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It is said when a dog howls in the middle of the night, was a
sign of death, a day or two later a person in the neighborhood
would die.

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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When a person hears a bell ringing in the ear, particurally a
short quick ring, means a person is going to die. The ringing
noise is called a death bell.

Subject headings: 842 Ringing ears / buzzing / hot, burning
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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When passing a funeral home, you were told not to point at it,
because if you did you would die. You would have to bite your
finger and then put it under your foot to keep death away. It
would reverse the curse of death.

James Callow Keyword(s): CONVERSION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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Pull your ear if you're talking about a dead person so by doing
this it will keep the evil spirit away.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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If a black cat crosses your path, cross your fingers on him
before he gets cross the path, if you don't you'll have bad luck.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Conversions
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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If someone sweeps your feet with a broom you have to spit on

the broom; if not the person's foot that you swept will have bad
luck.

James Callow Keyword(s): CONVERSION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Bad luck
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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It's said that if you sweep your trash off your porch after
dark, a police officer will come to your house and take one of your
family members to jail.

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

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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Ethnic: German

Superstition:

In German villages it is believed that if a boy has a dog and the dog runs away, then the boy must follow the dog in search of his fortune. If the dog returns without his master, then the boy is dead. If the dog does not return, the boy has found his fortune.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P800] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Boy ; DIVINATION ; DOG ; ETHNIC ; FATE ; fortune ; GERMAN ; Ordaining ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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HICCUP CURE

BREATHE IN A BROWN PAPER BAG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROMEO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00001970S

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Belief: Weather

Weather Predicition:

Pale moon doth rain,

Red moon doth blow,

White moon doth neither rain nor snow.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P890] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

KW:WP

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Lunar ; MOON ; PREDICTION ; Rain ; SNOW ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb

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ROMAN OBSERVATION:

THE ROMANS DISLIKE THE ORNATE AND OSTENTATIOUS "ALTAR OF THE
NATION" WHICH CONTAINS A MONUMENT TO VICTOR EMMANUAL II.
THEY SAY: "THE BEST VIEW OF THE CITY IS FROM THE TOP OF THIS
BUILDING, BECAUSE ONLY FROM THE TOP DO YOU NOT HAVE TO LOOK AT
THIS MONSTROSITY."

Where learned: ITALY ; ROME ; IN A LETTER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Secular hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Monument

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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ROMAN OBSERVATION:

THE ROMANS DISLIKE THE ORNATE AND OSTENTATIOUS "ALTAR OF THE
NATION" WHICH CONTAINS A MONUMENT TO VICTOR EMMANUAL II.
THEY SAY: "THE BEST VIEW OF THE CITY IS FROM THE TOP OF THIS
BUILDING, BECAUSE ONLY FROM THE TOP DO YOU NOT HAVE TO LOOK AT
THIS MONSTROSITY."

Where learned: ITALY ; ROME ; IN A LETTER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Secular hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Monument

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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GHOST BELIEF

IN THAILAND EVERYONE IS AFRAID OF GHOSTS, WHEN MY AUNT
WAS THERE SHE HAD A HOUSEKEEPER WHO
WAS VERY AFRAID OF GHOSTS. ONE DAY
SHE CAME HOME AND HER HOUSEKEEPER WASN'T THERE. TWO DAYS LATER SHE
RETURNED. SHE SAID SHE HAD HEARD A GHOST SO SHE LEFT.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT LEARNED ITEM FROM HER AUNT.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GHOSTS ; SUPERSTITION ; THAILAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 10-08-1965

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