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TOOTHACHE CURE
THE GERMANS BORE A HOLE IN A TREE AND CHEW, WHILE STANDING NEAR THE
TREE, A PIECE OF BREAD WITH THE AILING TOOTH; ONE-HALF OF THE BREAD
IS SWALLOWED, THE OTHER HALF IS PLUGGED INTO THE HOLE, DURING
WHICH PROCEDURE THE PATIENT SAYS? 'TREE, I GIVE THEE ONE-HALF
OF WHAT I POSSESS; TAKE FROM ME ALL OF MY PAIN AND CONDUCT IT TO
THE GROUND.'

Submitter comment: THIS TOOTHACE CURE WAS TOLD TO ME BY A FORMER NEIGHBOR WHO WAS A
NATIVE OF VIRGINIA AND OF GERMAN BACKGROUND. SHE HAS SINCE
MOVED BACK TO THE SOUTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PLUGGING ; TRANSFERENCE

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

Date learned: 00001930S

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WHEN SHE WOULD GET A SEVERE BACKACHE, SHE WOULD SEND HER SON OUT TO
THE RAINBARREL TO GET A FROG. THEN HER SON WOULD PUT THE FROG IN
HER GIRDLE (SHE WAS TINY AND WORE A GIRDLE FOR BACK SUPPORT.).
WHEREVER THE PAIN WAS THE FROG WOULD GO AND IT WOULD SET RIGHT
WHERE THE PAIN WAS. WHEN THE FROG DIED THE PAIN WAS GONE.
IT TOOK ABOUT 15 MINUTES FOR THE FROG TO DIE.

Data entry tech comment: ONE PARENTHESIS ADDED BY KEYPUNCHER

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONTAGIOUS MAGIC ; TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 02-22-1967

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BACKACHE REMEDY (ITALIAN)

TAKE A PIECE OF CLOTH, PUT A HALF DOLLAR IN IT.
LAY ON YOUR STOMACH, SOMEONE RUBS YOUR BACK.
LIGHT THE CLOTH ON THE PERSON'S BACK AND COVER WITH GLASS.
DO THIS 5 TIMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): BACKACHE ; HEAT REMEDY ; TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 12-00-1969

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GOOD LUCK

TAKE THREE VERY SILVER QUARTERS AND PUT THEM ON YOUR BACK.
NEXT TAKE A GLASS AND PUT IT OVER THE THREE QUARTERS.
FINALLY, LIGHT A CANDLE UNDER THE GLASS AND IT WILL DRAW
ALL OF THE EVIL SPIRITS OUT OF YOUR BACK.

Submitter comment: HIS GRANDMOTHER TOLD HIM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; J L HUDSONS COMPANY

Keyword(s): BACKACHE ; TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 12-02-1967

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TO CURE A HEADCAHE

SLICE A RAW POTATOE. PUT IT IN A CLOTH AND PLACE IT ON THE HEAD.

Submitter comment: THIS REALLY WORKS. INFORMANT'S MOTHER TOLD HER THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Keyword(s): TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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METHOD OF CURING

TO GET RID OF HICCOUGHS, THE BLADE OF A KNIFE SHOULD BE PLACED
ON THE TONGUE BY ANOTHER PERSON AND THE TONGUE SHOULD
BE KEPT EXTENDED WITH THE KNIFE ON IT.

Submitter comment: FROM MOTHER

Data entry tech comment: OTHER METHODS RECOMMENDED IN OTHER REFERENCES IN ARCHIVE:
STANDING ON YOUR HEAD
HOLDING YOUR BREATH
BREATHING INTO A PAPER BAG
PUTTING YOUR HEAD BETWEEN YOUR LEGS
BLOWING UP A BALLOON.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 11-05-1967

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WHEN A TYPE OF INFECTION OR SORE IS FOUND TO BE MEDICALLY
INCURABLE, THE FOLLOWING METHOD IS TO BE USED AS A CURE.
A PIECE OF CLOTH THAT A DECEASED PERSON WAS CLEANSED WITH
IS TO BE STROKED ACROSS THE INFECTED AREA THREE TIMES AND
THEN DISPOSED OF IN A DAMP PLACE.
BEFORE THE CLOTH WILL DECAY THE SORE SHOULD BE HEALED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; WEDDING

Keyword(s): INFECTION ; TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

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STY

IF YOU HAVE A STY IN YOUR EYE, TO GET RID OF IT YOU CROSS
AN INTERSECTION CATTY CORNER AND RECITE THIS RHYME:
STY, STY LEAVE MY EYE
GO TO THE NEXT ONE WHO PASSES BY.

