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THEY SAY IT'S BAD LUCK TO SWEEP OUTSIDE AFTER DARK (MY GRAND-
MOHER SAID), "BUT THAT'S JUST A SUPERSTITION 'CAUSE I'VE
SWEPT AT NIGHT MANY A TIME AND NOTHING BAD EVER HAPPENED
TO ME 'CEPT A SNAKE GOT IN THE HOUSE."
(MAMA) "YOU KNOW, DADDY SAYS THERE'S A MAN ON THE TRAIN
THAT GETS REAL UPSET IF THEY SWEEP OUT THE TRAIN AFTER
DARK--SAYS IT'LL REALLY BRING BAD LUCK."

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; SHELBYVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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