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WHEN WALKING DOWN A CONCRETE SIDEWALK, CHILDREN AVOID
STEPPING ON CRACKS AND CHANT:
STEP ON A CRACK, YOU'LL BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S BACK

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

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IF YOU HAVE TWO THINGS TO DO, ONE ON YOUR LEFT SIDE AND
ONE ON YOUR RIGHT, IT'S BAD LUCK TO DO THE THING ON
YOUR LEFT IF YOU'RE RIGHT HANDED. I'S BAD LUCK IF YOU
DON'T.(?)

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Routine activity

Date learned: 03-03-1969

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FIRST THING YOU BRING INTO A NEW HOUSE IS SUGAR, SALT AND
BREAD FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; PEABODY CAFE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 05-13-1969

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IF YOU PUT UP A FENCE RAIL IN THE WANE OF THE MOON, IT WILL
SINK INTO THE MUD.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; PEABODY CAFE

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Architecture
BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 04-19-1969

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IF YOU PLANT CROPS IN THE WANE OF THE MOON, THEY WILL WITHER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; PEABODY CAFE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

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IF YOU DON'T HAVE YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE DOWN BY NEW YEAR'S DAY
BAD LUCK WILL COME.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; PEABODY CAFE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas tree
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 03-02-1969

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IF YOU EAT ANY KIND OF BERRY, YOU WILL GET AN APPENDIX.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; PEABODY CAFE

Keyword(s): APPENDICITIS

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Fruit
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 03-02-1969

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THE BROWN MOUNTAIN LIGHT: A SLAVE OWNER WAS KILLED OR LOST
ON A MOUNTAIN. THE SLAVE WENT LOOKING FOR HIM IN THE NIGHT.
AND TO THIS VERY DAY YOU CAN STILL SEE THE LIGHT ON THE
MOUNTAIN AT NIGHT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CLASS ASSIGNMENT ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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MY FATHER TOLD ME A STORY ABOUT HIS GREAT GRANDMOTHER. SHE WAS
VERY RELIGIOUS BUT NONE OF HER SONS WOULD JOIN THE CHURCH. ONE
NIGHT AFTER SHE DIED, HER SONS HEARD A SCREAM. THEY RAN OUT
TO THE FIELDS AND FOUND HER PRAYING AND SCREAMING, ASKING
THE LORD TO MAKE HER SONS GO TO CHURCH. THEY HEARD THUNDER
AND SHE DISAPPEARED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CLASS ASSIGNMENT ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 03-07-1969

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SAYING: ENVY

WHEN SOMEONE SEES SOMETHING THAT SOMEONE ELSE HAS AND HE WISHES
HE HAD IT--HE IS SUPPOSE TO SAY, "I WISH I HAD THAT AND HE HAD
A KNOT ON HIS ASS."

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 05-04-1969

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IF THERE IS A RING AROUND THE MOON, IT MEANS THAT THE NEXT DAY
WILL BE SUNNY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Baptism Naming rite
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BEGIN THINGS ON RIGHT DAYS

YOU CAN'T BEGIN ANYTHING IMPORTANT ON MONDAY. FRIDAY
IS THE BEST DAY; TUESDAY THE SECOND BEST.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 04-29-1969

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DORMITORY HOURS

BECAUSE VANDERBILT GIRLS' HOURS CHANGE, GETTING LATER,
PEABODY'S HOURS IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW IN THE SAME MANNER
(THAT IS THE ONLY WAY THE(Y) EVER CHANGE!)

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

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WHEN YOU SEE THE FIRST ROBINS OF SPRING, LICK YOUR THUMB
PUT IT PERPENDICULAR ON THE PALM OF OPPOSITE HAND, THEN
STAMPTHE SAME PALM WITH YOUR FIST FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Spring

Date learned: 04-14-1969

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MISS PRITCHETT (STUDENT FINANCIAL AID OFFICE) GROWLS
AT EVERYONE. ESPECIALLY GIRLS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Human Being
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed

Date learned: 02-12-1969

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WEDDING GIFTS

PRIMITIVES GIVE WEDDING GIFTS TO HELP THE MARRIAGE GET OFF TO
A HAPPY START--AND IF IT STARTS OFF HAPPILY, IT WILL CONTINUE
THAT WAY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage

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BLESSED IS THE CORPSE THE RAIN FALLS ON.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; DORM ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 05-07-1969

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IF A BIRD ENTERS A HOUSE, SOMEONE IN THAT HOUSE WILL DIE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; DORM ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 05-07-1969

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IF AN EXPECTANT MOTHER LOOKS UPON A CORPSE, HER BABY
WILL BEAR A BIRTHMARK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; DORM ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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IF A BLACK CAT CROSSES YOUR PATH, TURN AROUND THREE TIMES AND
TURN YOUR HAT FROM THE FRONT TO THE BACK, TO WARD OFF BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 07-24-1968

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