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AFTER YOU'VE LOCKED THE DOOR TO LEAVE THE HOUSE, DON'T GO
BACK IN THE HOUSE IF YOU'VE FORGOTTEN ANYTHING UNLESS YOU
MAKE A CROSS AND SPIT IN IT.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
SPEECH -- Gesture

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PUTTING A KNIFE UNDER THE BED DURING CHILDBIRTH WILL CUT
THE PAIN.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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WHATEVER DAY YOU ARE BORN ON, YOUR FIRST CHILD WILL BE BORN
ON. (THIS PERTAINS TO DAYS OF THE WEEK.)

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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PUT HEMP ROPE AROUND ANYTHING TO KEEP A SNAKE FROM IT.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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IF YOU TALK WHILE FISHING, YOU'LL SCARE THE FISH AWAY.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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EVIL EYE SYNDROME

IN GREECE, TO WARD OFF THE EFFECTS OF THE EVIL EYE, SMALL BLUE
PLASTIC EYEBALLS ARE SOLD EVERYWHERE.

Where learned: GREECE ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Curse
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 12-00-1979

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NEW YEAR'S EVE CUSTOMS

IN GREECE, IT IS CUSTOMARY FOR PEOPLE TO VISIT EACH OTHER'S HOUSES
ON NEW YEAR'S EVE TO EXCHANGE GIFTS. THE CELEBRATION CONSISTS OF A
BIG MEAL. AFTER THE MEAL EVERYONE STAYS UP UNTIL MORNING TALKING,
SINGING AND DRINKING.

Where learned: GREECE ; ATHENS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 12-31-1979

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NEW YEAR'S EVE CUSTOMS

IN GREECE, FOR NEW YEAR'S EVE, THEY BAKE A SPONGE CAKE AND PUT
A DRACHMA INSIDE. THE PERSON WHOSE PIECE OF CAKE HAS THE DRACHMA IN
IT WINS A PRIZE AND WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR.

Where learned: GREECE ; ATHENS

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck

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BURPING

IN INDIA THE PLEASING MANNER OF EXPRESSING A GOOD MEAL IS TO BURP
IN YOUR HOSTESS'S PRESENCE.
THIS IS REMEMBERED AS A COMMENT AFTER A VERY GOOD MEAL AT A FINE
RESTAURANT IN ATHENS, GREECE.

Where learned: GREECE ; ATHENS

Keyword(s): POLITENESS BURPING

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 08-00-1969

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SNAKES

IF A SNAKE TURNS HIS STOMACH UP TO THE SKY, THAT MEANS IT WILL
RAIN.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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Putting your hat on the bed meant you would bring yourself
bad luck.

James Callow comment: See Puckett, Ohio, nos. 3368 ("the boggyman will spank you"),
13928 ("you will be an old maid"), 18283, 18284 ("bad luck to the
owner of the hat"), 18285, 18288 ("new hat"), 18289 ("man's
hat"), 18291 ("bring a house bad luck"), 18292 ("on a friend's
bed"), 18295 ("and the police will be involved"), 18296 ("spit in
it three times before setting it down"), 18297 ("Never put your
hat on the bed upside down"), 18298 (the hat "should always be
placed upside down"), 27634 ("after a funeral"). Puckett has
many more items on this topic; I have selected only those items
which come from Africa

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 01001960 CA

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Dogs howling at night (or singing as elders would say) was a
sign of death, meaning that someone was dead or someone was going
to die.

James Callow comment: See Hand, North Carolina, nos. 5208-5214.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 01001950 CA

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Education (11th grade)

High school was and still is a four-year program. Where I
grew up the high schools graduated students after the 11th grade,
the reason is that high schools started with the 7th grade.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

Date learned: 01001954 CA

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Yard brooms

People would gather branches, tree limbs and straw, tie them
together to make a yard broom.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Raw Material
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Household furniture and utensil

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Lightning Bugs (night light)

As a child, we would catch these bugs and put them in a jar.
Whoever caught the most bugs had the brightest light. We had no
street light and the only light we had was from the moon.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 01001952 CA

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June Bugs

As a child, we played a game of catching bugs and tieing a
string to their leg and letting them fly in a circle around us.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 01001952 CA

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PLANT WATERMELONS BEFORE THE SUN COMES UP ON THE FIRST DAY
OF MAY.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 06-16-1973

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ALWAYS PLANT YOUR GARDEN ON GOOD FRIDAY.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 06-16-1973

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IF YOU HAVE A DUCK, HEN, OR TURKEY SETTING, PUT ROCKS AROUND
ITS NEST TO KEEP THUNDER FROM JARRING THE EGGS, BECAUSE
THUNDER WILL KEEP THE EGGS FROM HATCHING.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Control Prevention Provocation Protection P892.25

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WHEN WILLOW FLIES ARE SWARMING, THE FISH ARE BITING.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Fish

Date learned: 06-20-1973

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