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IF THE WIND BLOWS OUT OF THE SOUTH WHEN YOU ARE FISHING, IT WILL
BLOW THE HOOK INTO THE FISH'S MOUTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal P477.8
BELIEF -- Use of Object Manufactured objects, homemade, machined
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 10-01-1968

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FISHING BELIEF

DO NOT GO FISHING IN THE RAIN OR AFTER RAIN OR IN THE MOONLIGHT
OR WHEN THERE IS AN EAST WIND, BECAUSE FISH WILL NOT BITE UNDER
ANY OF THESE CONDITIONS.

Submitter comment: THESE PEOPLE ARE EXPERT FISHERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 02-10-1970

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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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HOME PROTECTION BELIEF IN STORM

IT IS A COMMON PRACTICE IN NEWFOUNDLAND IN CATHOLIC HOMES
TO LIGHT CANDLES AND TURN OFF ELECTRICITY TO PROTECT THE HOME
AGAINST STORMS.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT'S MOTHER STILL DOES THIS, BUT THE INFORMANT
DOES NOT THINK THAT THERE IS ANYTHING TO THE PRACTICE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DISBELIEF

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 11-00-1971

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HOME STORM PROTECTION

WHENEVER A STORM WOULD ARISE MY GRANDMOTHER WOULD PUT
A BLESSED PALM IN THE WINDOW TO PREVENT LIGHTNING FROM STRIKING
THE HOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PLANT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

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HOME STORM PROTECTION

DURING A STORM, YOU SHOULD LIGHT BLESSED CANDLES. THIS WILL
PROTECT THE HOUSE FROM LIGHTNING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 01-30-1971

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BARN STORM PROTECTION BELIEF

IT IS AN OLD BELIEF AMONG FARMERS THAT IT IS BENEFICIAL
TO ALLOW BARN SWALLOWS TO BUILD NESTS IN YOUR BARN.
BECAUSE LIGHTNING WILL NEVER STRIKE A BARN WHERE BARN SWALLOWS
LIVE.

Where learned: OHIO ; AMHERST

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 07-00-1962

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HOME STORM PROTECTION BELIEF

INFORMANT'S MOTHER ALWAYS LIGHTS A CANDLE DURING A
THUNDERSTORM TO PROTECT THE HOUSE FROM LIGHTNING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 10-08-1971

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WEATHER BELIEF

INFORMANT'S MOTHER WOULD LEAVE THE FRONT DOOR OPEN
WHEN IT WAS LIGHTNING BECAUSE IF THE LIGHTNING STRUCK THE HOUSE,
IT WOULD GO OUT THE FRONT DOOR. IF THE DOOR WAS CLOSED,
THE LIGHTNING WOULD CREATE A VACUUM, AND DRAW ALL THE AIR OUT
OF THE HOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 02-10-1970

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STORM BELIEF

WHEN IT THUNDERS AND LIGHTINGS, GOD IS ANGRY WITH HIS PEOPLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): LIGHTNING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creator
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

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STORM BELIEF

PRAY WHEN IT THUNDERS, AND IT WILL NOT HARM YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 01-22-1970

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STORM BELIEF

WHEN IT IS LIGHTNING, JESUS IS TAKING YOUR PICTURE SO YOU SHOULD
SMILE, WHEN IT THUNDERS, HENRY HUDSON AND HIS MEN ARE BOWLING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creator
BELIEF -- Secular hero
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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STORM PROTECTION BELIEF

IN CLYMER, PENNSYLVANIA, WHEN A BIG STORM COMES ABOUT, THE PEOPLE
THERE SHUT OFF THEIR LIGHTS, LIGHT CANDLES, TAKE OFF THEIR SHOES,
AND SIT IN ONE ROOM IN ORDER THAT THEIR HOMES WOULD BE SPARED
FROM THE LIGHTNING BOLTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HAMTRAMCK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 09-14-1969

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LIGHTNING KILLS

OUT ON MY GRANDPARENTS' HOME THERE WAS A SPOT ON THE WOODWORK THAT
MANY YEARS BEFORE THE FIRST OWNER WAS SITTING AT THE WINDOW DURING

James Callow comment:

INCOMPLETE ITEM

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: CHILDHOOD

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GOD IS MOVING THE FURNITURE WHEN IT THUNDERS! 'GOD'S MOVING
THE FURNITURE.'

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.2
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: CHILDHOOD

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STORM EXPLANATION

BELIEF, BELEIVED STRONGLY BY MY INFORMANT'S MOTHER IN KENTUCKY
'DONT PLAY A STRINGED INSTRUMENT DURING A STORM, IT'LL DRAW
LIGHTNING.'

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Musical instrument
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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THUNDER AND LIGHTENING

IF IT IS THUNDERING AND LIGHTNING WHILE THE SUN IS SHINING, THE
DEVIL IS BEATING HIS WIFE WITH A HAM OF MEAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 02-27-1972

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WEATHER BELIEF

WHEN IT THUNDERS IT MEANS THE ANGELS ARE HOUSECLEANING. IT MAY
ALSO MEAN THAT THEY ARE BOWLING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 02-01-1972

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STORM PROTECTION

IT IS A TRADITION IN SOME PEOPLE'S HOMES TO LIGHT A HOLY CANDLE
SO THAT THE HOUSE WILL NOT BE HIT BY LIGHTNING.
DURING A THUNDERSTORM

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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