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THE NEXT TO DIE

WHEN YOU GO PAST A CEMETERY, YOU MUST WET YOUR INDEX FINGER (SPIT
ON IT) AND STICK IT IN THE AIR. IF YOU DO NOT, YOU WILL BE THE
NEXT TO DIE.

Submitter comment: I DO NOT KNOW WHO FIRST TOLD ME ABOUT THIS PRACTICE, BUT WHEN WE
WERE YOUNGER, MY GIRL FRIENDS AND I USED TO DO THIS IN A KIDDING
WAY ALL OF THE TIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

TWO IS ALWAYS THREE.

Submitter comment: THIS PERTAINS TO THREE DEATHS COMING AFTER ONE ANOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Prediction / Divination
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 02-00-1974

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KNOCKS

IF YOU DREAM YOU HEAR THREE KNOCKS, DEATH WILL FOLLOW FOR SOMEONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Prediction / Divination
BELIEF -- Number
BELIEF -- Dreams

Date learned: 02-00-1974

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PREDICTION DIVINATION

TO SEE IF WATER IS GOOD; SPIT IN THE WATER, AND IF IT SPREADS,
THEN THE WATER IS GOOD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
BELIEF -- Water

Date learned: 00001960S

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LOCK THE DOOR AND THROW AWAY THE KEY

THE INFORMANT WITNESSED THE FOLLOWING IN A KINDERGARTEN CLASS. THE
GESTURE WAS MADE BY THE TEACHER. THE MEANING WAS FOR THE CHILDREN TO
BE QUIET. IN GESTURE FORM THE TEACHER MADE BELIEVE HER MOUTH WAS A
LOCK AND IN HER HAND A KEY. SHE PUT HER HAND UP IN FRONT OF HER
MOUTH AND MADE BELIEVE SHE WAS LOCKING THE DOOR. SHE THEN THROWS THE
MAKE BELIEVE KEY AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

James Callow Keyword(s): PANTOMIME

Subject headings: Shadow / Pantomime
SPEECH -- Gesture
SPEECH -- To Be Seen

Date learned: 10-30-1972

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MAGIC

IN CHINA, A WOMAN CALLED 'OOPOH' IS CONSIDERED A "MAGICAL WOMAN."
SHE CAN PREDICT THE FUTURE, WORK SPELLS, PERFORM MAGIC.
IF A MAN DIES AWAY FROM HOME, HIS SPIRIT CAN BE BROUGHT HOME BY THE
WIZARD (OOPOH), AND HIS FAMILY CAN SEE THAT IT IS INTERRED.
THE BODY IS NOT TRANSFERRED--JUST THE SPIRIT. AND ONLY
THE SPIRIT OF A GOOD MAN CAN BE BROUGHT HOME FOR BURIAL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Subject headings: 646
800
820
840
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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SUPERSTITION

HOWEVER YOU FEEL ON JANUARY 1ST (HAPPY, SAD, MEAN, ETC.)
YOU'LL FEEL ALL YEAR LONG.

Submitter comment: SOURCE NOT REMEMBERED.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; YONKERS

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination

Date learned: 12-26-1963

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LEGENDS OF THE UKRAINIAN EASTER EGGS

