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WATER A DECAYING ROSEBUSH WITH SOOT TEA. POUR BOILING WATER
OVER SOOT TAKEN FROM STOVE WHERE WOOD HAS BEEN BURNED AND
WHEN COLD, POUR OVER BUSH.

Where learned: WILSON COOKBOOK ; BY TELEPHONE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 08-12-1968

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PUTTING A HORSESHOE ABOVE A DOOR WILL BRING GOOD
LUCK.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WILSON

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window
BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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JUMP-ROPE RIME

SALT, PEPPER, VINEGAR, SPICE.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WILSON

Keyword(s): SPEED-JUMP

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

Date learned: 03-12-1972

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NUMBER BELIEF

NUMBER THIRTEEN IN SOME PLACES IS CONCIDERED BAD LUCK.
THERE WILL BE NO ROOM 13 OR FLOOR 13 OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT.

Submitter comment: THIS SUPERSTITION ABOUT 13 IS VERY PREVALENT IN LATIN AMERICA.

Where learned: WORK ; TOLD AT ; IRA WILSON AND SONS

Subject headings: 686 Specific number by specific number being described

Date learned: 02-28-1970

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NUMBER BELIEF

IN SOME PART OF LATIN AMERICA, NUMBER 13 IS CONSIDERED GOOD LUCK AND
IT IS USED ALL OVER.

Submitter comment: THIS CONTROVERSIAL 13 NUMBER, WHETHER GOOD LUCK OR BAD, IS QUITE
PREVALENT IN LATIN AMERICA.

Where learned: WORK ; TOLD AT ; IRA WILSON AND SONS

Subject headings: 686 Specific number by specific number being described

Date learned: 10-13-1970

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Japanese Snake Medicine

Japanese may eat snakes because of their belief in its medicinal value, especially when charred black.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by T.R. Davidson

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; COOKING ; Culinary ; CURE ; Japanese ; MEDICINE ; Natural Remedy ; PREVENTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

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Belief

When driving past a cemetery place on efinger on the roof of the car and put another finger on your mouth and say "shhhh". This is so you will not wake up the dead.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AUTOMOBILE ; BELIEF ; CEMETERY ; GESTURE ; GRAVEYARD ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Gesture

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GOOD LUCK CHARM

A PIECE OF LION'S HAIR IS GOOD LUCK
AND IT STANDS FOR A BRAVE PERSON. THEREFORE
PEOPLE GET LION'S HAIR AND USE IT FOR GOOD LUCK
AND TO SHOW OTHER PEOPLE THAT THEY ARE BRAVE.

Submitter comment: MR. MARCHETT WAS TOLD THIS WHILE HE LIVED IN LATIN AMERICA.

Where learned: DETROIT ; IRA WILSON AND SONS CREAMERY

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration

Date learned: 02-28-1970

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