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IF YOU SWEEP DUST FROM YOUR HOUSE OUT OF DOORS, YOUR
NEIGHBORS WILL KNOW YOUR BUSINESS.

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Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MADISON

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

Date learned: 11-01-1197

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IF YOU SEE A RED BIRD, THROW HIM A KISS AND YOU WILL HAVE
COMPANY.

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Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MADISON

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

Date learned: 11-01-1197

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IF THE SUN SHINES WHILE RAIN IS FALLING, IT WILL RAIN THE
NEXT DAY.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MADISON

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

Date learned: 08-20-1973

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ACHING CORNS AND BUNION SIGNAL THE COMING OF RAIN.

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Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MADISON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Pains

Date learned: 11-01-1197

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SUPERSTITION

WHEN A HORSE'S MANE IS ALL TANGLED UP, HE IS SAID TO HAVE BEEN
WITCHED.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; MADISON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman

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EARWAX WILL CURE A FEVER SORE ON YOUR LIP.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; MADISON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 07-09-1973

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SASSAFRAS TEA AND HONEY IS (ARE) NEEDFUL TO THIN YOUR
BLOOD IN THE SPRINGTIME.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; MADISON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Spring
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 07-09-1973

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CURE FOR BOILS:
SMASHED FIGS ARE GOOD TO PLACE ON BOILS...WILL TAKE PAIN
OUT AND CAUSE THEM TO OPEN UP AND DRAIN

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; MADISON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 07-09-1973

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WHEN YOU VISIT YOU LEAVE BY THE SAME DOOR OR BAD LUCK
WILL COME ABOUT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; MADISON

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 06-21-1973

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A RED DOOR MEANS A GIRL IS AVAILABLE IN THE HOUSE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; MADISON

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window
BELIEF -- Marriage Signs of availability
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 06-21-1973

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DEATH COMES IN THREE'S.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; MADISON

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 06-21-1973

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WHEN THE WIND'S IN THE NORTH, FISHERMEN GO NOT FORTH.
WHEN THE WIND'S IN THE EAST, NOT FIT FOR MAN OR BEAST.
WHEN THE WIND'S IN THE WEST, FISHING'S AT ITS BEST.
WHEN THE WIND'S IN THE SOUTH, BLOWS BAIT IN FISH'S MOUTH.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; MADISON

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTIONS ; INITIAL ITERATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado
BELIEF -- Measure of quality

Date learned: 07-09-1973

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"THE CROSS"

CROSS MY HEART.
CROSS MY FINGERS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; MADISON

James Callow Keyword(s): ITERATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.640

Date learned: 07-10-1973

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NEVER, NEVER MAKE A BABY'S CAP BEFORE THE BABY ARRIVES
OR YOU'LL HAVE BAD LUCK WITH THE BABY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; MADISON

James Callow Keyword(s): SEWING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 07-10-1973

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NEVER MAKE A GARMENT FOR SOMEONE WHO IS ILL.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; MADISON

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

Date learned: 07-10-1973

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DON'T EVER TURN A SICK PERSON HEAD TO FOOT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; MADISON

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

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

Date learned: 07-10-1973

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DON'T EVER TRANSPLANT A CEDAR TREE FOR AS SOON AS THE
TREE GETS BIG ENOUGH TO SHADOW A GRAVE, YOU'LL DIE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; MADISON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 07-10-1973

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IF AN ANGLE WORM LOOKS YOU IN THE EYE AND YOU DON'T MAKE
A FACE AT HIM, THERE WILL BE A DEATH IN THE FAMILY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; MADISON

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

Date learned: 07-10-1973

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IF ANY CHILD IN THE FAMILY DEVELOPED A KERNEL ON THE
NECK, UNDERARM, ETC. OUR GRANDMOTHER WOULD SCRAPE SOOT
FROM THE UNDERSIDE OF A STOVE LID, MIX IT WITH COBWEBS,
AND MAKE A CROSS OVER THE KERNEL. IT (KERNAL) ALWAYS
DISAPPEARED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; MADISON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 07-09-1973

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WHEN GOING FISHING WATCH SOME CATTLE. IF THEY ARE LYING
DOWN, THE FISH WON'T BITE. IF THEY ARE STANDING UP, THE
FISH WILL BITE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; MADISON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Fish

Date learned: 07-10-1973

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