OF THE VARIOUS TYPES OF EASTER EGGS OF THE UKRAINE, THE PYSANKA AND
THE KRASHANKA ARE THE MOST WIDELY KNOWN. KRASHANKA IS FROM THE WORD
KRASKA WHICH MEANS COLOR. THE KRASHANKA IS A HARD-BOILED EGG WHICH
IS DYED A SOLID COLOR, AND MAY BE EATEN. THE PYSANKA STEMS FROM
THE VERB PYSATY, WHICH MEANS TO WRITE, AS THE DESIGNS ARE ACTUALLY
WRITTEN ON THE EGG, WHICH IS DYED IN SEVERAL COLORS. BUT UNLIKE
THE KRASHANKA THE PYSANKY ARE RAW AND NOT EATEN. IF A WOMAN IS
CHILDLESS AND DESIRES A CHILD. SHE WOULD BE GIVEN AN EGG DECORATED
WITH A CHICKEN, THE SIGN OF A FERTILE CREATURE, AND HOPEFULLY HER
FAMILY WOULD GROW. IT WAS THOUGHT TO BE THE MAN'S FAULT AFTER
THAT. TO HELP THE MAN HE WAS GIVEN AN EGG WITH A PATTERN OF
ROOSTERS. TO HELP OLDER MEN, WHO WERE GOING DOWN HILL WHEN IT
CAME TO THEIR VIGOR, THEY
WERE GIVEN AN EGG DECORATED WITH OAK LEAVES.
AS CHRISTIANITY CAME TO THE UKRAINE SO DID SOME MORE LEGENDS.
THE HUTZELS FROM WESTERN UKRAINE TELL A STORY THAT THE VIRGIN
MARY FILLED HER APRON WITH EGGS, AND WHEN SHE APPEARED BEFORE
PONTIUS PILATE TO PLEAD FOR HER SON, SHE DROPPED TO HER KNEES AND
THE EGGS ROLLED OUT OVER THE SURFACE OF THE WORLD UNTIL THEY WERE
DISTRIBUTED AMONG ALL NATIONS. IN ANOTHER STORY, MARY IS SAID TO
HAVE FILLED A BASKET WITH EGGS WHICH SHE CARRIED TO THE SOLDIERS
SITTING AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS. THERE SHE LEFT IT. AFTER A
TIME, THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST FLOWED DOWN, STAINING THE EGGS WITH
THEIR CHARACTERISTIC COLOR. THE UKRAINIAN EASTER EGGS ALSO
ANSWER THE PROBLEMS OF THE WORLD. AS LONG AS THE PYSANKY TRADITION
REMAINS, AND EGGS CONTINUE TO BE DECORATED, THE WORLD WILL EXIST.
SHOULD THE CUSTOM CEASE, EVIL WILL ENCOMPASS AND DESTROY THE WORLD.
THIS IS BECAUSE AN ANCIENT, VICIOUS CREATURE IS HEAVILY CHAINED
AGAINST A HUGE CLIFF AND EACH YEAR SERVANTS OF THE CREATURE GO OUT
ABOUT THE WORLD AND TAKE COUNT HOW MANY PYSANKY ARE DECORATED IN
THE WORLD. WHEN THERE ARE FEW PYSANKY THE CREATURE'S CHAINS LOOSEN
AND EVIL BEGINS TO FLOW THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. SHOULD THE SERVANTS
FIND THE CUSTOM OF DECORATING EGGS BEING PRACTICED WIDELY THEN THE
CHAINS OF THE MONSTER TIGHTEN, ALLOWING LOVE TO CONQUER EVIL.
PEASANTS PLACED KRASHANKA SHELLS IN THE THATCHED ROOFS OF THEIR
HOMES AND UNDER HAY MOUNDS TO TURN AWAY HIGH WINDS. BEEKEEPERS
PUT THEM UNDER HIVES FOR A GOOD SUPPLY OF HONEY. A KRASHANKA,
BLESSED ON EASTER EVE, WAS SUSPENDED ON A STRING FROM THE NECK
OF AN ILL PERSON, OR TOUCHED TO INFECTED AREAS ON PERSONS SUFFERING
FROM BLOOD POISONING TO EFFECT A CURE.

Submitter comment: FERTILITY SYMBOLS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
Food Drink -- Animal product Egg
BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Universe
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Animal

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TO DREAM THAT YOU SHAKE A DEAD PERSON'S HAND, DENOTES THAT YOU WILL
SOON JOIN THAT PERSON IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

Submitter comment: THIS OLD PREDICTION WAS HANDED DOWN FROM MY LATE GRANDMOTHER'S
FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
841 Dreams about the dead and sick
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about the dead and sick
SPEECH -- Gesture

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BELIEF PREDICTION

IF A FRIEND COMES VISITING, ENTERING BY THE
BACK DOOR AND LEAVING BY THE FRONT DOOR, YOU'LL
RECEIVE MORE COMPANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
Observation

Date learned: 09-00-1969

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A DEATH WARNING

IF A FLOWER POT FALLS AND BREAKS IN A FUNERAL HOME, THAT MEANS
THAT THERE WILL BE ANOTHER DEATH IN THE FAMILY.

