCKY TO DROP SOMETHING ON YOUR WEDDING DAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD. SHE
WAS BORN AND RAISED IN IRELAND.

Where learned: DETROIT ; RECTORY ; IRELAND ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; HOLY NAME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Bad luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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IF THERE ARE FOUR PEOPLE GREETING ONE ANOTHER AND TWO
OF THEM SHAKE HANDS ACROSS THE HAND SHAKE OF THE OTHER
TWO, THERE WILL BE A WEDDING.

Submitter comment: MRS.. MALONY LEARNED THIS WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD. SHE WAS
BORN AND RAISED IN IRELAND.

Where learned: DETROIT ; RECTORY ; IRELAND ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; HOLY NAME

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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