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PURPOSE OF CON (OF FISH)SUMPTION

FISH IS BRAINFOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MENTAL NOURISHMENT AND HEALTH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 03-05-1970

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BLESSED WATER

RAIN WATER COLLECTED DURING EASTER WEEK WILL CURE RHEUMATISM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HEALTH

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting F663.30
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 03-10-1968

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BELIEF: (MEDICAL)

IF ON EASTER MORNING YOU GO TO A RIVER FOR WATER, AND NEVER
LOOK SIDEWAYS OR BACKWARDS OR SPEAK TO ANYONE, AND MAKE IT BACK
HOME BEFORE SUNRISE, YOU WILL HAVE HEALING WATER TO USE FOR A
WHOLE YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; NATIONAL MANUFACTURING COMPANY

Keyword(s): HEALTH ; WATER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 10-31-1969

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CURING WARTS

BATHING THE HANDS IN RUNNING WATER EARLY EASTER SUNDAY MORNING WILL
CURE WARTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HEALTH ; WATER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 02-28-1970

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"BREAKING THE OPIATKEJ"

DURING THE HOLIDAYS OF CHRISTMAS AND EASTER, AN EMBOSSED PIECE OF
UNLEAVENED BREAD IS PASSED AROUND THE DINNER TABLE. EACH MEMBER,
STARTING WITH THE HEAD OF THE FAMILY, BREAKS OFF A PARTICLE AND
PARTAKES OF IT. THE OPIATKEJ IS SUPPOSED TO BRING GOOD LUCK AND
WELL-BEING TO THE FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FAMILY UNITY ; FOOD CUSTOM ; HEALTH ; LUCK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

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EASTER MONDAY

THE DAY AFTER EASTER WAS CALLED "DYNGUS DAY" OR "SWITCHING DAY."
THE MONDAY AFTER EASTER THE BOYS WOULD SWITCH THE GIRLS OR IN OTHER
WORDS THEY WOULD HIT THEM ON THE LEGS WITH A SWITCH OR A PIECE OF
STICK. IF THE BOY CAUGHT YOU AND SWITCHED YOU, YOU HAD TO GIVE HIM
SOME CANDY OR AN APPLE OR HERE IN AMERICA SOME MONEY. THE NEXT
DAY, TUESDAY, IT WAS THE GIRL'S TURN TO SWITCH THE BOYS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; informant's home

Keyword(s): DYNGUS DAY ; EASTER GIFTS ; FOOD CUSTOM ; HEALTH ; REVENGE ; RITUAL WHIPPING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Tuesday Revenge Day

Date learned: 03-11-1970

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YUGOSLAVIAN EASTER CUSTOM

ON EASTER MONDAY, CROATIAN CHILDREN WOULD GO FROM HOUSE TO HOUSE
CARRYING AN ORANGE, AND THEIR NEIGHBORS WOULD STICK DIMES OR NICKELS
INTO THE ORANGE FOR GOOD HEALTH.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname and residence.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; informant's home

Keyword(s): BEGGING ; EASTER GIFTS ; FOOD CUSTOM ; HEALTH

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: (VARIOUS DATES)

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CRAFT DESIGN

WHEN UKRAINIANS DECORATE THEIR EASTER EGGS, THEY USE
THE FIGURE OF THE PINE TREE TO SYMBOLIZE ETERNAL YOUTH AND GOOD
HEALTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HEALTH

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 03-08-1971

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HE HAS ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE AND THE OTHER ON A BANANA PEEL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): FRUIT ; HEALTH ; IMMINENCE OF DEATH ; METAPHOR CONTRAST OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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DYING

HE'S WALKING SLOW, BUT HE'S GOING FAST.

Submitter comment: WHEN A MAN IS IN THE HOSPITAL IS FAILING AND DYING FAST THE IRISH
SAY THIS.
JUDY LEARNED THIS FROM THE IRISH INTERNS WHEN SHE WAS WORKING AT
MOUNT CARMEL HOSPITAL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): HEALTH ; METAPHOR PROVERBIAL PHRASE DEATH OBSERVATION

Subject headings: Favorites
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

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PROVERB

HE WHO DRINKS MUCH WATER AFTER MEALS WILL NEVER SUFFER FROM STOMACH
TROUBLE

Submitter comment: HEARD IT FROM HER FATHER AS A CHILD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HEALTH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 07-13-1964

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DIET

FIVE POUNDS CAN BE LOST IN THREE DAYS BY EATING HARD
BOILED EGGS AND DRINKING WATER.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT FOUND THIS ABSURD.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; DIET ; HEALTH ; WEIGHT ; Weightloss

James Callow Keyword(s): DISBELIEF

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 10-11-1971

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SUPERSTITION

IF ONE SNEEZES ON CHRISTMAS HE WILL BE WELL ALL YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HEALTH PREDICTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Predictions

Date learned: 11-22-1968

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PROVERB

FOR EVERY MILE YOU WALK, IT ADDS A DAY ONTO YOUR LIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HEALTH

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-17-1969

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FISH IS BRAIN FOOD, THE MORE YOU EAT, THE MORE INTELLIGENT YOU WILL
BE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; DIET ; FISH ; HEALTH ; Nutrition ; Smart

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fish

Date learned: CA00001915

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PAINS IN THE SIDE ARE MOST PROMPTLY RELIEVED BY THE
APPLICATION OF MUSTARD.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; CURE ; HEALTH ; Mustard ; PAIN ; REMEDY ; Side

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 07-09-1973

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BEE STING OR WASP CURE:
BIND OR COMMON BAKING SODA DAMPENED WITH WATER OR MIX
COMMON EARTH WITH WATER TO ABOUT THE CONSISTENCY OF MUD.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; Baking Soda ; Bee ; CURE ; HEALTH ; REMEDY ; Sting ; Wasp

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 07-09-1973

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Superstition

Superstition:

That warts come from handling frogs

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P880.440] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AMPHIBIAN ; ANIMAL ; BELIEF ; CURE ; Fallacy ; FROG ; HEALTH ; ILLNESS ; MEDICINE ; SUPERSTITION ; Touching tabu ; Warts

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

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Maxim

Early to Bed:

Early to Bed, early to rise,

makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

Submitter comment:

Heard this when I was a child.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Dup. of WPP

Keyword(s): Awake ; HEALTH ; Lifestyle ; Maxim ; SLEEP ; WEALTH ; WISDOM

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

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