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MISCELLANEOUS CUSTOMS

A SEAMAN LEAVING THE FORECASTLE TO GO AFT, EITHER FOR HIS TRICK AT
THE WHEEL OR OTHER WORK, GOES AFT ALONG THE LEESIDE OF THE VESSEL,
UNLESS HIS IMMEDIATE DUTY LIES TO THE WINDWARD.
A SEAMAN SUMMONED TO THE CAPTAIN'S CABIN REMOVED HIS CAP AND
DROPPED IT TO THE DECK JUST OUTSIDE THE DOOR.
A MARINER ENTERING A NEW SHIP, OR EVEN AN OLD SHIP, FOR THE FIRST
TIME MAKES CERTAIN THAT HIS RIGHT FOOT IS THE FIRST TO TOUCH THE
DECK.
IT WAS A BREECH OF ETIQUETTE FOR A SEAMAN TO LOCK HIS SEA CHEST
WHILE ON BOARD HIS SHIP. OFFENDERS OFTEN FOUND, WHEN THEY
RETURNED TO THE FORECASTLE FROM THEIR WATCH ON DECK, THAT THE
COVER HAD BEEN NAILED DOWN.
IN THE BRITISH AND UNITED STATES NAVIES, A SCARF OF BLACK SILK IS
WORN, ORIGINALLY AS A MARK OF WARNING (MOURNING?) FOR THE DEATH
OF LORD NELSON.
IN THE ROYAL NAVY, OFFICERS WHO HAVE BEEN ROUND EITHER THE CAPE
OF GOOD HOPE OR CAPE HORN MAY PUT ONE FOOT ON THE WARDROOM TABLE;
BOTH CAPES CARRY THE RIGHT TO PUT BOTH FEET ON THE TABLE.
BY NAVAL CUSTOM THE SENIOR OFFICER PRESENT IS ALWAYS THE LAST
INTO A BOAT AND THE FIRST OUT OF IT.

Submitter comment:

CAPTAIN LUMAS SAYS THAT HE HAS LEARNED THESE CUSTOMS THROUGH THE
YEARS THAT HE HAS BEEN SAILING, BOTH IN THE U.S. NAVY AND UP AT
MACKINAW ISLAND.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MACKINAW ISLAND

Keyword(s): British ; Captain ; Etiquette ; Language ; Lingo ; Naval ; Navy ; POSITION ; Seaman ; Ship ; Uniform ; United States

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; LEFT ; POSITION ; RIGHT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Overall body coverUpper body and arms
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...
SPEECH -- Gesture

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TRADITION

ONE OF THE BIGGEST TRADITIONS IS WHEN THE SENIORS RECOGNIZE THE
FRESHMEN AT THE END OF THEIR FRESHMEN YEAR. AFTER GOING THROUGH A
YEAR OF HELL WITH THE SENIORS (AND JUNIORS AND SOPHOMORES TOO) THEY
ARE READY TO BE RECOGNIZED. THE CEREMONY INVOLVES GOING TO THE
BEACH, WHERE THE FRESHMEN LINE UP ACROSS FROM THE SENIORS. ONE BY
ONE THE FRESHMEN STEP FORWARD AND CALL OUT TO A SENIOR (USUALLY THE
ONE THAT HAS BEEN THEIR BIG BROTHER THE PAST YEAR). AFTER EVERYONE
IS PAIRED OFF, A HUGE BRAWL TAKES PLACE. NOW THE PLEBES ARE TRUE
MEMBERS OF THE CITIDEL TRADITION.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS A FRESHMAN AT THIS COLLEGE AND IS LOOKING FORWARD TO
THIS CEREMONY.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA ; CHARLESTON

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Summer
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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TAPE OF MISCELLANOUS INFORMATION

