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RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY, COME AGAIN ANOTHER DAY.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD / Updated on 1-13-2011

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHILD ; CHILDREN ; Language ; Play ; Rain ; RHYME ; SONG ; VERSE ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 03-00-1968

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BELIEF--DAILY LIFE

IF THE SUNSET IS CLEAR ON FRIDAY NIGHT, THERE WILL BE A STORM
BEFORE SUNDAY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER FATHER.

Where learned: INDIANA ; Hudson Lake

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 11-23-1967

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MARRIAGE

IF IT RAINS 3 DAYS BEFORE THE WEDDING, THE COUPLE WILL HAVE
3 CHILDREN. 4 DAYS, 4 CHILDREN. THIS ONLY WORKS A WEEK BEFORE.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
686 Fourths / Quarters
686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
Observation
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Marriage Superstition about good weather
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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IF IT RAINED WHEN A PERSON DIED, IT MEANT THAT THE ANGELS WERE
CRYING FOR HIM AND HE WENT TO HEAVEN.

Submitter comment:

THIS WAS TOLD TO INFORMANT WHEN HE WAS 10 YEARS OLD, BY HIS
PARENTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE FARMS

James Callow Keyword(s): TEARS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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ANGELS

RAIN MEANS THE ANGELS ARE TAKING A SHOWER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

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ANGELS

SNOW MEANS THE ANGELS ARE HAVING A PILLOW FIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 04-01-1968

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BIRDS

IF YOU HEAR A BIRD SINGING IN THE RAIN, IT MEANS THAT THE RAIN WILL
STOP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 04-05-1970

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WEATHER BELIEF

DON'T STEP ON AN ANT. IT WILL RAIN TOMMORROW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 02-17-1970

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RAIN BELIEF

IF YOU STEP ON AN ANT, IT WILL RAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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DEVIL WORKING

IF THE SUN COMES OUT WHILE IT IS RAINING, IT MEANS THE DEVIL IS
BEATING HIS WIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PUNISHMENT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 11-17-1969

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SUN DURING RAIN LEGEND

WHEN IT RAINS AND THE SUN IS STILL SHINING, THEY SAY THAT THE
DEVIL IS FIGHTING WITH HIS WIFE, JESABELL, FOR POTCAKE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 01-26-1972

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IF THE SUN SHINES WHILE IT IS RAINING, THAT MEANS THAT THE
DEVIL IS WHIPPING HIS WIFE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IN CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 01-26-1971

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DRY MARCH AND WET MAY WILL BRING A FLOURISHING
HARVEST OF (RYE) GRAIN.
MARZEC SUCHU, A MOKRY MAJ-ZYTO JAKO GAJ. (POLISH ASSUMED)

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon
PROVERB -- Weather Proverb

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WEATHER PROVERB

BLUE MIST IN THE FOREST MEANS RAIN.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER MOTHER

James Callow comment: NOT A PROVERB

Where learned: HOLDEN HALL

Keyword(s): COLOR ; COSMOS ; WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
PROVERB -- Weather Proverb

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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WEATHER BELIEF

AS A YOUNG BOY IN CANADA, I WAS ALWAYS TOLD BY MY MOTHER,
THAT I SHOULD NEVER KILL A SPIDER. SHE SAID THAT IF I DID
IT WOULD RAIN ALL DAY, AND SPOIL MY FUN.

Submitter comment:

I GUESS SHE JUST DIDN:T LIKE ME TO KILL SPIDERS.

Where learned: CANADA ; MONTREAL

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; FUNCTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: MANY YEARS AGO

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RAINBOW BELIEF

IF YOU SEE A RAINBOW AND WALK TO THE END OF IT, YOU WILL
FIND A POT OF GOLD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 11-00-1969

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WEDDING BELIEF

IN SMALL ITALIAN CITIES IT IS CONSIDERED
GOOD LUCK TO HAVE RAIN ON YOUR WEDDING DAY. IN LARGER ITALIAN
CITIES IT IS CONSIERED BAD LUCK WHEN IT RAINS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Superstition about good weather
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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