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CUSTOM

ON CHRISTMAS EVE IT IS A CUSTOM IN IRELAND TO LEAVE EITHER THE
FRONT DOOR OR THE BACK DOOR AJAR SO THAT THE BABY JESUS AND THE
BLESSED MOTHER CAN BE ADMITTED INTO THE HOME.

Submitter comment: MRS. SULLIVAN'S FAMILY OBSERVED THIS CUSTOM IN COUNTY CLAIR,
IRELAND AROUND 1925.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

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PATRON SAINT

ST. JOSEPH IS THE PATRON SAINT OF THE MALTESE AND WEARING HIS
MEDAL BRINGS GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): AMULET TALISMAN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Emblem
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.1

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ST. ANTHONY

IF YOU LOSE SOMETHING, PRAY TO ST. ANTHONY AND YOU WILL FIND IT.

Submitter comment: HE CONSIDERS THIS A MALTESE BELIEF.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MISPLACING OR LOSING THINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 03-21-1975

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ST. PATRICK'S DAY

LIGHTING GREEN CANDLES AND PUTTING THEM IN THE WINDOWS
IS A COMMON PRACTICE OF RESPECT AND REVERENCE FOR ST. PAT.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 17 Feast of St. Patrick
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: CA1960-1975

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ST. CHRISTOPHER

A ST. CHRISTOPHER MEDAL IS WORN FOR PEDESTRIAN PROTECTION.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): AMULET TALISMAN

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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DOGWOOD BELIEF

THE RED MARKS ON EACH OF THE FOUR PETALS OF THE DOGWOOD FLOWER
ARE CALLED BLOODSPOTS BECAUSE THEY REPRESENT THE PASSION MARKS
OF CHRIST.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Plant
SPEECH -- Folk etymology
SPEECH -- Folk Name for Plant

Date learned: 11-12-1969

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BREAD BELIEF

IN CUTTING A LOAF OF BREAD.
NEVER LEAVE A KNIFE IN THE BREAD, IT IS LIKE CUTTING THE
HEART OF JESUS.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC

Subject headings: Custom
Food Drink -- Plant food Cereal
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 09-15-1969

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CHRISTMAS BELIEF

NO CHRIST CHILD IN THE MANGER BEFORE CHRISTMAS EVE.

Submitter comment: SHE WILL NOT PUT THE FIGURE IN THE MANGER BEFORE THEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: Custom
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Manger scenes
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 01-20-1971

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BELIEF

THE BLESSED MOTHER TURNS HER BACK ON GIRLS WHO WHISTLE.

Submitter comment: HEARD FROM REV. CAHILL'S MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FRIVOLITY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 01-22-1968

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WHISTLING BELIEF

GIRLS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO WHISTLE BECAUSE THE BLESSED MOTHER
WOULD TURN HER HEAD AND CRY.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT WAS TOLD THIS BY HER MOTHER WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG.
SHE PRACTICED THIS WHEN YOUNG, BUT DOES NOT BELIEVE IN THE
TRUTH OF IT NOW. (1920S).

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

James Callow Keyword(s): VANITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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HOLY COMMUNION

WHEN I WAS 8 I BELIEVED IF I CHEWED THE HOST, MY TEETH WOULD ROT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Church

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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MAGIC

IF YOU BITE THE CONSECRATED HOST IT WILL BLEED FOR IT IS THE
BODY OF CHRIST.

Submitter comment:

THREE OTHERS SIMILAR TO THIS IN THE ARCHIVE FILES OF LINED CARDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Flint

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Church

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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BELIEF

ON THE RADIO ONE NIGHT I HEARD A SCIENTIST TALKING ABOUT
U.F.O.S (UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS). HE EXPRESSED BELIEF
IN THE IDEA THAT THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM WAS ACTUALLY A FLYING SAUCER
FROM VENUS, AND CHRIST WAS VENETIAN.

Submitter comment: HEARD AT THE TIME WHEN U.F.O.'S WERE THE BIG THING IN 1968

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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LEGEND OF A SAINT

WHEN I WAS A VERY YOUNG GIRL MY MOTHER TOLD ME TO SAY A
PRAYER TO ST. ANTHONY WHENEVER I LOST ANYTHING AND THAT HE
WOULD SOON DIRECT ME TO THE PLACE WHERE THE OBJECT LAY HIDDEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 01-22-1968

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LEGEND OF A SAINT

WHENEVER A GIRL HAS PROBLEMS IN TRYING TO FIND YOUNG MEN TO GO
OUT WITH SHE SHOULD REPREAT THE FOLLOWING OCCASIONALLY:
' ST. ANNE ST. ANNE, PLEASE SEND ME A MAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

James Callow Keyword(s): RHYME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Prayer
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 01-22-1968

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ST. PAT

THE MOST POPULAR AND WIDE-SPREAD STORY ABOUT SAINT PATRICK IS
THAT THANKS TO HIM, IRELAND HAS NO SNAKES. IT IS BELIEVED THAT
ST. PAT REMOVED THEM IN PIED PIPER FASHION.

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL

Subject headings: Prophet / Seer / Soothsayer
BELIEF -- Religious hero
SPEECH -- Proper Name
SPEECH -- To Be Heard

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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LEGEND OF A SAINT

WHENEVER A PERSON FINDS THEMSELF IN A DIFFICULT SITUATION
WHICH THEY CANNOT SOLVE OR WORK OUT, THEY SHOULD SAY A PRAYER
TO ST. JUDE, HELPER OF DESPERATE CASES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Prayer
SPEECH -- Proper Name

Date learned: 01-22-1968

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MIRACLE OF ST. PAUL

ST. PAUL'S CHURCH IN MALTA IS FREQUENTLY VISITED BY MANY
TOURISTS. THERE IS A WALL OF LIMESTONE WHERE THE TOURISTS CHIP OFF
THE STONE FOR A SOUVENIR. NO MATTER HOW MANY TOURISTS CHIP OFF STONE
IT ALWAYS REMAINS THE SAME. THIS IS THE MIRACLE OF ST. PAUL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Holy placeChurchTemple
BELIEF -- Religious hero
SPEECH -- Proper Name

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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HARVEST

SIVIETA ZOFYA, COKTOSY ROZEVIYA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): RHYME ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
SPEECH -- Proper Name

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RELIGIOUS BELIEF

IF YOU SAY A HAIL MARY FOR EACH ONE OF YOUR TEETH, SAINT
POLLONIA WILL PROTECT YOUR TEETH FROM HARM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; KALAMAZOO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
SPEECH -- Proper Name

Date learned: 02-18-1971

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