INVENTORY OF TAPE;NIGERIAN FUNERALS,NAMING CEREMONY, WEDDINGS,
CARE OF TEETH, PARTIES FOR I6-AND 2!-YEAR-OLDS,CONFIRMATION
EATING CUSTOMS, BEHAVIOR AND ATTITUDES OF NIGERIANS BACK FROM ABROAD,
CELEBRATION OF APRIL FOOLS BEFORE NOON

Where learned: NIGERIA ; POSSIBLY SOMETHING ABOUT IRELAND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Baptism Naming rite
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
SPEECH -- Gesture

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HUMAN DEFORMATION

THE BALINESE FILLED THEIR FRONT TEETH
SO THAT UPON REACHING ADULTHOOD
THEIR TEETH WOULD BE EVEN AND THE GODS WOULD NOT MISTAKE THEM
FOR MONSTERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): MONSTER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue

Date learned: 02-07-1970

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MATURITY

THE MEMBERS OF THE MAFIA FEEL THAT THEIR SONS HAVE REACHED THE
TIME OF MATURITY WHEN THEY BECOME 21. AND UNTIL THEY HAVE REACHED
THIS AGE THEY ARE NOT PERMITTED TO ENTER INTO THE ORGANIZATION.

Where learned: HIS HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity

Date learned: 02-08-1968

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IN SOME PARTS OF KENTUCKY, IT IS A TRADITION WHEN A MALE TURNS 21,
HE MUST BE ABLE TO DRINK A FIFTH OF BOURBON BY HIMSELF.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity

Date learned: 09-25-1968

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YEARLY GROWTH

WHILE ATTENDING A COUSIN'S BIRTHDAY PARTY, MY UNCLE JACK PLACED MY
COUSIN AGAINST THE DOOR JAM IN THE KITCHEN, TOOK OUT HIS KNIFE AND
NOTCHED MY COUSIN,S HEIGHT. LOOKING CLOSELY, I NOTICED THAT THE
HEIGHTS OF ALL THE FAMILY MEMBERS (6) WERE NOTCHED ON THE MOULDING
PIECE. ALSO, THEY WERE MARKED WITH THE APPROPRIATE BIRTHDATE. THUS
A RECORD OF GROWTH AND FINAL HEIGHT COULD BE MEASURED AND SAVED. I
HAVE ALSO NOTICED THIS CUSTOM IN OTHER HOMES SINCE THEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Keyword(s): DOOR JAMB HEIGHT BIRTHDAY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity

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SOCIAL DEBUT

WHEN A GIRL IS FIFTEEN YEARS OLD SHE IS PRESENTED TO THE SOCIETY AS
A CELEBRATION FOR ATTAINING HER MATURITY. IT IS ACCOMPANIED WITH A
BIG DANCE AFTERWARDS.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dance
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.15

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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COUNSELOR IN TRAINING GRADUATION

CIT GRADUATION IS THE CEREMONY THAT A COUNSELOR IN TRAINING GOES
THROUGH BEFORE SHE IS AN OFFICIAL STAFF MEMBER. BASICALLY, THE
CEREMONY IS QUIET AND THOUGHTFUL. A GENERAL OUTLINE OF ONE SUCH
CEREMONY FOLLOWS. MM
I PROCESSION INTO THE AREA
II POEM
III MAGIC CAMPFIRE- A CAMPFIRE LIT WITH AN ARROW.
IV SONG
V ACTUAL GRADUATION
A) POEM
B) STAFF PRESENTATION-STAFF TIES ARE GIVEN TO THE CIT GIRLS
FROM THEIR SPECIAL STAFF FRIENDS
C) CAMP DIRECTORS PRESENT DIPLOMAS AND WISH BALLOONS
D) CIT GIRLS ARE BROUGHT TO A PAPER BAG FILLED WITH SAND AND
A CANDLE AND LIGHT THE CANDLE.
VI POEM
VII POEMS BY THE CIT INDIVIDUALS
VIII SONG

