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BELIEF (COURTSHIP)

PULL THE PETALS OF A DAISY TO SEE WHETHER YOUR SWEETHEART LOVES
YOU. "HE/SHE LOVES ME NOT, ETC."

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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BELIEF ABOUT WEATHER

IF THE SUN SETS BEHIND A CLOUD ON SUNDAY IT WILL RAIN BEFORE
WEDNESDAY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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BELIEF

IF THE SUN SHINES WHILE IT'S RAINING, IT WILL RAIN AT THE SAME
TIME THE NEXT DAY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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BELIEF

IF YOU DREAM OF THE DEAD, YOU'LL HEAR SOMETHING GOOD ABOUT THE
LIVING.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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BELIEF

GIVING A KNIFE, PIN, OR OTHER SHARP OBJECT WILL CUT YOUR LOVE IN
TWO.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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BELIEF

IF IT RAINS THE FIRST DAY OF JUNE THERE WILL BE NO GRAPES.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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BELIEF

IF YOU PLANT CORN IN THE DARK OF THE MOON, THE STALKS WON'T BE AS
HIGH. THE EARS WILL BE LOWER ON THE STALK AND YOU WILL HAVE
BETTER EARS OF CORN.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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BELIEF

IF YOU PLANT CORN IN THE LIGHT (WAKING) MOON, THE STALKS WILL BE
TALLER. THE EARS WILL BE HIGHER ON THE STALK, WILL POINT STRAIGHT
UP, AND WILL NOT BE SO GOOD.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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BELIEF

IF YOU PLANT BEANS WHEN THE SIGN IS IN THE ARMS (GEMINI), YOU WILL
HAVE GOOD BEANS. OTHERWISE, YOU WILL HAVE MANY BLOSSOMS BUT NO
BEANS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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BELIEF

IT IS BAD LUCK TO LEAVE A CHRISTMAS TREE UP AFTER NEW YEAR'S DAY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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BELIEF

IF YOU HIT YOUR ELBOW, YOU MUST GET SOMEBODY TO RUB IT TO KEEP
FROM BEING DISAPPOINTED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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BELIEF

IF TWO PEOPLE DRY THEIR HANDS ON THE SAME TOWEL AT THE SAME TIME,
THEY WILL LATER DISAGREE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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BELIEF

WASH TOGETHER, LOVE FOREVER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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BELIEF

DREAMING OF MUDDY WATER IS A BAD OMEN.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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BELIEF

IT IS BAD LUCK TO COUNT THE CARS IN A FUNERAL PROCESSION.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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BELIEF

IT'S BAD LUCK TO WATCH A DEPARTING GUEST OUT OF SIGHT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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BELIEF

TO PUT UP A CALENDAR BEFORE NEW YEAR'S DAY CAUSES A DEATH IN THE
FAMILY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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BELIEF

LEAVING A CHAIR ROCKING CAUSES BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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BELIEF

WALKING WITH ONE SHOE ON AND ONE SHOE OFF WILL CAUSE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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