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BIRTHMARK SUPERSTITION

MRS. BALDWIN HAS A SMALL MARK RESEMBLING A PIN PRICK ON THE LOWER
PART OF HER BACK. HER MOTHER TOLD HER THAT SHE HERSELF HAD BEEN
PRICKED WITH A PIN THERE WHILE PREGNANT AND THAT IS HOW IT WAS
PASSED ON.

Submitter comment: MRS. BALDWIN HEARD THIS IN HER CHILDHOOD FROM HER MOTHER IN
BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LATHRUP VILLAGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 12-08-1963

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BIRTHMARK SUPERSTITION

STRAWBERRY BIRTHMARKS SWELL-UP DURING STRAWBERRY SEASON.

Submitter comment: MRS. BALDWIN HEARD THIS FROM HER MOTHER DURING HER CHILDHOOD IN
BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LATHRUP VILLAGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 12-08-1963

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MOLE SUPERSTITION

MRS. BALDWIN SAYS THAT PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAIRY MOLES GOT THEM
BECAUSE THEIR MOTHER WAS BITTEN BY A DOG WHEN SHE WAS PREGNANT.

Submitter comment: MRS. BALDWIN DOESN'T REMEMBER WHERE SHE HEARD THIS BUT SHE HAD
BELIEVED IT AS LONG AS SHE CAN REMEMBER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LATHRUP VILLAGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 12-08-1963

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PREGNANCY EFFECTS

WHEN YOU ARE PREGNANT AND YOU CRAVE CERTAIN FOODS, YOUR BABY
WILL HAVE A BIRTH MARK IN THE SHAPE OF THE FOOD THAT YOU CRAVE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER PARENTS WHO ARE OF IRISH DESCENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 03-31-1967

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PREGNANCY EFFECTS

WHATEVER ANIMAL A WOMAN THINKS ABOUT THE MOST WHILE SHE IS
PREGNANT WILL SHOW UP AS A BIRTH MARK ON THE BABY IN THE SHAPE
OF THE ANIMAL.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER PARENTS WHO ARE OF IRISH DESCENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 03-31-1967

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SCARED BABY

A YOUNG MAN, SOON TO BE A FATHER, WALKED INTO THE HOUSE ONE
EVENING WITH A LARGE GREAT DANE. THIS SCARED HIS YOUNG WIFE
A GREAT DEAL AS SHE HAD NOT EXPECTED EITHER HE OR THE DOG.
A FEW MONTHS LATER WHEN THE WOMAN WENT TO THE HOSPITAL TO DELIVER
HER CHILD, SHE TOOK ALONG HER MOTHER. THE MOTHER CAME INTO THE
DELIVERY ROOM WITH HER, PREPARED TO DO WHAT SHE MUST. IF THE
CHILD WAS BORN WITH ANY MARKS, SHE WOULD RUB THESE WITH THE
PLACENTA TO ERASE THEM. BOTH MOTHER AND DAUGHTER BELIEVED THAT
THE BABY WOULD BE MARKED OR SCARRED BECAUSE THE MOTHER HAD BEEN
SCARED DURING HER PREGNANCY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 03-10-1967

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SUPERSTITION

IF A PREGNANT WOMAN IS HIT ON HER LEFT ARM, HER CHILD WILL HAVE
A SCAR THERE.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 12-24-1963

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SUPERSTITION

WHEN A WOMAN IS PREGNANT AND SHE WANTS TO ASSURE THE LOCATION OF
HER CHILD'S BIRTHMARK IF HE WILL HAVE ANY, SHE SHOULD RUB HER
HAND OVER THE DESIRED AREA (IE., THE REAR END) AND THE MARK
WILL APPEAR ONLY THERE. THIS SHOULD BE DONE EVERY DAY TILL THE
ARRIVAL OF THE CHILD.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER ITALIAN MOTHER.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PLEASANTVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 12-27-1963

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PREGNANCY BELIEF

DURING HER PREGNANCY HER MOTHER-IN-LAW MADE HER EAT A LITTLE OF
EVERYTHING ON THE DINNER TABLE, BECAUSE SHE BELIEVED THAT IF A
PREGNANT WOMAN SAW FOOD AND DID NOT EAT IT, HER CHILD WOULD BE
MARKED OR DEFORMED AT BIRTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PREGNANCY SUPERSTITION

WHEN A WOMAN IS PREGNANT AND SHE SEES SOMETHING WHICH FRIGHTENS HER,
THE BABY WILL RETAIN AN IMPRINT OF IT ON THE PART OF THE BODY
ON WHICH THE MOTHER TOUCHES HERSELF.