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WAS EXTREMELY SENTIMENTAL WHEN DESCRIBING THIS CEREMONY
AND EVEN STARTED TO CRY. SHE WAS AVIDLY REMEMBERING HER OWN CIT
GRADUATION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WIXOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: 02-07-1980 ; 00-00-1978

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"BAR MITZVAH"-THIS IS A JEWISH CELEBRATION WHEN BOYS BECOME MEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity

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AT A POLISH WEDDING, AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE HALL OR RECEPTION AREA
EACH MALE OVER SIXTEEN YEARS OF AGE MUST DRINK TO THE BRIDE AND
GROOM WITH POLISH VODKA. IT SYMBOLIZES CONFIDENCE , APPROVAL AND
ACCEPTANCE INTO THE SOCIETY AS MAN AND WIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HAWKS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Reception
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.16

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CIRCUMCISION

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

CIRCUMCISION IS THE REMOVAL OF THE FORESKIN COVERING THE
PENIS. FOR THE FEMALES, THE CLITORIS IS USUALLY CUT
OFF SO THAT THE WOMAN CAN IN NO WAY BE ABLE TO
FEEL OR EXPERIENCE SEXUAL SENSATION DURING INTERCOURSE.
IT IS BELIEVED THAT HER SEX ORGANS WILL BE SOLELY USED FOR
CONCEPTION. MALE CIRCUMCISION IN LIBERIA IS ATTENDED
BY MALES AND FEMALES AND WHEN A FEMALE IS BEING
CIRCUMCISED, SHE HAS THE CHOICE OF WHOEVER SHE WOULD LIKE
TO BE IN ATTENDANCE. CIRCUMCISION IS BELIEVED ORIGINATED
DURING OR ABOUT 10,000 B. C. THE FORESKIN IS USUALLY
TIED AND REMOVED AND SHOULD BE DONE WITHOUT TEARS OR
SCREAMING FROM THE YOUNG MALE. THIS IS A SIGN OF MANHOOD.
IF HE SHOULD CRY OR SCREAM, THAT GESTURE REPRESENTS
COWARDICE. IT IS ALSO SYMBOLIC OF THE CULTURE FOR A
YOUNG MAN TO WITHSTAND PAIN. NO TEARS OR SCREAMS SHOWS
A BIG SACRIFICE FOR THE YOUNG MALE AND HIS PARENTS. IF THE
YOUNG MALE DOESN'T CRY, HE IS USUALLY REWARDED WITH MANY
MATERIAL THINGS SUCH AS MONEY, CLOTHES, AND FOOD. IF HE
CRIES, HIS RELATIVES WILL FEAR FOR MANY YEARS THAT
UNTIL PROVEN WRONG, HE MIGHT EXHIBIT CHARACTERISTICS
OF A LAZY OR WEAK INDIVIDUAL.
CIRCUMCISION OCCURS EVERY FOUR YEARS. INCIDENTALLY,
THIS NOVEMBER, MANY CIRCUMCISION WILL TAKE PLACE. MANY
VILLAGES IN LIBERIA WILL BE THE FOCUS OF CIRCUMCISION
RITES. IT IS A FORM OF INITIATION INTO THE AFRICAN
SOCIETY AND MANHOOD. IT OCCURS WHEN A MALE REACHES THE AGE
OF TWELVE. CIRCUMCISION ALSO IN MANY TRIBAL VILLAGES
SUCCEEDS MARRIAGE. IT IS ALSO BELIEVED THAT CIRCUMCISION
SEPARATES THE YOUNG MALE WHO HAS BEEN CIRCUMCISED FROM
THE ONES WHO HAVE NEVER BEEN CIRCUMCISED. A INITIATION MARK
