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VEGETABLES BELIEF

EAT VEGETABLES AND YOU WILL SLEEP LESS BUT WILL FEEL BETTER.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Consume ; CUSTOM ; Eat ; Old Wives Tale ; SLEEP ; SUPERSTITION ; VEGETABLE

James Callow Keyword(s): PLANT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-02-1971

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SPINACH BELIEF

EATING SPINACH WILL MAKE YOU STRONG.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Consume ; FOOD ; Spinach ; STRENGTH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-13-1968

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SUPERSTITION PERTAINING TO WOMEN AND CHICKEN

A WOMAN MUST NOT EAT CHICKEN LEST HER CHILDREN BECOME
FLIGHTY HEARTED LIKE THE BIRDS. THIS ABSTINENCE IS REQUIRED
THROUGHOUT HER ENTIRE LIFE NOT JUST DURING PREGNANCY.

Submitter comment:

THE SUPERSTITION IS PROPER TO THE BATOORO TRIBE OF ABOUT
100,000 PEOPLE IN UGANDA. THE SUPERSTITION IS DYING OUT
WITH INCREASED EDUCATION.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Batooro Tribe ; BEHAVIOR ; Chicken ; CHILD ; CHILDREN ; Consume ; Eat ; Fetus ; Flighty ; FOOD ; MOTHER ; PREGNANCY ; SUPERSTITION ; Uganda ; Woman

James Callow Keyword(s): AFRICA ; ANIMAL ; HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC ; SEXISM

Subject headings: Daily Life
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
Food Drink -- Meat Bird Poultry

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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( ANIMAL BELIEF )

IF YOU ATE AN ANIMAL RAW, YOU COULD NEVER GET THE BLOOD OFF.

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The collector has written ["To Kill a Mockingbird," Harper Lee] on the card.

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Where learned: ALABAMA

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; BLOOD ; Clean ; Consume ; Eat ; FOOD ; meat ; Raw

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat
BELIEF -- Home

Date learned: UNKNOWN

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TEA BELIEF

IF YOU PICK UP THE BUBBLES IN A CUP OF TEA BEFORE YOU
DRINK IT, YOU
WILL GET RICH.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Beverage ; Bubbles ; Consume ; DRINK ; FOOD ; fortune ; Rich ; SUPERSTITION ; TEA

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Brew of leaf, bark, root
BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 01-30-1968

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BELIEF

OLIVES AND EGGS ARE PASSION FRUITS.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): APHRODISIAC ; Consume ; Consumption ; Eat ; Eggs ; FOOD ; Olives ; Passion

James Callow Keyword(s): APHRODISIACS

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food
Food Drink -- Animal product Egg
BELIEF -- Home

Date learned: 10-01-1965

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VEGETABLES BELIEF

EAT VEGETABLES AND YOU WILL SLEEP LESS BUT WILL FEEL BETTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; E313

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Consume ; CUSTOM ; Eat ; Old Wives Tale ; SLEEP ; SUPERSTITION ; VEGETABLE

James Callow Keyword(s): PLANT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-02-1971

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SUPERSTITION FOR GOOD LUCK

IN ORDER TO ENSURE GOOD LUCK FOR THE COMING YEAR YOU SHOULD EAT
CABBAGE FOR DINNER ON NEW YEAR'S DAY.

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Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): Cabbage ; Consume ; CUSTOM ; FOOD ; LUCK ; Meal ; New Years ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Good luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

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THE RESPONDENT'S NEIGHBOR ATE DIRT "BY THE GALLON"
WHILE PREGNANT. WHEN HER CHILD WAS BORN, SHE CARRIED DIRT
COLORED SPLOTCHES ON HER BACK AND ABDOMEN.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): Ate ; BELIEF ; Birthmark ; CHILDBEARING ; Consumed ; Dirt ; OMEN ; PREGNANCY ; Splotches

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic
Food Drink -- Food N200.542
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 -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 06-06-1973

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EATING ROOTED VEGETABLES--POTATOES, CARROTS--WILL KILL A
NEW MOTHER.

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Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Carrots ; Consume ; DEATH ; Eat ; FOOD ; Kill ; Mom ; MOTHER ; New ; Potatoes ; PREGNANCY ; Root ; VEGETABLES

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

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SHOULD A PREGNANT OR A NEW MOTHER EAT MUSTARD GREENS
BEFORE HER CHILD IS TWO MONTHS OLD SHE WILL DIE.

