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TAKING SIDES

WHEN A WOMAN IS PREGNANT IF SHE SLEEPS ON HER RIGHT SIDE, THE
CHILD WILL BE A BOY, IF ON HER LEFT IT WILL BE A GIRL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

James Callow Keyword(s): SEX DETERMINATION

Subject headings: 840
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 11-05-1969

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PREGNANCY BELIEF

THE PEOPLE IN INDIA ADVISE THE WOMAN WHO IS PREGNANT NOT TO
LOOK AT AN UGLY PICTURE OF ANYTHING, OR THE BABY WILL BE UGLY.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: 840
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 03-05-1971

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WOMAN BELIEF

IN INDIA IF A WOMAN IS PREGNANT, SHE SHOULD NOT DO ANY DESTRUCTIVE
WORK, IT WILL DESTROY THE BABY.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT LEARNED IN CHILDHOOD

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: 840
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 03-05-1971

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PREGNANCY BELIEF

IF YOU ARE PREGNANT, THIS WOMAN SHOULD NOT WEAR A NECKLACE
OR SHE WILL BE CHOKING THE BABY B Y WEARING IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 840
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 03-07-1971

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PREGNANCY BELIEF

IT IS BELIEVED BY SOME THAT IF PREGNANT WOMEN HAVE BEAUTIFUL
THOUGHTS, THEY WILL HAVE A BEAUTIFUL CHILD.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT REMEMBERS THIS TO BE A COMMON PRACTICE IN HER
YOUNGER DAYS, AND KNEW OF MANY WHO USED IT, APPARENTLY WITH SUCCESS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: 840
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 10-03-1971

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PREGNANCY BELIEF

IF A PREGNANT WOMAN LIFTS HER ARMS ABOVE HER HEAD, SHE WILL LOSE
HER BABY.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM ONE OF HER FRIENDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: 840
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 03-01-1971

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PREGNANCY BELIEF

IF A WOMAN WHO IS ABOUT TO HAVE A BABY IS NARROW
IN THE BACK, AND IS PROTRUDING OUT IN FRONT, MORE
THAN USUAL, SHE WILL HAVE A BOY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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PREGNANCY BELIEF

IF A WOMAN ABOUT TO HAVE A BABY IS WIDE IN THE BACK,
IT WILL BE A GIRL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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A PREGNANT WOMAN SHOULD NOT ATTEND A FUNERAL, OR HER CHILD WILL
DIE.

Where learned: WARREN

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 01-22-1970

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BELIEF

LOOK AT BEAUTIFUL THINGS, THINK BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS, AND
YOU WILL HAVE A BEAUTIFUL AND TALENTED BABY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC ; OPTIMISM

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 10-23-1968

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SPIRITS,

THIS IS AN INDIAN BELIEF, GOOD SPIRITS WANDER AROUND
ETERNALLY SOMETIMES, DOING GOOD WORKS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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SPIRITS

ALL SOULS WANDER IN INDIA AFTER DEATH, INCLUDING ANIMAL SOULS.
THEY WANDER IF THEY HAD AN UNHAPPY LIFE, OR IF THEY WERE UNSATISFIED
BEFORE THEY DIED. THEY KEEP SEARCHING FOR PEACE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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MOTHER'S LOTION

MRS. ANGELA MAGOLEN, WHO WAS BORN IN POLAND AND LATER CAME
TO AMERICA, NOW LIVING IN WYANDOTTE, HAD A VISION OF THE
BLESSED VIRGIN IN A DREAM. OUR LADY GAVE HER THE RECIPE
FOR A HEALING LOTION WHICH WAS TO CURE MANY PEOPLE. SHE USED IT
FOR THE FIRST TIME TO CURE HER HUSBAND WHO WAS STRUCK DOWN WITH
A CORONARY. SHE WAS IN DOUBT ABOUT MAKING THE LOTION BUT FATHER
SOLANUS CASEY, A WIDELY K,NOWN CAPUCHIN MONK URGED HER TO MAKE IT
AND TO CALL IT 'MOTHER'S LOTION.'

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- P780
SPEECH -- Proper Name

Date learned: 00-00-1954

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SPIRIT MEDIUMS

THIS IS A BELIEF IN INDIA, THERE ARE FAIR, AND EVIL MEDIUMS. A
MEDIUM CAN INVADE THE BODY OF A MAN NOT YET REALLY DEAD, AND
PULL THE SPIRIT RIGHT OUT, AND THEN THE MEDIUM CONTROLS IT.
I HAVE SEEN THE CASKETS BREAK OPEN UNEXPLAINABLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

James Callow Keyword(s): BELIEF

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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SUPERSTITION

IN QUEBEC, THE FRENCH WHO HAD LAND LIVED BY FARMING, AND THOSE
WHO HAD NONE LIVED BY BEGGING. THE FARMERS TREATED THE BEGGARS
WITH CARE, FOR THEY HAD POWERS--FOR GOOD, FOR ILL.

Where learned: CANADA

Subject headings: 840
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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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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JUMPING EYE

IF YOUR LEFT EYE STARTS JUMPING IN THE MORNING YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE
AN ARGUMENT WITH A FRIEND THAT DAY.

Submitter comment: I HAVE ALSO HEARD A SIMILAR STORY ABOUT A PERSON'S EYE IN DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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IF YOU HAVE LITTLE WHITE MARKS UNDER YOUR FINGERNAILS, EACH ONE
SIGNIFIES A WHITE LIE.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; SAINT JOSEPH

Keyword(s): LYING

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Sign Color

Date learned: 10-05-1976

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ST. AGNES EVE, JAN. 20

ON THE EVE OF ST. AGNES' DAY, A GIRL SHOULD GET A HANDKERCHIEF FROM
HER BOYFRIEND. SHE SHOULD PUT IT UNDER HER PILLOW AND SHE WILL DREAM
IF SHE WILL MARRY HIM OR NOT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONTAGIOUS MAGIC

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 20
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 02-00-1968

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ST. AGNES EVE, JAN. 20

IF YOU GO TO BED BEFORE TWELVE O'CLOCK ON THE EVE BEFORE THE FEAST
OF ST. AGNES AND LIE FLAT ON YOUR BACK NOT MOVING IN THE LEAST,
YOU WILL DREAM OF YOUR FUTURE HUSBAND THAT NIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 20
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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