Submitter comment: (INFORMANT BELIEVES IN THIS BECAUSE WHEN SHE TRIED IT WHEN SHE
WAS YOUNG SHE WAITED TO SEE WHO THE NEXT PERSON WAS. HER STY LEFT,
BUT THE GUY WHO PASSED BY INSTEAD OF GETTING IT, DIED.)

Data entry tech comment: COLLECTOR'S SPELLING CORRECTED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RHYME ; TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.760
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 09-20-1968

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CURE

TREATMENT FOR SUNBURN: PLACE A FRYING PAN ON THE HEAD
(TO DRAW OUT THE HEAT).

Submitter comment: HE HEARD THIS FROM HIS MOTHER.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; MADISON HEIGHTS

Keyword(s): TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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CURE FOR WARTS

IF YOU CARRY A DEAD CAT TO THE GRAVE AT MIDNIGHT,
YOUR WARTS WILL DISAPPEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

Date learned: 12-00-1969

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FEVER

TO GET RID OF A FEVER TAKE CORN IN A PASTY FORM, WRAP IT IN A TOWEL,
AND PUT IT ON YOUR FEET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; COLLECTORS OFFICE

Keyword(s): TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 03-31-1968

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FEVER

IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TO MAKE A HIGH FEVER GO AWAY ONE WOULD RUB
HIS FEET WITH CORN HUSKS.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 01-00-1971

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FEVER

TO REDUCE A FEVER, PLACE LARGE, YELLOW, STRONG-SMELLING ONION SLICES
ON THE BOTTOM OF THE FEET. THIS SHOULD DRAW DOWN THE FEVER.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 02-15-1970

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FEVER

IF SOMEONE HAS A HIGH FEVER, STRAP SLICES OF ONIONS TO THE BOTTOM OF
THE PERSON'S FEET. THIS WILL DRAW THE FEVER INTO THE ONIONS.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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FEVER

PUT RAW POTATOES ON THE FOREHEAD FOR A HIGH FEVER. INFORMANT LEARNED
THIS FROM HER NEIGHBORS IN BERKLEY, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 03-31-1967

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FEVER

FOR A FEVER WRAP HOT BANANA PEELS AROUND THE ARCH OF THE FOOT TO DRAW
OUT THE FEVER. (THIS IS FROM A TEXAN GIRL).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ADRIAN

Keyword(s): TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-04-1967

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FEVER

WRAP GARLIC AROUND PARTS OF YOUR BODY (WAIST, ARMS, LEGS) TO DRAW OUT
FEVER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; WHILE DRINKING AT WORK

Keyword(s): TRANSFERENCE

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

Date learned: 11-05-1971

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FEVER

TO REMEDY A HIGH FEVER, FIND A RABBIT, KILL IT,
SPLIT IT LENGTHWISE AND WHILE IT IS STILL WARM
LAY IT ON YOUR CHEST.
IF LEFT OVERNIGHT THE
FEVER WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO THE RABBIT AND IT WILL TURN GREEN. BURY
THE RABBIT, AFTER IT'S GREEN, IN A DEEP HOLE.

Keyword(s): TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 11-00-1971

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GOITER

IF YOU HAVE A GOITER ON THE NECK PUT A DEAD PERSON'S HAND THERE
AND IT WILL PASS AWAY.

Submitter comment: NOONE WOULD REALLY TRY THIS CURE.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 01-26-1972

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WOUNDS

IN UKRAINE IT IS BELIEVED THAT IF YOU SPEAK OF ANOTHER'S OPERATION
OR WOUNDS AND DEMONSTRATE ON YOUR OWN BODY THEIR LOCATION
THE SAME WILL HAPPEN TO YOU.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT RECEIVED INFORMATION
PASSED ON FROM GRANDPARENTS IN THE UKRAINE.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC ; TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: DRAMA -- Secular
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-01-1967

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