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THERE IS A GESTURE IN FRANCE WHICH WHEN PERFORMED WARDS
OFF BAD LUCK OR VOIDS A BAD-EYE LOOK GIVEN TO YOU BY
SOMEONE ELSE. THE GESTURE IS TO MAKE A FIST PUTTING
YOUR THUMB IN BETWEEN YOUR MIDDLE AND THE FINGER NEXT
TO YOUR LITTLE FINGER.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID SOME OF HER RELATIVES IN FRANCE ACTIVELY
USED TO PRACTICE THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; KALAMAZOO ; FRANCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.22
SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.12
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Date learned: 02-18-1971

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