CAN ALSO BE SHOWN ON A MALE'S BACK. UNCIRCUMCISED MEN
USUALLY HAVE VERY LARGE PENIS. IT PENETRATES THE FEMALE'S
WOMB SHARPLY WHEN IT ENTERS IT. IT IS ALSO BELIEVED
THAT UNCIRCUMCISED MEN ARE FEAR AMONG WOMEN. THEY ARE
FEAR SEXUALLY. MANY PARENTS AND RELATIVES FEAR FOR THEIR
FEMALE'S HEALTH IF MARRIAGE WAS TO COME ABOUT FROM ONE OF
THESE MEN. THEY ARE NOT HAPPY MEN. THERE, TO GET AWAY FROM
THE MISERY, A VISIT TO A JUJUMAN OFTEN TIMES HELP OUT.
THE JUJUMAN CAN BE HELPFUL BY ATTACHING THE PREPUCE WITH A
RING. THIS RING HELPS THE UNCIRCUMCISED MAN NOT TO PENETRATE
THE FEMALE'S WOMB DEEPLY.HIS CHANCES OF FERTILITY CAN
ALSO BE HELPED. IT MIGHT ALSO INCREASE HIS SPERM. HIS
SEXUAL INTERCOURSE CAN ALSO BECOME SATISFYING INSTEAD
OF PAINFUL FOR HIS PARTNER. THE WORD UNCIRCUMCISED IS
A CURSE WORD. IT IS ALSO A DEGRADING WORD FOR THE MALES.
UNCIRCUMCISED IS NOT A CURSE WORD FOR FEMALES. SHE SIMPLY
ACCEPTS HER CONDITION. SHE LEARNS TO LIVE WITH IT.
THE FEMALE'S CLITORIS SIMPLY CAN'T BE REPLACED. SHE DOESN'T
DARE DO ANY THING ABOUT IT ALSO. A YOUNG MAN WHO IS
TO BE CIRCUMCISED DAY BEGINS AT DAWN. HE EATS GARI
WHICH IS HIS BREAKFAST. WHEN HE FINISHES, HE IS UNDRESS
BY HIS MATERNAL UNCLE WITH BEADS. THE BEADS ARE PLACED
AROUND HIS WAIST AND HIS HANDS. HIS NECK IS ALSO DECORATED WITH
COW ORNAMENTS. A GOAT IS SACRIFICED IN HONOR OF THE YOUNG MAN.
THIS IS DONE AROUND 12 NOON. AT ABOUT TWO O'CLOCK, THE
YOUNG MAN TO BE CIRCUMCISED IS THEN THROWN INTO A COLD
STEAM. WHEN HE GETS OUT OF THE STEAM, CIRCUMCISION BEGINS.
CIRCUMCISION FOR THE FEMALES IS NOT DISCUSSED OFTEN AS
IT IS DISCUSSED OF THE MALE. WHEN A FEMALE REACHES PUBERTY,
HER CLITORIS IS CUT. SHE THEN GETS MARRIED SHORTLY AFTER.
NOTHING MORE IS DISCUSSED BECAUSE SHE IS SUPPOSE TO BE
HER HUSBAND'S PROPERTY. THIS CUSTOM IS PRACTICED A LOT
IN MANY VILLAGES IN LIBERIA. HOWEVER, IN THE CITY OR
WITH THE CHILDREN OF EDUCATED PARENTS. CIRCUMCISION
OF THE CLITORIS IS NOT PRACTICED. IT IS NOT PRACTICED
BECAUSE OF COLONIZATION. FOR THE MALES, CIRCUMCISION IS
PRACTICED BY THE REMOVAL OF THE PREPUCE COVERING THE
PENIS.

Where learned: LIBERIA ; MONROVIA ; SINKOR

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Morning mealsBreakfast
BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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BAR MITZVAH

MY IRISH (VERY MUCH SO) SISTER ATTENDED THE BAR
MITZVAH OF A NEIGHBOR'S SON. THERE WAS A STROLLING
VIOLINIST AT THE VERY GALA, VERY JEWISH FETE, WHO WENT
FROM TABLE TO TABLE PLAYING REQUESTS. WHEN HE CAME
TO THE TABLE WITH MY VERY IRISH LOOKING SISTER AND
HER VERY IRISH LOOKING HUSBAND, THE VIOLINIST DIDN'T
EVEN ASK FOR A REQUEST, BUT UPON TAKING ONE LOOK AT
THE COUPLE, STARTED TO PLAY, "WHEN IRISH EYES ARE
SMILING."

