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ITALIAN SUPERTITION

NEVER PLACE THE FOOT OF YOUR BED FACING THE FRONT DOOR
OF YOUR HOUSE, OR YOU MAY WAKE UP DEAD. (WHEN FUNERALS
USED TO BE HELD IN THE HOME, THE COFFIN WAS ALWAYS
PLACED THAT WAY.)

Submitter comment: LEARNED WHILE TRAVELLING IN ITALY, 1960.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 12-24-1963 ; 00-00-1960

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JAMAICAN SUPERSTITIONS

IF YOU SEE A CHICKEN FLY UP SUDDENLY AND THEN DROP
DOWN DEAD IMMEDIATELY, IT MEANS SOMEONE HAS JUST DIED.
(OR WOULD HAVE DIED).
WHEN A DOG HOWLS AT NIGHT, IT MEANS A DEATH OF SOMEONE.
IF A PERSON DIES, REMOVE ALL HIS CLOTHES FROM THE ROOM
THAT HE DIED IN OR ELSE HE WILL RETURN EVERY NIGHT
TO TRY THEM ON.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM A LADY FRIEND FROM JAMAICA.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 01-01-1964

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JAMAICAN SUPERSTITION

WHEN A WOMAN'S HUSBAND DIES, SHE MUST IMMEDIATELY PUT
ON BLACK PANTIES. TO CARRY THEM ON HER ALWAYS
IS A GOOD IDEA.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM A JAMAICAN LADY-FRIEND.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 01-01-1964

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CURE--JAMAICAN

IF A BABY HAS HICCUPS, TO CURE HIM YOU MUST PLACE A WET
CLOTH ON HIS FOREHEAD.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM A LADY-FRIEND FROM JAMAICA.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 01-01-1964

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IF YOU'RE GOING SOMEPLACE AND YOU SUDDENLY REALIZE
THAT YOU'VE FORGOTTEN SOMETHING, BEFORE RETURNING
HOME, COUNT TO TEN OR BAD LUCK FOLLOWS.

Submitter comment: SOURCE NOT REMEMBERED.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

Subject headings: 686 First / Once / One / Newness
BELIEF -- Conversions Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 01-01-1964

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IF YOU SPILL SALT, THROW SOME OVER YOUR LEFT
SHOULDER AND SOME INTO THE FIRE, OR BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: SOURCE NOT REMEMBERED

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

James Callow Keyword(s): ACCIDENT ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Favorites
Favorites
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Conversions Activities

Date learned: 01-01-1964

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JAMAICAN

IF A WOMAN PUTS A DRESS ON BACKWARDS, SHE MUST NEVER
CHANGE IT UNTIL 12 MIDNIGHT, OR IT IS BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM A LADY FRIEND FROM JAMAICA.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Conversions Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 01-01-1964

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FOR GOOD LUCK, (IN THE THEATER) KICK SOMEONE ON
EITHER SIDE OF HIS REAR-END BEFORE A PERFORMANCE.

Submitter comment: LEARNED WHILE DANCING PROFESSIONALLY IN NEW YORK
CITY.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

Subject headings: DRAMA -- Secular
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 12-24-1963

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IF A WOMAN OPENS AN UMBRELLA IN THE HOUSE, SHE WILL
NEVER MARRY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 01-01-1964

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NECK

IF YOU HAVE A STIFF NECK, HAVE A LEFT-HANDED PERSON CRACK IT FOR YOU.

Submitter comment: SOURCE NOT REMEMBERED

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

Keyword(s): LEFT HANDEDNESS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 01-01-1964

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JAMAICAN SUPERSTITION

IT'S BAD LUCK TO SWEEP THE HOUSE AFTER 6 O'CLOCK AT NIGHT.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM A LADY-FRIEND FROM JAMAICA.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 01-01-1964

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ITALIAN AND FRENCH SUPERSTITION

NEVER CROSS YOUR FORK AND KNIFE AFTER A MEAL OR TERRIBLE
FORTUNE WILL COME YOUR WAY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED WHILE TRAVELLING IN EUROPE 1959-1961.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 12-24-1963

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SUPERSTITION

IF A GIRL PUTS A SLIP ON INSIDE-OUT AND DOESN'T REALIZE IT UNTIL
THE DAY IS THROUGH, SHE MAY MAKE A WISH AND IT WILL COME TRUE.

Submitter comment: SOURCE NOT REMEMBERED.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 12-24-1963

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JAMAICAN SUPERSTITION

IF A WOMAN IS PREGNANT AND EXPECTING WITHIN A NUMBER OF DAYS OR
WEEKS, A FULL MOON WILL CAUSE THE CHILD TO COME QUICKER.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM A LADY-FRIEND FROM JAMAICA.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 01-01-1964

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JAMAICAN SUPERSTITION

FOR A NEW-BORN CHILD: NEVER LET A STRANGER INTO THE SAME ROOM
WITH THE CHILD FOR 9 DAYS. IF SOMEHOW THIS CANNOT BE AVOIDED,
IMMEDIATELY OPEN A BIBLE OVER THE CHILD'S HEAD TO DRIVE AWAY
EVIL SPIRITS.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM A LADY-FRIEND FROM JAMAICA.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

Subject headings: 686 Ninths / Nine
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Magic Book

Date learned: 01-01-1964

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SUPERSTITION

IF A PREGNANT WOMAN IS HIT ON HER LEFT ARM, HER CHILD WILL HAVE
A SCAR THERE.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 12-24-1963

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JAMAICAN SUPERSTITION

IF A PREGNANT WOMAN FEELS HER CHILD COMING ON AND THERE IS NO
DOCTOR OR HOSPITAL AVAILABLE TO HER, A HEAVY WEIGHT MUST BE
PLACED ON HER HEAD. THE BABY WON'T COME UNTIL THE WEIGHT IS
REMOVED.

Submitter comment: LEARNED THIS FROM A LADY-FRIEND FROM JAMAICA.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 01-01-1964

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JAMAICAN SUPERSTITION

IF YOU HAVE COMPANY AND YOU WISH THAT SOMEONE WOULD LEAVE, STAND
IN BACK OF THAT PERSON WITH A BROOM. HOLD IT UPSIDE-DOWN AND
SPRINKLE SALT AND PEPPER INTO IT. THE PERSON WILL LEAVE ALMOST
IMMEDIATELY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM A LADY FRIEND FROM JAMAICA.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Flavoring Spice
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 01-01-1964

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ITALIAN AND FRENCH SUPERSTITION: BREAD AND LUCK

ALWAYS HAVE THE CRUST OF THE BREAD FACING UP ON THE TABLE OR YOU
WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: LEARNED WHILE TRAVELLING THROUGHOUT EUROPE 1959-1961.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 12-24-1963

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JAMAICAN SUPERSTITION: MENSTRUATION

A WOMAN SHOULD NEVER BAKE A CAKE WHEN SHE IS MENSTRUATING OR IT
WILL NOT RISE.

Submitter comment: LEARNED THIS FROM A LADY-FRIEND FROM JAMAICA.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Process
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 01-01-1964

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