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HAUNTED FOREST

I HAD A DISTANT COUSIN THAT LIVED IN THE OLD COUNTRY,
SICILY. HE WOULD GO UP IN THE FOREST ON THE
MOUNTAIN TO STEEL WOOD FOR HIS HOME. ONE NIGHT
AS HE WAS COMING BACK FROM STEELING WOOD, HE HAD
A MULE PULLING HIS CART FULL OF WOOD, HE SAW TWO
WHITE EYES STARING AT HIM FROM THE TIPS OF THE MULE'S
EARS. HE WAS TOO SCARED TO DO ANYTHING AND AFTER
A WHILE THEY WENT AWAY. HE KEPT GOING AND CAME TO
THIS SMALL BRIDGE. AS HE CAME TO THE BRIDGE, HE SAW
A WOLF SITTING UNDER THE BRIDGE STARING AT HIM WITH
THE SAME WHITE EYES THAT HE SAW ON HIS MULE'S EARS.
FROM THEN ON HE NEVER STOLE ANY MORE WOOD FROM
THAT FOREST.

Data entry tech comment: COLLECTOR'S SPELLING CORRECTED.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN ; SICILY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 11-08-1968

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IF A PERSON LOOKS AT YOU WITH THE EVIL EYE YOU CAN
RETURN IT BY PLACING YOUR INDEX AND BABY FINGERS
APREAD OUT AND POINTED DOWN. THIS WILL MAKE
YOU SAFE FROM IT.

Submitter comment:

THIS IS DONE IN SICILY BY ALL THE PEOPLE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; SICILY

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CUSTOM ; EVIL ; EVIL EYE ; Eye ; Fingers ; GESTURE ; Prevent ; SUPERSTITION ; Ward

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Curse
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22
SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.12

Date learned: 10-06-1970

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COUNTING OUT RHYME

TICK TOCK THE GAME IS LOCKED AND NOBODY ELSE CAN PLAY,
CAUSE IF THEY DO WE,LL TAKE THEIR SHOE AND BEAT THEM ALL DAY.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS SAID AS THE PLAYERS LOCKED ARMS IN A CIRCLE AND ROCKED
BACK AND FORTH.

Where learned: SICILY ; SIGONELLA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse

Date learned: 00001960S

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