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SPIRIT TABLE

AN INDIAN BELIEF- WE HAVE A TABLE THAT ATTRACTS DEAD SOULS, THERE ARE
MARKINGS ON IT WHICH SPIRITS USE TO COMMUNICATE WITH A MEDIUM.
HANDS ARE PLACED ON THE TABLE. A MEDIUM ISN'T NECESSARY, BUT
INFORMANT WAS AFRAID HIMSELF. SPIRITS ARE LIKE THE 5 ELEMENTS, FIRE
EARTH WATER WIND AND LIGHT-- LIKE VARIOUS GASES ALL WANDERING
AROUND ETERNALLY, LIKE THE ELEMENTS, IT IS POSSIBLE TO BRING
SOULS TO CAPTURE SOULS.

Submitter comment: SKETCH ON CARD IN ARCHIVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBEES

Subject headings: 686 Fifths
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Custom
BELIEF -- Word Letter
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure
BELIEF -- Use of Object
SPEECH -- Extra Corporal Means of Communication

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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MAGIC

IN MEXICO IT IS POSSIBLE TO TALK WITH THE DEAD IF YOU USE A
OUIJA TABLE. IT IS EASIER FOR SOME PEOPLE TO DO THIS THAN OTHERS.
YOU PLACE YOUR HANDS ON THE TABLE AND THE SPIRITS OF THE DEAD WILL
COMMUNICATE WITH YOU, AND VERY OFTEN ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS.
THEY ALSO MAY TELL OF FUTURE EVENTS. THEY DO THIS BY MOVING
YOUR HANDS ON THE TABLE IN SUCH A WAY THAT THE ANSWER OR INFORMATION
IS SPELLED OUT FOR YOU. PEOPLE WHO ARE LONELY USE THESE TABLES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Custom
BELIEF -- Word Letter
SPEECH -- Extra Corporal Means of Communication

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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HAPPY SPIRIT

THE RUSSIANS BELIEVE THAT WHEN SOMEONE DIES, THEIR
SPIRIT WILL COME BACK AND LET THE FAMILY KNOW THEY ARE HAPPY.
THEY WILL RAP TWICE ON THE FAMILY'S DOOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
SPEECH -- Extra Corporal Means of Communication

Date learned: 01-00-1968

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GHOST STORY

IN WHISKEY HOLLOW NEW YORK, A CERTAIN MAN WAS ARRESTED AND
PLACED IN THE LOCAL JAIL. (REASON UNKNOWN) HE WAS LEFT THERE
AND EVERYONE FORGOT ABOUT HIM. HE FINALLY DIED THERE. SOON AFTER
PEOPLE BEGAN TO SEE HIS GHOST CALLING TO BE LET OUT. EVEN TODAY
PARENTS WARN THEIR CHILDREN TO BEWARE THE GHOST OF WHISKEY HOLLOW.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
SPEECH -- Extra Corporal Means of Communication

Date learned: 10-14-1970

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SUPERSTITION

IF YOU BURY A PERSON WITHOUT SHOES, THEY WILL COME BACK AND
HAUNT YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
SPEECH -- Extra Corporal Means of Communication

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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GHOST LEGEND

THERE PERSISTS A LEGEND IN MACEDONIAN CULTURE THAT IF A
PERSON DIES THEN WITHIN 24 HOURS OF DEATH, THE GHOST OF THE
DECEASED WILL APPEAR TO SOME MEMBER OF THE FAMILY.

Submitter comment: JAMES LEARNED THIS FROM HIS PARENTS.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
SPEECH -- Extra Corporal Means of Communication

Date learned: 10-10-1967

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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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CEMETERY STATUE

THERE IS A CEMETERY IN WILMENDING, PENNSYLVANIA WITH A SIX
FOOT STATUE OF A GIRL DRESSED IN A LONG FLOWING ROBE.
SHE IS CARRYING AN ARMFUL OF BOOKS FOR SCHOOL. THE HISTORY OF
THIS FIGURE IS A STORY THAT GOES LIKE THIS: THE GIRL WAS
COMING HOME FROM SCHOOL WHEN SHE WAS ATTACKED AND RAPED
AND KILLED BY TWO HOODLUMS, ON THE DAY OF HER BIRTHDAY.
HER PARENTS HAD A STATUE MADE OF HER AT THE TIME SHE WAS
KILLED AND PLACED ON HER GRAVE. BECAUSE SHE WAS A VIRGIN AT
THE TIME OF DEATH, IT IS BELIEVED THAT ANYONE GOING TO THE
CEMETERY IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT, WHO DARES TO WALK THE LONELY
WALK UP TO THE STATUE, AND TOUCH IT, WILL DISCOVER IF THEY ARE
A VIRGIN. A VIRGIN WILL RECEIVE NO HARM FROM THE STATUE, BUT
A NON-VIRGIN WILL RECEIVE A CUT AND CONSEQUENTLY BLEED FROM
TOUCHING THE GARMENT OF
THE STATUE. IN ADDITION ON THE EVE OF HER BIRTHDAY, THE
STATUE IS BELIEVED TO COME ALIVE AND WALK THE CEMETERY LOOKING
FOR HER MURDERERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MELVINDALE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Use of Object
SPEECH -- Extra Corporal Means of Communication

