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ROCKING AN EMPTY ROCKING CHAIR MEANS A DEATH WILL FOLLOW.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TAUGHT TO HER BY HER MOTHER WHO INSISTED THAT THE PRACTICE
BE REFRAINED FROM.
UNNATURAL

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero

Date learned: 00001930S CA. ; 11-00-1987

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DO NOT SCARE OR STARTLE A PREGNANT WOMAN WITH A SNAKE OR ANYTHING
ELSE OR THE CHILD WILL HAVE A BIRTHMARK RESEMBLING SAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 11-00-1987 ; 00001930S CA.

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A CHILD BORN WITH A VEIL OVER HIS FACE WILL HAVE SPIRITUAL POWERS.

Submitter comment: HER BROTHER WITH A VEIL OVER HIS FACE AND HE IS CONSIDERED TO BE
A VERY SPIRITUAL MAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Curer

Date learned: 00-00-1987 ; 00001930S CA.

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DROPPING A KNIFE MEANS THAT A MAN WILL COME CALLING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 11001987 CA. ; 00001930S CA.

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DROPPING A SPOON MEANS THAT A CHILD WILL COME VISITING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 00001930S CA.

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DROPPING A FORK MEANS THAT A LADY WILL COME VISITING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: Observation

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ENTERING THE FRONT DOOR AND LEAVING BY THE BACK DOOR BRINGS COMPANY.

Submitter comment: COMPENSATION

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 10-00-1987 ; 00001930S CA.

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IF CROPS PRODUCE AN UNUSUALLY HIGH YIELD, THEN IT IS A SIGN OF A
LONG HARD WINTER.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER FATHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter

Date learned: 10-00-1987 ; 00001930S CA.

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IF IT RAINS ON EASTER SUNDAY, IT WILL RAIN THE NEXT SIX SUNDAYS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: 686 Sixths / Six
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 10-00-1987 ; 00001930S CA.

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IF BIRDS STAY OUT IN A RAINSTORM, IT WILL RAIN FOR SOME TIME; BUT IF
THEY GO TO THEIR NESTS, IT IS ONLY A SHOWER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 10-00-1987 ; 00001930S CA.

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IF IT RAINS IN AN OPEN GRAVE, THERE WILL BE ANOTHER DEATH SOON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

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

Date learned: 10-00-1987 ; 00001930S CA.

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IT IS EXACTLY SIX MONTHS FROM THE FIRST THUNDERSTORM TO THE FIRST
FROST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Subject headings: 686 Sixths / Six
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month

Date learned: 00001930S CA

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Belief: Weather

A RED SKY AT NIGHT
IS A SAILOR'S DELIGHT.
A RED SKY IN MORNING
MAKES A SAILOR TAKE WARNING.

Submitter comment:

THIS WAS TAUGHT TO ME BY MY MOTHER. I HAVE FOUND THAT IT IS USUALLY
TRUE.
COLOR

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

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Camp Song,Girl Scouts

"Heigh-Ho"
This song is used as a round.
Around is where two groups sing the
same song, but begin at different intervals.
This song is about the desire to be married.
Heigh Ho nobody home
Meat nor drink nor money have I none.
Still I will be very merry.
Heigh Ho nobody home.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Camp Narrin ; Ortonville

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

Date learned: 06-00-1987

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