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BELIEF IN PARAGUAY

THE PEASANT PEOPLE OF THE COAST BELIEVE THAT IN PAST TIMES, THERE
WAS AN INDIAN GIRL OUT LOOKING FOR HER BROTHER AND THE FOREST
DEMONS HAD TURNED HIM INTO A BIRD AND THE BIRD IS CALLED THE
CHUQUI BIRD. IT IS ALSO BELIEVED THAT THE LOST SOUL OF THE BOY
IS CONTAINED IN THIS BIRD AND THE PEOPLE FEEL THAT IT IS GOOD
LUCK TO FIND THIS BIRD.

Submitter comment: MR. MARCHETT WAS TOLD THIS WHILE HE LIVED IN LATIN AMERICA. HE
TOLD IT TO A FRIEND OF MINE WHO WORKED WITH HIM AT IRA WILSON
& SONS CREAMERY IN DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Bird
BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: 02-28-1970

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SUPERSTITION

THE IRISH HAVE A BELIEF THAT 2 SILVER DOLLARS SHOULD
BE PRESENTED TO A NEW INFANT, TO ASSURE MONETARY COMFORT
IN LIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFT-GIVING

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 11-11-1974

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SUPERSTITION

IT IS A COMMON POLISH BELIEF THAT BUTTER ON THE NECK OF A YOUNG
INFANT CAN WARD OFF ANY EVIL SPIRITS UNTIL BAPTISM

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Baptism Naming rite

Date learned: 11-11-1974

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A BAG OF CHARMS, CALLED AN ASP, WAS A VERY POPULAR SUPERSTITION
AMONG SOUTHERN BLACKS. IT SUPPOSEDLY KEPT ALL BAD THINGS AWAY FROM
YOU. IT IS SUPPOSED TO GUARD YOUR HEALTH. THE INGREDIENTS,
ALTHOUGH UNKNOWN, WERE VERY FOUL SMELLING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): AMULET ; ASAFETIDA ? ; NEGRO

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.1

Date learned: 11-02-1972

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SILVER DOLLAR

HE HAS CARRIED A SILVER DOLLAR WITH HIM FOR A YEAR AS A GOOD
LUCK CHARM

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COIN

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 11-19-1972

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ACE OF SPADES

IF YOU WALK THRU AN OPEN FIELD WITH A DECK OF CARDS WITH THE ACE
OF SPADES ON THE TOP, FACE UP, YOU CAN HEAR THE DEVIL FOLLOW YOU

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PLAYING CARDS

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Devil Demon

Date learned: 11-19-1972

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WHISTLING

YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO WHISTLE IN THE HOUSE BECAUSE IT IS
CALLING THE DEVIL

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONJURATION

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 11-03-1972

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IF A PERSON GETS A PIECE OF A PERSON'S HAIR & COOKS IT IN THEIR
FOOD; THEY'LL BE UNDER YOUR POWER.

Submitter comment: THIS FRIEND OF MINE SAID, THIS IS WHY HER HUSBAND IS SO IN LOVE WITH
HER.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTAGIOUS MAGIC

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
Favorites
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 12-00-1972

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BELIEF BIRTH

WEAR AN AFRICAN FERTILITY DOLL FOR NINE ENTIRE MONTHS AND IN THE
NEXT NINE YOU WILL HAVE A BABY.

Where learned: LETTER ; TOLD IN ; SOUTH AFRICA

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
686 Ninths / Nine
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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CORNA

CORNA OR BULL'S HORN ARE THE BEST GOOD LUCK CHARM YOU CAN HAVE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration

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SAINT PATRICK'S DAY

THE BELIEF IN LEPRECHAUNS IS MOST PREVALENT ON ST. PAT'S DAY. PEOPLE
BELIEVE IN ANY CHARM OR SPELL WHICH WILL HELP THEM FIND A LEPRECHAUN.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 17 Feast of St. Patrick
BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Word Letter

Date learned: CA1960-1975

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CHARMS

A COMMON CHARM IS A TINY PIECE OF THE BLARNEY STONE FITTED INTO
A RING OR SMALL SILVER CASTLE.

James Callow comment: COLLECTOR'S SPELLING CORRECTED

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): AMULET TALISMAN ; IRELAND

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration

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HEX CHARM

THE GERMANS HAVE A CHARM WHICH IS A CIRCLE WITH POINTS. IT REMOVES A
CURSE IF IT IS WORN EVERY DAY FOR A MONTH.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): AMULET TALISMAN

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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MEXICAN GOOD LUCK

THE MEXICANS HAVE A CHARM WHICH IS A CLOSED FIST WITH A BRACELET.
THIS IS PROTECTION FROM THE EVIL EYE.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): AMULET TALISMAN

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Curse
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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ST. CHRISTOPHER

A ST. CHRISTOPHER MEDAL IS WORN FOR PEDESTRIAN PROTECTION.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): AMULET TALISMAN

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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CHARMS

YOU RECIEVE CHARMS OR CHARM BRACELETS ON YOUR BIRTHDAY TO
INSURE THAT YOU WILL HAVE ANOTHER.

James Callow comment: COLLECTOR'S SPELLING CORRECTED

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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BABIES

WHEN A BABY IS BORN, PIN A MEDAL TO THE CRIB FOR PROTECTION.

Where learned: HOME ; SCHOOL ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): AMULET TALISMAN

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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LEGEND

THE MESA VERDE INDIANS WHO LIKE (LIVE IN?) THE AREA KNOWN
TODAY AS MESA VERDE
NATIONAL PARK, BELIEVED IN THE RITUAL OF THE SIPAPU--A SMALL HOLE
IN THE EARTH. CREATION ITSELF BEGAN FROM THIS SMALL HOLE WHERE
MAN PASSED FROM A NONDISTINCT FORM INTO THE SHAPE OF A HUMAN
AS HE EMERGED FROM THE SIPAPU. THE INDIANS WOULD CARRY OUT A RITUAL
THE MAIN EPISODE BEING THROWING SOME SORT OF INCENSE INTO THE
CREVICE, AND BURNING IT. THIS WOULD CHASE AWAY EVIL SPIRITS COMING
TO EARTH. THE STORY OR BELIEF IS REPEATED TODAY BY MANY INDIANS
OF THE AREA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FIRE

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Human Life
BELIEF -- Fire
BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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GHOST BELIEF

THE REASON FOR GHOSTS IS THAT WHEN PEOPLE DIE A VIOLENT DEATH
THEY DO
NOT KNOW THAT THEY HAVE DIED, SO THEY GO ABOUT DOING ALL THE
THINGS THEY DID WHEN ALIVE. THE ONLY WAY TO PUT THEM TO REST, IS
TO TELL A GHOST THAT IT IS DEAD.

Submitter comment: TOLD TO ME IN HIGH SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 09-26-1970

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HOT STEAM

A HOT STEAM IS SOMEBODY WHO CANNOT GET TO HEAVEN AND JUST
WALLOWS AROUND ON EARTH ON LONESOME ROADS, IF YOU WALK THROUGH ONE
WHEN YOU DIE, YOU WILL BE ONE TOO. AND THEN GO AROUND AT NIGHT
SUCKING THE BREATH OF PEOPLE. YOU CANNOT HELP WALKING THROUGH ONE.
SOMETIMES THEY STRETCH ALL THE WAY DOWN THE ROAD. BUT IF YOU
GO THROUGH ONE SAY, 'ANGEL-BRIGHT, LIFE IN DEATH, GET OFF THE
ROAD, DON'T SUCK MY BREATH,' THIS KEEPS THEM FROM YOU.

Where learned: ALABAMA

James Callow Keyword(s): RHYME

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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