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MOON RAYS

THIS INFORMANT SAID THAT HIS MOTHER BELIEVES THAT IT CAN BE
VERY HARMFUL IF A PERSON ALLOWS HIMSELF TO BE EXPOSED TO THE
DIRECT RAYS OF THE MOON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 03-15-1967

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SUPERSTITION

ALAYS CUT YOUR HAIR WHEN THE MOON IS GROWING, NEVER SHRINKING,
AND IT WILL GROW FASTER.

Submitter comment: SOURCE NOT REMEMBERED.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

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FISHING SUPERSTITION

IT'S MORE EFFECTIVE TO GO FISHING BY THE DARK OF THE MOON BECAUSE
THEN THE FISH CAN'T SEE IF YOUR BAIT IS FAKE OR NOT.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM A CANADIAN FISHERMAN ABOUT 1945.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; YONKERS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion

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JAMAICAN SUPERSTITION

IF A WOMAN IS PREGNANT AND EXPECTING WITHIN A NUMBER OF DAYS OR
WEEKS, A FULL MOON WILL CAUSE THE CHILD TO COME QUICKER.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM A LADY-FRIEND FROM JAMAICA.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 01-01-1964

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THE HANGING SHADOW

THERE WAS A BOY IN PITTSBURGH WHO WAS HAVING SEVERE TROUBLE WITH
HIS FAMILY. HE WENT AND HANGED HIMSELF IN A DESERTED HOUSE NEXT
DOOR. THE MOON SHONE ON HIM AND CAST THE SHADOW OF HIM HANGING
ONTO HIS OWN HOUSE. THAT IS HOW HE WAS DISCOVERED. THE HOUSE
HAS BEEN PAINTED AND REPAINTED, BUT YOU CAN STILL SEE THE OUTLINE
OF A BODY HANGING FROM A NOOSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- B680
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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WHEN BABIES ARE BORN

ON THE GROWING OF THE FULL MOON
AND THE FALLING OF THE FULL MOON,
BABIES ARE BORN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FINAL ITERATION ; NONSENSE VERSE?

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.453
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.542
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 10-00-1974

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PIECE EARS

IF THE MOON IS FULL WHEN YOU PIECE YOUR EARS,
YOU LL FEEL NO PAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PIERCE YOUR EARS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 10-00-1974

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MONEY AND WISH

IF YOU HAVE A PIECE OF MONEY AND SHAKE IT AT THE NEW MOON, AND
MAKE A WISH YOUR WISH WILL COME TRUE. THIS WILL GENERALLY ALSO
MAKE YOUR MONEY COME BACK DOUBLE TO YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): INCREASE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 10-00-1974

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WHEN A WOMAN IS PREGNANT AND IT IS ABOUT TIME FOR HER TO HAVE THE
BABY SHE WILL HAVE THE BABY WHEN THE MOON IS FULL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 10-00-1974

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ILLNESS

IF A BABY IS SICK, DIP HIM IN COLD WATER ON THE SECOND FULL MOON OF
THE SEASON.

Where learned: HOME ; SCHOOL ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Number
BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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METAPHOR

ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; COLOR

James Callow Keyword(s): ILLUSION ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WEATHER SAYINGS

CLEAR MOON,
FROST SOON.

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): RHYME ; WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 09-07-1969

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A RAIL FENCE MUST BE LAID DURING THE DARK OF THE MOON ELSE
IT WILL SINK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business

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PLANTING BELIEF

POLISH FARMERS BELIEVE THAT IF YOU PLANT WHEN THERE IS A NEW MOON
THE WHEAT SHAFTS WILL NOT BE FULL, ALSO THE PLANTS WILL BLOOM
AND BLOOM BUT WILL NOT BEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ALLITERATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 02-07-1971

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IT IS BELIEVED BY MANY PEOPLE THAT YOU SHOULD NOT PLANT UNLESS
THERE IS A FULL MOON.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT FORMERLY BELIEVED AND PRACTICED THIS OLD IDEA THAT WAS TAUGHT TO HIM AS A CHILD BY
HIS PARENTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

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SUPERSTITION

PLANT TOMATOES, CUKES ETC. WHEN THE ALMANAC SAYS THE MOON IS
RIGHT OR YOU WILL HAVE BLOOMS-DAY. 'ALL BLOOMS AND NO
FRUIT.'

Submitter comment: THIS SUPERSTITION WAS LEARNED IN CLARKSVILLE, MISSISSIPPI.
IT IS NOW IRRELEVANT TO THE INFORMANT.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; CLARKSVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; CUKES=CUCUMBERS VEGETABLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 02-00-1971

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AGRILCULTURE

ANY VEGETABLE THAT GROWS BENEATH THE GROUND OR POTATO-ONE
SHOULD PLANT IN THE DARK OF THE MOON SO THAT WHEN THEY GROW ABOVE
THE GROUND THEY WILL HAVE THE BENEFIT OF A FULL MOON.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT EMPLOYS THIS METHOD IN HIS FARMING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 04-00-1971

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PLANTING CUSTOM BELIEF IN MOON, PLANTING BELIEF OBSERVATION

WHEN THE MOON IS A BANANA SHAPE, THAT IS THE BEST TIME TO PLANT
ROSES.

Submitter comment: MY FATHER'S FAMILY DID THIS IN POLAND

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-06-1971

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MOON BELIEF

WHEN THE FULL MOON APPEARS, PEOPLE GET LOONEY.

Where learned: HIGH SCHOOL

James Callow Keyword(s): LOONEY COMES FROM WORD FOR MOON IN LATIN= LUNA ; MADNESS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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MOON SICKNESS

THE FULL MOON ACTUALLY HAS AN EFFECT ON SOME PEOPLE.
IT IS BELIEVED THAT A COUPLE TYPES OF MENTAL DISORDERS CAN
ACTUALLY BE ATTRIBUTED TO THE MOON. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHOSE
MOODS FOLLOW THE CYCLES OF THE MOON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 12-00-1968

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