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Ethnic:Hawaiian

WHEN TRAVELERS LEAVE HAWAII, THEY THROW THEIR LEIS
OVER THE SIDE OF THE SHIP. IF IT FLOATS TO SHORE THEY WILL
RETURN, IF IT FLOATS TO SEA, THEY WILL NEVER
RETURN.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CUSTOM ; ETHNIC ; Float ; FLOWERS ; Garland ; Hawaii ; Hawaiian ; Lei ; Lore ; Ocean ; SEA ; Ship

James Callow Keyword(s): FLOWERS ; Garland ; Lei ; NECK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 03-19-1968

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CUSTOM

WHEN MY FATHER DIED MY BROTHERS AND I HAD OUR TIES CUT BY THE RABBI.
THIS IS THE ONLY CUSTOM CONNECTED WITH ANY OF THE CHILDREN--ONLY THE
SONS. I THINK IT IS SUPPOSED TO SYMBOLIZE THE BREAKING OF THE FATHER
AND SON RELATIONSHIP, OR A SEPARATION OF A FATHERS' DEATH FROM HIS
SON'S LIVES. AFTERWARDS, YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO KEEP WHAT'S LEFT OF YOUR
TIE AND WEAR IT PINNED INSIDE OF YOUR SHIRT ON THE LEFT SIDE FOR A
YEAR.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A JEWISH CUSTOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTORS HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): NECKTIES ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Overall body coverUpper body and arms

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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Love

There was a little girl who lived all alone, her parents were
dead. All she had was a dog named Love. One day a murderer
broke into her house and said the only way he would let her
live is if she can think of a riddle that he could not guess.
She had three days to come up with the riddle. The man then
left. The girl thought and thought and thought. She stroked
her dog and rocked in her chair. On the third day the man
returned. The little girl had on a pair of gloves, a pair of
boots and a thick pair of pants. This was her riddle.
Love I sit
Love I stand
Love I hold, in my right hand.
I can see Love,
But Love can't see me.
If you can unriddle this,
You can hang me.
The man thought and thought and thought. The girl rocked and
rocked and rocked. Finally the man left, he could not figure
out the riddle. He never returned again and the girl spared
her life. The answer to the riddle was she had cut up her
dog. She placed a piece of the dog named Love under her
bottom as she sat in the chair. She placed another piece of
the dog in her boot and still another in her glove of her
right hand. She could still see the dog, but it, being dead,
could not see her.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; Sparta

James Callow Keyword(s): neck riddle

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ordinary Tale

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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HAWAIIAN CUSTOM

WHILE LIVING IN HAWAII, I LEARNED OF A CHARMING CUSTOM.
IT IS THE CUSTOM IN HAWAII FOR PEOPLE LEAVING THE
ISLANDS TO THROW A LEI OVERBOARD (OF COURSE THEY
MUST BE ON A SHIP). IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE PERSON
WILL RETURN SOMEDAY IF HIS LEI IS CARRIED BY THE
CURRENT BACK TO SHORE, BUT IF THE LEI IS CARRIED OUT
TO SEA HE IS DOOMED NEVER TO RETURN. THIS CUSTOM
DATES BACK TO THE TIMES WHEN THE HAWAIIAN WARRIORS
WOULD LEAVE THEIR PARTICULAR ISLAND TO VENTURE TO
ANOTHER ISLAND IN THEIR PRIMITIVE OUTRIGGERS. THE
WARRIORS WOULD ALL THROW A LEI OVERBOARD WITH THE
BELIEF THAT THE GODS WOULD PROTECT THEM IF THEIR LEI
RETURNED TO SHORE BUT THEY WOULD NEVER RETURN IF THEIR
LEI WENT OUT TO SEA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): LEI=GARLAND MADE OF FLOWERS, USUALLY WORN AROUND THE NECK.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object Plant

Date learned: 03-30-1968

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PUT ASPHIDITY INTO SMALL CLOTH BAGS AND HANG FROM THE NECK.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; COOKEVILLE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; Asphidity ; Bag ; Cloth ; CURE ; NECK ; Necklace ; REMEDY ; talisman

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

Date learned: 07-01-1973

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SORE THROAT CURE:
MIX LARD AND TURPENTINE AND APPLY TO NECK

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; COOKEVILLE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; Application ; Balm ; CURE ; Lard ; NECK ; REMEDY ; Sore Throat ; Turpentine

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 07-01-1973

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REMEDY FOR SUNSTROKE:
WRAP A WET CLOTH BANDAGE OVER THE HEAD; WET ANOTHER
CLOTH, FOLDED SMALL, SQUARE, COVER IT THICKLY WITH
SALT AND BIND IT ON THE BACK OF THE NECK; APPLY DRY
SALT BEHIND THE EARS. PUT MUSTARD PLASTERS TO THE
CALVES OF THE LEGS AND SOLES OF THE FEET.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BANDAGE ; Cloth ; CURE ; FEET ; Mustard ; NECK ; REMEDY ; Salt ; Sunstroke

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 07-09-1973

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Vocabulary

Grandma's Black Beads = lines of dirt formed on the neck

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Keyword(s): Beads ; Black ; Dirt ; Grandma ; Language ; NECK ; Nickname ; Saying ; SLANG ; Term

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary

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