Where learned: NEW YORK CITY ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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IN ORDER TO PROVE THAT YOU ARE A MAN IN MEXICO, THE
BOY MUST EAT THE ENTIRE HEAD OF A LAMB.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS IN MEXICO WHEN I WAS DOWN THERE
IN 1964; IT IS AN OLD TRADITION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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PUBERTY SUPERSTITION

LIVING IN A FARM COMMUNITY, W E BOYS ALWAYS WENT
SWIMMING IN THE NUDE. THE OLDER BOYS, NATURALLY, FILLED
OUR HEADS WITH SOME STRANGE IDEAS ABOUT SEX. WE WERE
TOLD (WE BEING THE BOYS APPROACHING THE AGE OF
PUBERTY) THAT RUBBING CIGARETTE ASHES IN THE PUBIC
AREA WOULD ENCOURAGE THE GROWTH OF BODY HAIR. SINCE
WE WERE CONCERNED ABOUT SUCH SECONDARY SEX CHARACTERISTICS
THIS LET TO AN INCREASE IN SMOKING, AT LEAST WHEN WE WERE
WITH THE OLDER BOYS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NORTH BRANCH

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
BELIEF -- Maturity
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 00-00-1942

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STUDENT LORE

HAVING WORKED AT A PAROCHIAL SCHOOL, I HAVE BEEN IN
CONTACT WITH THE CLERGY MANY TIMES. ONE NIGHT AFTER
A PARTICULARLY FESTIVE OCCASION, I WAS SPEAKING TO A
PRIEST ABOUT THE PROBLEMS YOUNG PEOPLE ARE HAVING
ETC. HE REMARKED THAT THEY ARE VERY ADAPTIBLE TO
CHANGE. EVENTUALLY, HE EXPLAINED AT LEAST TWO METHODS
OF ARTIFICIAL CONTRACEPTION WHICH TEENAGERS EMPLOY:
1. THE BOYS WRAP THEIR PENIS WITH A COMMERCIAL
PRODUCT, SARAN WRAP, A METHOD BOTH POPULAR AND EFFECTIVE.
2. THE GIRLS, IF THE BOY HAS NO SARAN WRAP, DOUCHE
BY SHAKING A COKE BOTTLE VIGOROUSLY AND INSERTING IT
INTO THE VAGINA AFTER INTERCOURSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
BELIEF -- Birth

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THE AMISH PEOPLE

THE AMISH PAINT THEIR FENCES AND DOORS BLUE WHEN THEY
HAVE A DAUGHTER WHO HAS ATTAINED THE AGE FOR MARRIAGE.
THE MEN DO NOT SHAVE AFTER THEY ARE MARRIED; THEY
GROW BEARDS.

Submitter comment: THIS INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM MY MOTHER, WHO WORKS WITH
THE INFORMANT. WHERE THE INFORMANT OBTAINED THE
INFORMATION IS NOT CERTAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM ; FORD MOTOR CO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 04-02-1965

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AN IRREGULAR CELEBRATION

WHEN A BABY GETS HIS FIRST TOOTH, THE LEBANESE HAVE A
CELEBRATION CALLED A "SNIENEE." AT THIS CELEBRATION
MANY VARIOUS SWEETS ARE MADE AND SERVED.