Submitter comment: THIS HAPPENED A FEW WEEKS AGO.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
Observation

Date learned: 09-10-1969

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SUPERSTITION

IF YOU MOVE ON FRIDAY, YOU WILL MOVE AGAIN BEFORE THE YEAR IS OUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
Observation

Date learned: 02-07-1968

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IF THE SUN SHINES WHEN IT RAINS, IT WILL RAN SOMETIME DURING
THE NEXT DAY.

Submitter comment: NONE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): WEATHER

Subject headings: 800

Date learned: 01-00-1968

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STATUES

AT THE BEGINNING OF THE GAME, ONE PERSON IS CHOSEN TO BE A
CUSTOMER, WHO WANTS TO BUY A STATUE. ANOTHER PERSON IS CHOSEN
TO SELL THE STATUES. THE REMAINING PEOPLE WILL BE THE STATUES.
THE CUSTOMER MOVES OUT OF SIGHT AND HEARING DISTANCE. THE CLERK
THEN TAKES, ONE BY ONE, EACH PLAYER AND SPINS THEM BY THE ARM
CAUSING THEM TO FALL ON THE GROUND. WHATEVER POSITION THEY LAND
IN THEY MUST REMAIN THAT WAY. THE STATUE THEN WHISPERS TO THE
CLERK WHAT KIND OF ANIMAL THEY WANT TO BE. THE CUSTOMER THEN
ENTERS THE STORE AND MAY CHOOSE ANY STATUE HE LIKES. THE CLERK
WINDS UP THE STATUES INDIVIDUALLY, CAUSING THE STATUES TO ACT
OUT WHAT HE IS SUPPOSED TO BE. IF THE CUSTOMER CAN GUESS WHAT
THE STATUE IS, THEN HE MAY BUY THAT STATUE. THE STATUE HE SELECTS
BECOMES THE CUSTOMER IN THE NEXT GAME. THE CUSTOMER BECOMES THE
CLERK AND THE CLERK BECOMES A STATUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: Shadow / Pantomime
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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IF YOUR RIGHT EAR RINGS, SOMEONE IS SAYING SOMETHING
NICE ABOUT YOU; IF YOUR LEFT EAR RINGS, SOMEONE IS
SAYING SOMETHING BAD ABOUT YOU.

Submitter comment: MRS. D. LEARNED THIS AS A CHILD FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 11-22-1963

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DON'T WEAR PEARLS, THEY WILL BRING TEARS.

Submitter comment: MRS. M. LEARNED THIS AS A CHILD AND STILL PRACTICES
IT TODAY.

Where learned: TELEPHONE

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination

Date learned: 11-02-1963

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CLOTHING LORE

IF YOU FIND A PIECE OF WHITE THREAD ON YOUR CLOTHING
IT IS A SIGN THAT YOU WILL GET A LEETER FROM A
LIGHT HAIRED PERSON. IF YOU FIND A PIECE OF DARK
THREAD ON YOUR CLOTHING, IT IS A SIGN THAT YOU WILL
GET A LETTER FROM A DARK HAIRED PERSON.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM THE RURAL COMMUNITY NEAR
KINNECOTT, ONTARIO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RECTORY ; BIRMINGHAM ; HOLY NAME

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
Observation

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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IF YOU PULL A LOOSE THREAD, YOU'LL GET A LETTER.

Submitter comment: FROM A FRIEND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
Observation

Date learned: 11-20-1967

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CUSTOM/BELIEF

AN ELEPHANT IN THE HOUSE BRINGS GOOD LUCK, BUT ONLY IF THE TRUNK
IS TURNED UPWARD.

Submitter comment: I HOPE HE MEANS A SCULPTURE)))))

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination

Date learned: 10-00-1981

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PROVERB

A BARKING DOG NEVER BITES.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID IT MEANT THAT TALKING CAN PREVENT VIOLENCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND LEDGE

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 00-00-1940

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