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I HAD A FRIEND THAT WAS THE PRESIDENT OF TINKIEN
BALLBEARING IN SAO PAULO. ONE DAY WHEN HE LEFT
HIS HOUSE HE FOUND A DEAD CHICKEN WITH BLACK CANDLES
AROUND IT IN A CIRCLE ON HIS PORCH. THIS IS CALLED
A MACUBA AND IT HAS TO BE PUT THERE BY A WITCH.
SOMEONE HAD PUT A CURSE ON HIM. JOHN JUST DISMISSED
IT AS NONSENSE. SHORTLY AFTER THAT HIS LIFE STARTED
GOING DOWNHILL. HE EXPERIENCED PROBLEMS WITH LABOR
RELATIONS. ALL OF HIS EMPLOYEES WENT ON STRIKE. HE WAS
HAVING PROBLEMS AND UNEXPLAINED ILLNESSES. ONE DAY
HE HAD HIRED TWENTY TELIVISIONS FOR THE PLANT SO
HIS EMPLOYEES COULD WATCH THE NATIONAL SOCCER MATCH.
NOT ONE OF THE TELEVISIONS WORKED ON THE DAY OF THE
MATCH. SHORTLY AFTER THAT HE WAS FIRED AND SENT BACK
TO THE UNITED STATES. HE BELIEVES THAT ONE OF HIS
WORKERS PUT A CURSE ON HIM AND CAUSED ALL OF THE
PROBLEMS.

Where learned: BRAZIL ; SAO PAULO

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 00-00-1973

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