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CEMETERY BELIEF

IT WAS BELIEVED THAT AFTER EIGHT O'CLOCK AT NIGHT THE DEAD
WOULD WALK
EROUND MT. ELIOT CEMETERY IN DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Eighths / Eight
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 11-12-1968

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5 IS LUCKY NUMBER
8 IS NOT LUCKY

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL

Keyword(s): INDIA?

Subject headings: 686 Fifths
686 Eighths / Eight

Date learned: 11-27-1971

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JAPANESE & NUMBER 8

THE NUMBER 8 IS HONORED BY JAPANESE.
JAPAN IS CALLED "EIGHT LARGE ISLANDS." BUDDHIST
DEITIES ARE REPRESENTED ON A LOTUS FLOWER OF
EIGHT PEDALS. THE 88TH BIRTHDAY IS A VERY
GRAND ONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): NUMBERS

Subject headings: 686 Eighths / Eight
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
BELIEF -- Gods
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.88
SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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THE REASON THAT HANUKAH IS CALLED THE FEAST OF LIGHTS IS BECAUSE
A LONG TIME AGO WHEN THE JEWS WERE AT WAR, THE PRIESTS WERE
GUARDING THE TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM DURING A SEIGE. THEY ONLY HAD
ENOUGH FUEL TO LIGHT THE LANTERN IN THE TEMPLE ONE DAY. BUT
MIRACULOUSLY THE LANTERN STAYED LIT FOR EIGHT FULL DAYS UNTIL
MORE FUEL COULD BE GOTTEN AND THE CITY WAS SAVED. SO NOW AT
HANUKAH IT IS TRADITION TO LIGHT THE MENORAH FOR 8 FULL
DAYS IN REMEMBRANCE OF THOSE BRAVE JEWS.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

Where learned: NEW YORK ; BROOKLYN

James Callow Keyword(s): HANUKKAH

Subject headings: 686 Eighths / Eight
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Winter
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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MY DADDY AND HIS DADDY BEFORE HIM ALL LEARNED HOW
TO SWIM THE SAME WAY. WHEN I TURNED EIGHT MY DAD
TOOK ME DOWN TO THE CREEK AND TOLD ME "EITHER YOU
SWIM OR YOU DROWN" AND HE THREW ME IN THE CREEK.
WELL I DIDN'T WANT TO DROWN SO I LEARNED HOW TO
SWIM AND THAT'S ALSO HOW MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS
LEARNED AND HOW I TAUGHT MY KIDS.

Submitter comment: I KNOW THAT THIS IS A TRADITION WHEN A CHILD IS
EIGHT BECAUSE MR. PHILLIPS IS MY FATHER AND THIS
IS HOW I LEARNED HOW TO SWIM WHEN I WAS EIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): AGE

Subject headings: 686 Eighths / Eight
Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity

Date learned: 04-00-1983

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IN NIGERIA A NAMING CEREMONY IS CELEBRATED FOR A NEW BORN BABY
ON THE EIGHTH DAY. THE CEREMONY IS ATTENDED BY THE RELATIVES,
FRIENDS, AND WELL-WISHERS, OF THE PARENTS OF THE NEW BORN BABY.
THE PARENTS OF THE NEW-BORN BABY WILL TELL THEIR PASTOR TO DIRECT
AND LEAD THE CEREMONY. THE PASTOR WILL PRAY FOR THE CHILD AND THE
PARENTS. HE WILL PREACH TO THE PARENTS ON HOW THEY ARE TO TRAIN
THEIR CHILD. AFTER THIS, HE WILL DISCLOSE THE NAME OF THE BABY FOR
THE FIRST TIME TO THE PEOPLE (PRIOR TO THIS TIME THE NAME OF THE
BABY HAD BEEN MADE SECRET TO THE PEOPLE). THEN, THE PEOPLE WILL BRING
THEIR PRESENTS TO THE PARENTS OF THE CHILD. AFTER THIS, THERE WILL
BE A PARTY WHERE DINNER WILL BE SERVED. AT THE SAME TIME THE
OPERATOR IS PLAYING A MELODIOUS RECORDS FOR PEOPLE WHO WILL LIKE TO
DANCE. AFTER SOME TIME THE PEOPLE WILL GO BACK TO THEIR HOMES.

Where learned: NIGERIA ; KABBA

Subject headings: 686 Eighths / Eight
Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Baptism Naming rite

Date learned: 00-00-1976

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Thirteen as Lucky Number

My lucky number has always been thirteen contrary to everyone
else's belief. Even Friday the thirteenth has always been an
especially good day for me. The reasons that I first chose this
to be my lucky number is that I was born on Friday August 13th, at
8:13 p.m. This was the eighth month, Thirteenth day at 8:13 and I
weighed 8 lbs. 13 oz.

Submitter comment: She and her family believe that this is her lucky day because
she was born a very healthy happy child on such a superstitious
day. She overcame the bad luck and therefore that day would
always be a special day.

Subject headings: 686 Specific number by specific number being described
686 Eighths / Eight
Favorites
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Good luck Friday the Thirteenth

Date learned: 00-00-1988

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My sister and I went to a youth rally when we were in high
school. At the rally we were taught that to grow psychologically
a person needs eight hugs a day plus many other facts that I now
cannot recall. When we came home our parents asked us at the
dinner table what we had learned; we told them about the eight hugs
needed to grow. My dad told us that he could do better than that,
so he has given us twelve hugs plus three for good luck. My
parents live up north and we often communicate by phone or by
letter; on the phone we count to twelve, then to three to give our
hugs to each other. In written communication, we write 12+3 to
give our hugs. This is a tradition that our whole family now
practices to give each other hugs and emotional support.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HOUGHTON LAKE

Keyword(s): Family folklore

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
686 Eighths / Eight
Favorites
BELIEF -- Good luck
SPEECH -- Gesture
SPEECH -- To Be Seen

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WILD BILL HICCOCK WON A CARD GAME BY AN ACE AND AN
EIGHT. BECAUSE HE WON BY THIS, HE WAS SHOT. TODAY
IT BRINGS BAD LUCK TO WIN A GAME BY AN ACE OR AN
EIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): BILL HICKOK

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Eighths / Eight
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
BELIEF -- Bad luck Games Pastimes Sports

Date learned: 10-08-1968

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FORMULA FOR DOING WELL ON AN EXAMINATION:

TRY TO GET AT LEAST EIGHT HOURS SLEEP THE NIGHT BEFORE.
AT LEAST DRINK SOME JUICE FOR BREAKFAST, IF NOT MORE.
GET TO CLASS PLENTY EARLY.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; BOWLING GREEN

Subject headings: 686 Eighths / Eight
BELIEF -- School

Date learned: 07-00-1973

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