Submitter comment:

KEYPUNCHERS COMMENT, THERE ARE THREE OTHERS SIMILAR TO THIS IN
THE ARCHIVE FILE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Birth

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FOOD SUPERSTITIONS REGARDING PREGNANCY

IF WHILE A WOMAN IS PREGNANT, AND SHE HAS A CRAVING FOR A
CERTAIN FOOD AND SHE THEN TOUCHES HERSELF, THE BABY WILL HAVE
A BIRTHMARK ON THAT SPOT THE WOMAN TOUCHED.

Submitter comment:

KEYPUNCHERS COMMENT, THERE ARE SEVERAL OTHERS LIKE THIS IN THE
ARCHIVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC?

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 03-07-1971

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OLD WIVES: TALE

IF A PREGNANT WOMAN RECEIVES A SCAR ETC. HER BABY WILL BE
BORN WITH ONE IN THE SAME SPOT.

Submitter comment: WHILE I WAS PREGNANT I RECEIVED A SCAR FROM AN IRON
BURN ON MY ARM, MY BABY WAS NOT BORN WITH A SCAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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BELIEF

IF A WOMAN IS BURNED WHILE PREGNANT, THE BABY WILL HAVE THE MARK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 09-27-1969

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PREGNANCY BELIEF

AN EXPECTANT MOTHER MUST NEVER MAKE REMARKS ABOUT AN
UGLY PERSON, IF SHE DOES HER CHILD WILL LOOK LIKE THAT
UGLY ONE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 10-12-1969

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PINCH OF THE DEAD

WHEN YOU FIND A BLACK AND BLUE MARK ON YOUR BODY AND
YOU DO NOT KNOW WHERE IT IS FROM, IT MEANS THAT SOMEONE
WHO IS CLOSE TO YOU AND THAT DIED, NEEDS YOUR PRAYERS
AND HAS COME BACK TO TELL YOU THIS. THE BLACK AND BLUE MARK.
IS A SIGN THAT HE HAS PINCHED YOU TO TELL OF HIS NEED.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COLORS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
SPEECH -- Extra Corporal Means of Communication

Date learned: 03-31-1970

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ROLLING CALF

IF YOU ARE A BUTCHER, WHEN YOU DIE YOU WILL BECOME A ROLLING CALF
A ROLLING CALF IS A GHOST WHO IS MOST DREADED AND
CRUEL. IT HAS EYES LIKE FIRE. IF YOU MEET ONE ON THE ROAD RUN FOR
YOUR LIFE AND MAKE A KATHA, THEN SIT ON IT BUT DON'T FALL ASLEEP.
IF YOU FALL ASLEEP THE ROLLING CALF WILL KILL AND DISFIGURE YOU AS IF
YOU WERE BORN WITH THE DISFIGUREMENT.

Submitter comment: THE SPELLING OF ROLLING CALF MAY BE WRONG.
I WAS UNABLE TO LOCATE THE WORD "KATHA" IN ANY DICTIONARY. THE
SPELLING WHICH WAS GIVEN TO ME WAS SAID TO BE CORRECT. A "KATHA" IS A
WAD OF CLOTH WHICH IS PLACED ON THE HEAD WHEN CARRYING OBJECTS ON
IT.
DONALD LEE LEARNED THIS ITEM IN BUFF BAY JAMAICA.

Where learned: JAMAICA ; BUFF BAY

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Human or animal body Deformation
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-31-1975

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INDICATOR OF MORE THAN ONE MARRIAGE

IF A MAN HAS A DIMPLE IN HIS CHIN,
THIS SHOWS THAT HE WILL BE MARRIED MORE THAN ONCE IN HIS LIFETIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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DIMPLES

FRIENDS AND RELATIVES CONSTANTLY TOLD MY SISTER
WHEN SHE WAS LITTLE AND HAD BIG DIMPLES,
TO PUT PENCILS IN THEM AND SCREW THEM AROUND TO MAKE THEM STAY.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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