Date learned: 10-15-1965

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THE SPIRIT WATCHES

IN SMALL VILLAGES OF THAILAND, IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE SPIRIT
OF SOME NATIVE OF THAT TOWN STILL WATCHES OVER IT, PROTECTING
THE TOWN FROM EVIL, THE SPIRIT MAKES HIMSELF KNOWN BY
APPEARING TO A FEW OF THE VILLAGERS, MAKING HIS AUTHENTICITY BY
TELLING THE VILLAGERS THEIR LIFE HISTORY IN ITS' ENTIRETY.
THIS HAS ACTUALLY HAPPENED IN MANY CASES, AND NO EXPLANATION
CAN BE GIVEN OF A NATURAL SORT.

Where learned: THAILAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
SPEECH -- Extra Corporal Means of Communication

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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SUPERSTITION

WHEN ONE HEARS NOISES THREE DAYS AFTER BURYING A LOVED ONE
IT MEANS HIS SPIRIT CAME BACK TO THANK THE FAMILY FOR ALL
THAT IT HAD DONE.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBER

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Use of Object
SPEECH -- Extra Corporal Means of Communication

Date learned: 10-22-1968

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SIGNS OF GHOSTS

IF YOU SEE LIGHTS MOVING ABOUT AND THEY DISAPPEAR WHEN YOU
APPROACH, IT WAS A GHOST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOL

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Extra Corporal Means of Communication

Date learned: 09-25-1969

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SIGNS OF GHOSTS

LIGHTS MOVING IN THE GRAVEYARD ARE GHOSTS FOR SURE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
SPEECH -- Extra Corporal Means of Communication

Date learned: 09-25-1969

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SIGNS OF GHOSTS

IF YOU ARE WALKING ACROSS A ROAD LATE AT NIGHT AND HAPPEN TO
HEAR A STICK BREAK, IT WAS A GHOST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
SPEECH -- Extra Corporal Means of Communication

Date learned: 09-25-1969

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SIGNS OF GHOSTS

IF YOU ARE WALKING ON A ROAD AT NIGHT AND STEP ONTO A CURRENT
OF HOT AIR, YOU HAVE JUST WALKED INTO A GHOST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
SPEECH -- Extra Corporal Means of Communication

Date learned: 09-25-1969

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SIGNS OF GHOSTS

A TINY WHIRLPOOL OF DUST IS A SIGN OF A GHOST PASSING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOL

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Extra Corporal Means of Communication

Date learned: 09-25-1969

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SUPERSTITION

NEVER TRY TO GET IN TOUCH WITH SPIRITS BECAUSE THEY WILL
COME BACK AND TRY TO GET YOU TO DO WHAT THEY COULD NOT GET YOU
TO DO IN THE FIRST PLACE.

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Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Control ; GHOST ; SPIRIT ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
SPEECH -- Extra Corporal Means of Communication

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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SPANISH BELIEF ABOUT DECEASED

WHEN A PERSON DIES HIS SPIRIT, WALKS THE EARTH FOR 9 DAYS AND
STAYS WITH LOVED ONES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBER

Subject headings: 686 Ninths / Nine
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
SPEECH -- Extra Corporal Means of Communication

Date learned: 02-22-1972

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SPIRTIUAL BELIEF

EVERYONE HAS THEIR OWN SPIRIT AND IT WILL TALK TO HIM THROUGH
THE OUIJA BOARD.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
SPEECH -- Extra Corporal Means of Communication

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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BRUISES

IF YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING AND YOU ARE ALL COVERED WITH
BRUISES, IT MEANS THAT A DEAD PERSON HAS TOUCHED YOU IN THE NIGHT.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
SPEECH -- Extra Corporal Means of Communication

Date learned: 03-31-1968

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ROOSTER BELIEF

EARLY IN THE MORNING, BEFORE TWILIGHT, YOU MAY SMELL SOMETHING
PECULIAR IN THE AIR-THIS IS THE SMELL OF JUDAS WHEN HE DIED.
HE BETRAYED CHRIST WITH THE KISS IN EARLY MORNING.

Where learned: KALAMAZOO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire
SPEECH -- Extra Corporal Means of Communication

Date learned: 02-18-1971

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