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If someone admires your baby and says that
it's beautiful you must spit or the baby will
become sick or get a rash on its face. Her
parents and her husband's parents both truly
believed this. Her husband's parents used to
wipe the baby's face three times with a wash
cloth to prevent a rash if anyone admired the
baby.

Submitter comment: Mrs. Wojtan doesn't believe this herself anymore,
but says many people in Kansas used to when she
was growing up.

Where learned: KANSAS ; Manhattan

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
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BELIEF -- Curse
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00001920S

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