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BELIEF (LEGEND)

TO KILL A WITCH- CLOSE THE BOOK, RING THE BELL, AND BLOW
OUT THE CANDLE.

Where learned: DETROIT ; collector's home

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 10-23-1968

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CROATION PREGNANCY BELIEF

A PREGNANT WOMAN SHOULDN'T EAT APPLES BECAUSE IT WILL CAUSE HARM
TO THE CHILD.

Submitter comment:

HER MOTHER-IN-LAW TOLD HER THIS AS IT WAS AN OLD CROATION BELIEF.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share same surname.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; collector's home

James Callow Keyword(s): APPLE AS ORIGINAL SIN SYMBOL ; HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 10-07-1970

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HILL LEGEND

THERE IS A CERTAIN HILL IN NORTH CAROLINA, AROUND WINSTON-SALEM, WHERE A CAR WILL ROLL UP A HILL WITH THE DRIVER'S FOOT OFF THE GAS.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; collector's home

James Callow Keyword(s): ANTI-GRAVITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Universe
BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: 04-00-1970

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VITAMIN BELIEF

IF YOU EAT YELLOW VEGETABLES LIKE CARROTS, SQUASH, WAX BEANS, YOUR EYES WILL BE STRONG AND YOU'LL HAVE GOOD VISION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; collector's home

James Callow Keyword(s): VITAMIN A CONTENT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 03-31-1971

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CUCUMBER BELIEF

NEVER EAT THE END OF A CUCUMBER WHERE THERE ARE NO SEEDS BECAUSE IT IS POISONOUS.

Submitter comment:

MY MOTHER ACTUALLY BELIEVES THIS BECAUSE HER MOTHER BELIEVED IT. IN OUR HOME WE NEVER EAT THAT END OF A CUCUMBER EVEN THOUGH ALL OF A PICKLE IS REGARDED AS SAFE.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share same surname and place of residence.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK ; collector's home ; informant's home

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BARN STORM PROTECTION BELIEF

IT IS AN OLD BELIEF AMONG FARMERS THAT IT IS BENEFICIAL
TO LET BARN SWALLOWS BUILD NESTS IN YOUR BARN,
BECAUSE LIGHTNING WILL NEVER STRIKE A BARN WHERE BARN SWALLOWS
LIVE.

Where learned: OHIO ; AMHERST ; collector's home

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 07-00-1962

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WEATHER BELIEF

INFORMANT'S MOTHER WOULD LEAVE THE FRONT DOOR OPEN
WHEN IT WAS LIGHTNING BECAUSE IF THE LIGHTNING STRUCK THE HOUSE,
IT WOULD GO OUT THE FRONT DOOR. IF THE DOOR WAS CLOSED,
THE LIGHTNING WOULD CAUSE A VACUUM AND DRAW ALL THE AIR OUT
OF THE HOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; collector's home

Subject headings: )686 )686.1.0
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 02-10-1970

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NEW YEAR'S CUSTOM

FOR THE LAST FIVE MINUTES OF THE OLD YEAR, AND THE FIRST FIVE MINUTES
OF THE NEW YEAR, IT IS NECESSARY TO SWEEP ONE'S HOUSE FROM BACK
TO FRONT. YOU SWEEP THE HOUSE TO "SWEEP OUT" TROUBLE AND SICKNESS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD ; collector's home

Keyword(s): BROOM ; SYMBOLIC ACTION

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F123
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system: F640.0101
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system: F640.1231
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20

Date learned: 10-25-1970

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NEW YEAR'S

AFTER MIDNIGHT ON NEW YEAR'S EVE EAT HERRINGS FOR GOOD LUCK IN THE
NEW YEAR.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; collector's home

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system: F640.1231
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
Food Drink -- Meat Fish and other animal life related to water
BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 03-10-1970

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NEW YEAR'S

AFTER MIDNIGHT DRINK A MIXTURE OF HONEY AND WHISKEY SO YOU WILL BE
HAPPY THROUGHOUT THE NEW YEAR.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; collector's home

Keyword(s): PREDICTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system: F640.1231
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20

Date learned: 03-10-1970

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

LUCY HAD AN ENGINE
THE ENGINE HAD A BELL
LUCY WENT TO HEAVEN
THE ENGINE WENT TO
HELLO OPERATOR, GIVE ME NUMBER NINE
IF YOU DON'T CONNECT ME I'LL HIT YOU RIGHT
BEHIND THE FRIGERATOR
THERE WAS A PIECE OF GLASS
LUCY FELL DOWN ON IT AND BROKE HER LITTLE
ASK ME NO MORE QUESTIONS
I'LL TELL YOU NO MORE LIES
LUCY TOLD ME ALL OF THIS
BEFORE SHE UPED AND DIED.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

 

Where learned: collector's home

Keyword(s): PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 10-18-1971

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Jump-Rope Rhyme

DONALD DUCK IS A ONE-LEGGED, ONE-LEGGED, ONE-LEGGED DUCK.
DONALD DUCK IS A TWO-LEGGED . . .
(THIS CONTINUES THROUGH FIVE-LEGGED)
FOR ONE-LEGGED: JUMP ON ONE LEG
FOR TWO-LEGGED: TWO LEGS
FOR THREE-LEGGED: TWO LEGS AND TOUCH THE GROUND WITH ONE HAND
FOR FOUR-LEGGED: TWO LEGS AND TWO HANDS
FOR FIVE-LEGGED: TWO LEGS, TWO HANDS AND HEAD.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

 

Where learned: collector's home

Keyword(s): ACTION RHYME ; CHARACTER

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

Date learned: 11-13-1970

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English Ballad

The cottage was a thatched one,
The outside old and green;
Yet everything within that place
Was wonderous neat and clean.

A little worn out creature
Whose once bright eyes grew dim;
He was a collier's only child,
They called him "Little Jim."

 

Submitter comment:

There is more to the ballad but informant couldn't recall it.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS ; collector's home

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

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Lullaby

Bye Lo Baby Bunting
Daddy's gone a-hunting
To get a little rabbit's skin
To wrap up baby bunting in.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; collector's home

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cradle song Lullaby

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Chanson a Repondre

When a group of people get together and sing there is an answer in response. One person will be leader of the song and the others will answer him.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; collector's home

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

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Graffiti

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

Here I sit broken hearted
'Cause I tried to shit and only farted.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; collector's home

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture

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Graffiti

Black! White! Oriental!
The water splashes over
All their asses the same.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; collector's home

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture

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