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SUPERSTITION--CALLING ON SPIRITS

IT IS SAID THAT SOME PEOPLE CALL THEIR LOVED ONES FROM THE DEAD
AND ASK THEM FOR FAVOURS. FOR EXAMPLE, MY GRANDMOTHER WILL CALL
MY GRANDFATHER OR WRITE HIM A LETTER AND ASK HIM TO BRING HER A
NUMBER TO PLAY AT THE RACES. YOU CAN ALSO ASK THEM TO DO BAD
THINGS LIKE VISIT SOMEONE AND FRIGHTEN THEM.

Where learned: BAHAMAS ; NASSAU

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 00001920S

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SUPERSTITION

IN READING THE PALMS IT IS BELIEVED THAT A LONG LINE IN THE PALM
OF YOUR HAND MEANS LONG LIFE, AND A SHORT LINE MEANS YOU WILL DIE
AT A YOUNG AGE.

Where learned: BAHAMAS ; NASSAU

Keyword(s): LONGEVITY

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00001970S

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SUPERSTITIONS

WHEN YOU HAVE A DECK OF PLAYING CARDS AND YOU DEAL IT AND HAVE
SOMEONE CUT THE CARD, ACCORDING TO WHAT CARD THEY TURN OVER
WHETHER FACE OR NOT WOULD DETERMINE WHAT KIND OF LUCK THEY WILL
HAVE. FACE CARDS ARE AN INDICATION OF BAD LUCK.

Where learned: BAHAMAS ; NASSAU

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object

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PROVERB

IF YOU PLAY WITH DOGS YOU WILL CATCH FLEAS.
THE PROVERB IMPLIES THAT IF YOU ASSOCIATE WITH BAD COMPANY,
YOU WILL ADOPT THEIR WAYS.

Where learned: BAHAMAS ; NASSAU

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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PROVERB

EMPTY BARRELS MAKE THE MOST NOISE.
THIS PROVERB REFERS TO PEOPLE WHO CAN ONLY TALK ABOUT WHAT TO
DO, BUT THEY NEVER MAKE AN ATTEMPT TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT.

Where learned: BAHAMAS ; NASSAU

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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PROVERB

DO NOT PUT ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET.
THIS PROVERB CAN BE INTERPRETED AS MEANING TO AVOID INVESTING
TOO MUCH IN ONE PERSON OR THING BECAUSE YOU STAND A CHANCE
OF LOSING EVERYTHING IF THE SITUATION DOES NOT WORK OUT AS
PLANNED.

Where learned: BAHAMAS ; NASSAU

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00001960S

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PROVERB

TWO ROSES WHICH BLOOM TOO SOON ARE PRIME TARGETS FOR FROST.
THIS PROVERB CAN BE INTERPRETED AS MEANING IF TWO PEOPLE FALL
IN LOVE TOO FAST OR RUSH THEIR RELATIONSHIP, ANY LITTLE
DISPUTE OR OUTSIDE INTERFERENCE CAN CAUSE THE RELATIONSHIP
TO END.

Where learned: BAHAMAS ; NASSAU

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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PROVERB

BEND THE TREE WHILE IT IS YOUNG.
THIS PROVERB IMPLIES THAT A CHILD WHO IS DISCIPLINED AT AN EARLY
AGE CAN BE EASILY DISCIPLINED LATER OR WHENEVER THE NEED ARISES.

Where learned: BAHAMAS ; NASSAU

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00001940S

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PROVERB

IF YOU MAKE YOUR OWN BED YOU MUST LIE IN IT.
THIS CAN BE INTERPRETED AS FOLLOWS: IF YOU ARE INDEPENDENT
ENOUGH TO MAKE YOUR OWN DECISIONS, YOU MUST ALSO BE WILLING TO
ACCEPT THE CONSEQUENCES ON YOUR OWN.

Where learned: BAHAMAS ; NASSAU

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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NASSAU BAHAMA IT IS SAID THAT IN NASSAU A LUCKY COLOR
IS GREEN AND RED. IT MUST BE IN COMBINATIONS OF GREEN AND WHITE
AND RED AND WHITE. IF YOU ARE IN A CASSINO WITH THOSE COLORS ON
YOU ARE CONSIDERED TO BE ABLE TO BRING GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: BAHAMAS ; NASSAU

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 01-15-1984

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