Where learned: PHONE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity

Date learned: 10-21-1969

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MEXICAN CUSTOM

IN MEXICO WHEN A GIRL TURNS FIFTEEN SHE HAS REACHED THE "AGE
OF ILLUSION" OR IS ON THE "THRESHOLD OF WOMANHOOD." AT
THIS TIME SHE IS TO BE PRESENTED TO SOCIETY. THE PREPARATIONS
START AT LEAST SIX MONTHS BEFORE THE EVENT. IN SOME CASES,
WEALTHY PARENTS SPEND AS MUCH ON THIS OCCASION AS THEY WOULD
FOR A WEDDING. THE FOLLOWING ARE SOME OF THE DETAILS THAT
HAVE TO BE ARRANGED.
INVITATIONS:
EXAMPLE: MR. & MRS. JUAN GONZALEZ
REQUEST THE HONOR OF YOUR PRESENCE
AT THE MASS OF THANKSGIVING
THAT WILL BE OFFERED
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1971
AT HOLY REDEEMER CHURCH
JUNCTION & W. VERNOR
IN HONOR OF THEIR DAUGHTER
MARIA
WHO WILL BE CELEBRATING HER
FIFTEENTH BIRTHDAY

Submitter comment: THE ABOVE IS ARRANGED ON THE INVITATION LIKE A WEDDING
INVITATION ACCORDING TO THE 5 X 8 CARD. ESCORT: THE GIRL'S ESCORT MAY BE A FAMILY FRIEND, A BROTHER, OR COUSIN. HE SHOULD BE AT LEAST 18 YRS. OLD. "DAMAS" & ESCORTS: THE GIRL MUST CHOOSE FROM AMONG HER FRIENDS FOURTEEN GIRLS TO BE HER "DAMAS." THESE GIRLS WILL EACH REPRESENT ONE YEAR IN HER LIFE. SHE HERSELF WILL REPRESENT THE FIFTEENTH. THE "DAMAS" MUST DRESS FORMALLY AS WELL AS THEIR ESCORTS. FORMAL DRESS: PINK IS THE TRADITIONAL COLOR WORN BY THE GIRL FOR THIS EVENT BUT WHITE IS SOMETIMES PREFERRED. IT MAY BE OF LACE OR ANY DRESSY MATERIAL. AT THE CHURCH THE GIRL KNEELS BETWEEN HER PARENTS. TEARS OF JOY ARE USUALLY SHED BY THE PROUD PARENTS AS THEY REALIZE THAT THEIR LITTLE GIRL HAS GROWN UP. AFTER THE MASS THE PEOPLE GO TO THE RECEPTION. AFTER THE DINNER, THE BAND PLAYS A WALTZ AS SHE MAKES A GRAND ENTRANCE AND DANCES WITH HER FATHER. HALFWAY THROUGH, THE FATHER TURNS HER OVER TO HER ESCORT; AFTER THAT, THE "DAMAS" AND THEIR ESCORTS JOIN IN. THIS IS CERTAINLY ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MEXICAN TRADITIONS; HONORING A GIRL AT THAT TENDER AGE. IT IS A MOMENTOUS OCCASION IN THE LIFE OF A MEXICAN GIRL, AND IT CAN BE STATED THAT SHE WILL CHERISH THIS EVENT AS BEING SECOND ONLY TO HER WEDDING DAY.
THE INFORMANT'S FAMILY AND FRIENDS STILL DO PRACTICE THIS
CUSTOM IN DETROIT (MICHIGAN).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity

Date learned: 02-15-1971

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MATURATION RITE

AMONG THE MEXICANS THERE IS THE RITE OF COTILLION, A
COMING-OUT PARTY FOR 16-YEAR-OLD GIRLS. THIS RITE HAS
AN AMAZING SIMILARITY TO A WEDDING. FOR THE GIRL IS
DRESSED LIKE A BRIDE, AND HAS BRIDES-MAIDS, ETC. THE
CEREMONY TAKES PLACE DURING A PUBLIC MASS, WITH MANY
GUESTS INVITED.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity

Date learned: 10-15-1971

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