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SUPERSTITIONS ABOUT ANIMALS

A DOG WILL TURN OUT TO BE A GOOD ONE IF HE IS NAMED AFTER A
BAD PERSON.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; DOUBLE SPRINGS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Animal

Date learned: 04-01-1972

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WEATHER SIGN:

HEAVY RAIN IS COMING IF SHEEP TURN THEIR BACKS TO THE WIND.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; DOUBLE SPRINGS

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

Date learned: 04-01-1972

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SUPERSTITIONS ABOUT FARM ANIMALS

IT'S BAD LUCK TO GIVE A CHICKEN AWAY. SOMETHING HAS TO BE GIVEN
OR PAID FOR IT.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; DOUBLE SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 04-08-1972

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PLANTING DATES FOR CROPS

POTATOES --- MARCH 17TH TO MARCH 30TH
BEANS --- GOOD FRIDAY
CUCUMBERS --- GOOD FRIDAY AND MAY 1ST
WATERMELONS --- MAY 1ST AND MAY 10TH
LETTUCE AND PEAS --- VALENTINE'S DAY
TURNIPS --- JULY 25TH
FLAX --- GOOD FRIDAY
BY PLANTING THESE CROPS ON THESE DAYS, THE HARVEST IS SUPPOSED
TO BE GOOD.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; DOUBLE SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 04-08-1972

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PLANTING GUIDES

IT IS CONSIDERED UNLUCK IF A FARMER LAUGHS LOUDLY WHILE PLANTING
CORN.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; DOUBLE SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 04-08-1972

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SIGNS OF GOOD LUCK

WHEN BUILDING A NEW HOUSE, IT'S GOOD LUCK TO USE A FEE OLD
PIECES OF WOOD IN A NEW BUILDING.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; DOUBLE SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 04-08-1972

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SUPERSTITIONS ABOUT ANIMALS

IF YOU WANT TO KEEP YOUR DOG AT HOME FOR A WATCHDOG, BURY SOME
OF HIS HAIR NEAR THE DOORSTEP.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; DOUBLE SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 04-08-1972

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SUPERSTITIONS ABOUT ANIMALS

IT IS UNLUCKY TO CHANGE A HORSE'S NAME.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; DOUBLE SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 04-08-1972

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SUPERSTITIONS ABOUT FARM ANIMALS

IT'S BAD LUCK TO PULL A PIG'S TAIL.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; DOUBLE SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 04-01-1972

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SUPERSTITION ABOUT ANIMALS

IT'S BAD LUCK TO KILL A DEER ON SUNDAY.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; DOUBLE SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 04-01-1972

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WEATHER SIGN

IT'S A SURE SIGN OF NO FROST WHEN WORMS AND GRUBS CAN BE FOUND
IN THE TOP SOIL.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; DOUBLE SPRINGS

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 04-01-1972

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WEATHER SIGN

SOMETIMES SNAKES GET REAL ACTIVE IN DRY WEATHER AND THAT
USUALLY MEANS RAIN IN A COUPLE OF DAYS.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; DOUBLE SPRINGS

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 04-01-1972

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WEATHER SIGN

A WIND STORM MAY BE IN THE MAKING IF CROWS FLY HIGHER THAN NORMAL.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; DOUBLE SPRINGS

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 04-01-1972

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SUPERSTITION ABOUT FARM ANIMALS

IN ORDER TO PROTECT CHICKENS FROM HAWKS, A HORSESHOE HAS TO BE
HUNG IN THE CHIMNEY.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; DOUBLE SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 04-01-1972

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PLANTING GUIDES

SEEDS SOAKED IN MILK OVERNIGHT MAKE SWEETER MELONS.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; DOUBLE SPRINGS

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration

Date learned: 04-08-1972

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TO KEEP WITCHES AND SPELLS OUT OF A HOUSE

TO KEEP EVIL SPIRITS AWAY FROM A HOME, THREE NAILS ARE DRIVEN
INTO THE OUTSIDE OF THE DOOR IN THE SHAPE OF A TRIANGLE.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; DOUBLE SPRINGS

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration

Date learned: 04-08-1972

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SUPERSTITIONS ABOUT FISHING

IF YOU PASS A BARE-FOOTED WOMAN ON YOUR WAY TO GO FISHING, YOU
WON'T CATCH ANY THAT DAY.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; DOUBLE SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 04-08-1972

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SUPERSTITION ABOUT ANIMALS

HORSES HAVING A LOT OF WHITE MARKING ON THE FEET AND NOSE ARE
NOT GOOD HORSES.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; DOUBLE SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 04-08-1972

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SUPERSTITION ABOUT FISHING

IF A MAN STEPS OVER A FISHING POLE OR A LINE, HE WON'T CATCH
ANY MORE FISH THAT DAY.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; DOUBLE SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 04-08-1972

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FARMING SUPERSTITION

IF IT RAINS ON JUNE TWENTIETH, GRAPES WILL FALL FROM THE VINES.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; DOUBLE SPRINGS

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

Date learned: 04-08-1972

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