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BROKEN BREAD

ON NEW YEAR'S EVE IN RURAL BULGARIA, THE OLDEST PERSON
IN THE HOUSEHOLD BREAKS A FRESH LOAF OF BREAD OVER
HIS HEAD. IF WHEN THE LOAF BREAKS, THE LARGEST
CHUNK REMAINS IN THE RIGHT HAND, THERE WILL BE GOOD
HARVEST FORTHCOMING. THERE WILL NOT BE A GOOD HARVEST
IF THE LARGEST PIECE OF BREAD BREAKS INTO HIS LEFT
HAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BULGARIA

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving
Food Drink -- Plant food
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Use of Object Food

Date learned: 03-21-1970

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