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IF YOU STAND IN FRONT OF A MIRROR AT 12 O'CLOCK AT NIGHT
WITH IT COMPLETELY DARK AND REPEAT TWELVE TIMES, "I DON'T
BELIEVE IN THE BELL WITCH," SHE WILL SCRATCH YOU ON THE
FACE.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HOPKINSVILLE

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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IF YOU EAT A THIMBLE OF SALT AND WALK BACKWARDS TO THE BED,
WITHOUT SPEAKING TO ANYONE OR DRINKING WATER, YOU WILL DREAM
ABOUT THE ONE YOU'LL MARRY.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HOPKINSVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about weddings, funerals, and other crucial moments of life
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining future spouse

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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IF YOU DREAM A DREAM THREE NIGHTS IN SUCCESSION, IT WILL COME
TRUE.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HOPKINSVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Dreams

Date learned: 04-03-1972

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THE PERSON WHO FINDS A "MOCK" WEDDING RING IN THE BRIDAL CAKE
WILL MARRY WITHIN A YEAR.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HOPKINSVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Wedding cake
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 04-03-1972

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IF SMOKE GOES STRAIGHT UP, IT MEANS GOOD WEATHER.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HOPKINSVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Other matter not of solid form

Date learned: 04-03-1972

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FISH-SCALEY CLOUDS ARE AN INDICATION OF RAIN.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HOPKINSVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 04-12-1972

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IF YOU DREAM OF WATER, IT'S A SIGN OF SICKNESS TO COME.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HOPKINSVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Dreams

Date learned: 03-27-1972

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IF A SICK PERSON ICHES, HE WILL GET BETTER VERY SOON.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HOPKINSVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Medicine
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions

Date learned: 04-01-1972

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IF YOU SEE A SNAKE, LOOK FOR THE SECOND ONE, BECAUSE ITS
MATE WILL BE NEARBY.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HOPKINSVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN THE MOON CHANGES, IT IS TIME FOR A BABY TO BE BORN.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HOPKINSVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOUR EAR BURNS, THEN SOMEONE IS TALKING ABOUT YOU.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HOPKINSVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 03-28-1972

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SAY THE LORD'S PRAYER BACKWARDS AND YOU WILL SEE THE DEVIL.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HOPKINSVILLE

Keyword(s): SATAN GOD

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 03-28-1972

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IF THE BACK OF YOUR LEG ITCHES, YOU ARE GOING ON A LONG JOURNEY.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HOPKINSVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet

Date learned: 03-28-1972

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ONE OF MY FRIENDS AT LIPSCOMB (DAVID LIPSCOMB COLLEGE) TOLD ME
THIS STORY. IT WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE HAPPENED IN HER HOME TOWN:
THE BRIDE HAD BEEN MARRIED ONLY A SHORT TIME. SHE AND HER
HUSBAND WERE STILL ON THEIR HONEYMOON. THE BRIDE'S YOUNGER
SISTER AND SOME OF HER FRIENDS WERE TALKING AND PLAYING IN
THE ROOM OF THE YOUNGER GIRL. HER ROOM HAD A COMMON WALL
WITH HER SISTER'S, THE NEW BRIDE'S ROOM.
THE GIRL HEARD A SOUND ON THE WALL, WHICH SOUNDED LIKE A
KNOCKING. SHE WENT INTO THE ADJOINING ROOM, BUT COULD SEE
NOTHING THAT WOULD CAUSE THE NOISE. SHE WENT BACK TO HER
ROOM, BUT AGAIN, SHE HEARD THE KNOCKING. THIS TIME WHEN
SHE OPENED THE DOOR TO THE EMPTY ROOM, A BREEZE OR DRAFT
BLEW THROUGH AND RUFFLED THE SCARF ON THE DRESSER. THE
WINDOW WHICH HAD BEEN CLOSED SINCE HER SISTER LEFT, WAS NOW
OPEN. THERE WAS NO REASONABLE EXPLANATION FOR IT. SHE CALLED
MOTHER AND TOLD HER ABOUT IT. SHE CAME UP AND SAW IT, THEN
SENT THE GIRL BACK TO HER ROOM TO PLAY.
LATER, THE GIRL'S MOTHER CALLED HER DOWNSTAIRS AND SENT HER
TO THE STORE. AS SHE STARTED OUT OF THE HOUSE AND DOWN THE
WALK, SHE HEARD THE PHONE RING. A SECOND LATER HER MOTHER
CALLED TO HER AND AS SHE TURNED AROUND, SHE SAW A BLACK SHADOW
OVER HER SISTER'S WINDOW. THE TELEPHONE CALL HAD BEEN SOMEONE
TELLING THEM THAT THE YOUNG BRIDE AND BRIDEGROOM HAD BEEN
KILLED IN AN AUTOMOBILE WRECK.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HOPKINSVILLE

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- P4290
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 07-27-1968

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IF YOU FALL UPSTAIRS, IT IS A SIGN YOUR CREDIT IS RISING.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HOPKINSVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 04-15-1972

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WHEN YOUR NOSE ITCHES, YOU MAY EXPECT COMPANY TO COME BEFORE
NIGHT.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; HOPKINSVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P4381
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching nose

Date learned: 04-15-1972

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