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Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): AGE ; BABY ; BELIEF ; Consume ; DEATH ; Die ; Eat ; FOOD ; Greens ; infant ; Kill ; Mom ; Mom ; MONTHS ; MOTHER ; Mustard ; Mustard Greens ; PREGNANCY ; Two

James Callow Keyword(s): AGE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 06-10-1973

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IF A WOMAN EATS CATFISH BEFORE HER BABY IS TWO MONTHS
OLD SHE WILL DIE.

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Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): AGE ; BABY ; BELIEF ; Catfish ; Consume ; DEATH ; Die ; Eat ; FISH ; FOOD ; infant ; Kill ; Mom ; MONTHS ; MOTHER ; PREGNANCY ; Two

James Callow Keyword(s): AGE

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
Food Drink -- Meat Fish and other animal life related to water
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 04-15-1973

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IF A NEW MOTHER EATS FISH BEFORE THE BABY IS AT LEAST
THREE MONTHS OLD SHE WILL DIE.

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Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI ; Deovelente Road

Keyword(s): BABY ; BELIEF ; Consume ; DEATH ; Die ; Eat ; FISH ; FOOD ; infant ; Kill ; Mom ; MOTHER ; PREGNANCY

James Callow Keyword(s): AGE

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Food Drink -- Meat Fish and other animal life related to water
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

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DRINKING A LARGE AMOUNT OF COLD WATER IMMEDIATELY AFTER
DELIVERY WILL MAKE A WOMAN'S STOMACH LARGE.

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Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI ; Deovelente Road

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Child Birth ; Cold ; Consume ; Delivery ; DRINK ; Labor ; PREGNANCY ; SIZE ; STOMACH ; TEMPERATURE ; WATER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of space: distance, height, depth
BELIEF -- Measure of quantity or weight Liquid
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 06-21-1973

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AN EXCESSIVE AMOUNT OF SPICED OR VERY HOT (HIGHLY
SEASONED WITH PEPPER) FOODS WILL BLIND THE UNBORN BABY.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BABY ; BELIEF ; Consume ; Consumption ; Eat ; FOOD ; Newborn ; Pepper ; PREGNANCY ; Spicy ; TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of quantity or weight
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 08-20-1973

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EATING TOO MANY STARCHY FOODS WILL MAKE LABOR DIFFICULT.

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Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Consume ; FOOD ; Labor ; PREGNANCY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 08-18-1973

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EATING RED CLAY DIRT WILL DAMAGE THE BABY'S EYESIGHT AND
MAKE HIM DIRTY AT DELIVERY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; BLIND ; Clay ; Consume ; Dirt ; Eat ; PREGNANCY ; Red

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 08-18-1973

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Play on Words

Sermon Using Names of Soaps and Detergents

Are you SOFT SOAPING God? DUZ you DRIFT along with the TIDE? VEL now is the time to CHEER up. If you want real JOY, the TREND is to BREEZE to church regularly on Sunday mornings. But too many WOODBURY their heads in a pillow and remain in bed or work in their yard to make it sparkle, forgetting that the Lord's Day is made for LESTOIL.

 

 

But where the Lord is given foremost consideration a DOVE will never have to send an S.O.S.. Don't trust LUX chances by neglecting our worship together.

Maybe we ought to DIAL you and remind you of those IVORY palaces up yonder. This is not just silly BAB-O. Worship is intended to add to your LIFEBOUY, so why not be faithful and WISK yourself out of bed early Sunday. Dress up SPIC'N'SPAN, DASH like a COMET to God's house of prayer. DRAISE to God, you'll get a wonderful KLENZER for your soul. PLEDGE yourself and PRIDE of conscience will be yours. Life will be full of ZEST.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [B644, B667] crossed out and replaced with S570.

Original title [STORY Using Names of Soaps and Detergents] is modified to read SERMON Using Names of Soaps and Detergents.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ADVERTISING ; Anecdote ; Cleanser ; Consumerism ; Domesticity ; HOME, DOMESTIC PURSUITS ; HOUSECLEANING ; PARODY ; Sermon ; Soap

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Superstition: Animals

If a household lizard falls into the soup and the soup is accidently eaten, the person will develop scales on his body.

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Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P800] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; BELIEF ; Consume ; CURSE ; Eat ; FOOD ; Lizard ; PET ; REPTILE ; Soup ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

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Belief: Animal

How Snakes Eat Eggs:

The snake, which has no teeth with which to chew, will swallow an egg whole, climb a tree, and then fall out of it to break the egg.

Submitter comment:

Informant was told this by the family's cleaning woman who firmly believed it to be true.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): Consume ; Egg ; FOOD ; Hunt ; Prey ; Serpent ; Snake ; Tree

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
BELIEF -- Animal

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