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The Frank C. Brown Collection of North Carolina Folklore-- Popular Beliefs and Superstitions from North Carolina. Duke University Press, 1964.
Read and heed these important rules relating to home doorways. There is a surprising number of rules involving witches. Apparently North Carolina witches are a particularly wicked group. Not one word about witches bringing good luck or granting wishes.
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Hang onto your hats. Here we go!
--"If you want to keep witches away, lay a straw broom in the doorway."
-Don't leave a broom propped up beside the door because a witch might take it to ride on.
-If you have a witch in your house, lay a broom in the doorway and she can't budge.
-Apparently, witches can enter your house by stepping over the broom so if you visit a neighbor and see a broom in the doorway, don't step over it or you might be accused of witchcraft. (Yes, it seems to negate the whole witch-barring-doorway-broom thing to me too.)
-Along those contradictory lines: if you are bewitched, lay a broomstick in the doorway and the first person to pick it up and enter is your witch.
--"If anybody comes to your house and acts crazy, go out to your front door and scatter salt, for he's a witch and it will keep the charm away."
-If you sprinkle salt in front of your door, a witch cannot enter.
--"By hanging a sieve on the door of your home you could be assured a witch could not enter while you were asleep, because she had to go through every hole in the sieve."
- If you fill the sieve with dirt, it makes it even harder for the witch!
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Clem Rutter via Wikimedia Commons
--"If you find a horseshoe in the road, cover it with tin foil and hang it over your door. This will ward off witches."
--"If a door opens of itself, a ghost is the operator."
--"If a rooster comes up to the front door and crows five times, it is a sign of death in the family."
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--"If you make a window out of a door, one of your family will die." (Doesn't appear to be a time limit for this one so it's probably true. Might just take a while...)
--"If someone dies in the family, it is bad luck for everyone to go off and close the front door." (There are many rules about leaving doors and windows open following a death at home so the deceased person's spirit is free to leave the house.)
I know there are many more superstitions and "rules" regarding doors but I think this is enough to keep me and my new door busy. (Now...if you hear me complaining because I can't find the sieve to strain the tea, just remind me to check the front door.)
Have a good couple weeks, dear Reader. Thanks for stopping by...y'all come back now!