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KING ST. STEPHAN AND THE HUNGARIAN NOBLES

IN 999, KING ST. STEPHAN FORBID THE PAGAN SACRIFICE OF WHITE HORSES
BY THE NOBLES SO THAT THEY MIGHT BECOME CHRISTIANS. AND SO IT WAS,
UNTIL ONE DAY HE CHANCED TO SEE SOME NOBLES SACRIFICING THE WHITE
HORSES TO THE PAGAN GODS. HE DEMANDED AN EXPLANATION OF
THEMSELVES. HE HAD PROCLAIMED THERE TO BE ONLY ONE GOD. THEY
REPLIED: "THE HUNGARIAN NOBLE IS MAN ENOUGH TO HAVE TWO GODS."

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS FROM HER GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE CARDINAL AND THE IMMIGRANTS

CARDINAL CUSHING WAS GOING TO VISIT AN IMMIGRANT (MEXICAN-AMERICAN)
GRADE SCHOOL CLASS. THE NUN WAS GETTING THE CHILDREN READY SO THEY
COULD SHOW THE CARDINAL THAT THEY COULD SPELL ENGLISH. NOW ONE BOY
NAMED JOSE WOULD BE FIRST. SISTER SAID, "JOSE, SAY C-A-T, CAT."
JOSE REPEATED, "C-A-T, CAT."
SHE TOLD PEPI TO SAY, "D-O-G, DOG."
PEPI REPEATED, "D-O-G, DOG."
THE THIRD BOY'S NAME WAS JESUS. SISTER SAID, "NO, WE CAN'T CALL YOU
JESUS; YOU WILL BE SAMUEL FOR THE CARDINAL. SAY R-A-T, RAT."
JESUS SAID, "R-A-T, RAT."
"GOOD," SISTER SAID.
SOON IT WAS TIME FOR THE CARDINAL TO COME. WHEN HE ARRIVED, SISTER
SAID, "SHOW THE CARDINAL YOU CAN SPELL ENGLISH." JOSE GOT UP AND
SAID, "MY NAME IS JOSE. I'M GOING TO SPELL CAT. C-A-T SPELLS CAT."
PEPI GOT UP AND SAID, "MY NAME IS PEPI. I'M GOING TO SPELL DOG.
D-O-G SPELLS DOG." THEN JESUS GOT UP AND SAID, "MY NAME IS SAM.
I'M GOING TO SPELL SCHENECTADY."
"OH, JESUS, YOU CAN'T SPELL THAT!" SHOUTED THE NUN.
"OH, HELL, JUST LET HIM TRY," RETORTED THE CARDINAL.

Submitter comment: TOLD AS A TRUE STORY. INFORMANT HEARD THIS FROM FATHER WILLIAM
CHILDS, AGE ABOUT 35, THE PRODUCER OF A RADIO PROGRAM, AT A
PERSONAL MEETING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HUNTINGTON WOODS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero

Date learned: 11-10-1968

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THE FATHER BAKER STORY

IT IS A COMMONLY ACCEPTED FACT THAT WHEN THEY WERE CONSTRUCTING
FATHER BAKER'S HOME FOR BOYS (BUFFALO, NEW YORK), THERE WAS GOING
TO BE A SHORTAGE OF OPERATING FUNDS. WHEN THEY WERE GOING TO TAP
THE GAS PIPE, FATHER BAKER SAID NO, POINTED TO A DIFFERENT SPOT,
AND SAID, "DIG THERE." THEY FOUND A NATURAL GAS WELL.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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RELIGIOUS HERO

THE ORDER OF NUNS THAT TAUGHT ME, THE SINSINAWA DOMINICANS, WAS
FOUNDED BY FATHER SAMUEL MAZZUCHELLI. THEY ARE PUTTING HIM UP
FOR BEATIFICATION. HE WAS SAID TO HAVE BUILT MANY CHAPELS AND
WORKED MANY MIRACLES AFTER HIS DEATH.

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; SUN PRAIRIE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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HOW THE HUNGARIAN SCISSORBILL BIRD RECEIVED ITS NAME

THIS BIRD RECEIVED ITS NAME BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT, WHEN CHRIST
WAS CRUCIFIED, THIS BIRD WAS ALLEGED TO HAVE TRIED TO PULL THE
NAILS OUT AND THUS RECEIVED ITS TWISTED BILL.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED FROM HER GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Bird
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TINY TOM

TINY TOM WAS SENT TO A CHILDLESS COUPLE WHO LIVED IN A SMALL TOWN
IN ITALY. THE CHILD WAS SENT BECAUSE THE MAMA PRAYED TO THE
VIRGIN FOR A CHILD. HE CAME IN A PEA POD.
TOM NEVER GREW BIGGER THAN A THUMBNAIL, EVEN AFTER HE WAS SEVEN
YEARS OLD. ONE DAY HIS MAMA WAS BAKING AND TOM WAS SITTING ON
THE WINDOW SILL. HIS FATHER'S COW WAS SITTING OUTSIDE THE WINDOW.
HIS MAMA SNEEZED AND BLEW TOM OUT THE WINDOW AND HE FELL ON THE
COW'S TONGUE. TINY TOM SLIPPED DOWN THE TONGUE AND INTO THE COW'S
STOMACH.
IT WAS DARK INSIDE AND TOM WAS FRIGHTENED. HE CALLED OUT TO HIS
MAMA BUT SHE DID NOT HEAR HIM. WHEN HIS PAPA CAME HOME FOR DINNER
FROM THE FIELDS, TOM'S MAMA DISCOVERED THAT TOM WAS NOWHERE TO BE
FOUND. THEY FRANTICALLY SEARCHED EVERYWHERE, BUT TOM COULD NOT BE
FOUND ANYWHERE.
FOR TWO DAYS TOM'S PAPA AND MAMA LOOKED EVERYWHERE. THEY WERE
JUST TOO WORRIED OVER TOM TO WORK. THEY HAD NOT EVEN MILKED THEIR
COW WHO GROANED IN PAIN. BUT AFTER THAT MUCH TIME, PAPA AND MAMA
WERE READY TO GIVE UP.
THE COW KEPT MAKING SO MUCH NOISE THAT MAMA REALIZED SHE HAD NOT
BEEN MILKED. SO PAPA MILKED THE COW. WHILE HE WAS MILKING THE
COW, PAPA HEARD, "HELP! MAMA, PAPA! HELP!"
PAPA, HEARING THIS, LOOKED DOWN AND BY GOLLY, THERE WAS TOM
FLOATING ON A LEAF THAT HAD FALLEN INTO THE BUCKET OF MILK.
TOM'S PAPA SWOOPED HIM UP AND CARRIED HIM LOVINGLY TO THE HOUSE.
WHEN MAMA SAW TOM, SHE ALMOST CRIED.
ALL THREE HAD A PARTY THAT NIGHT AND FROM THEN ON, WHENEVER TOM
SAT ON THE WINDOW SILL, HIS MAMA TIED A THREAD AROUND HIM AND
ANCHORED HIM DOWN SO THAT IF HE FELL HE COULD CLIMB BACK UP THE
THREAD. FROM THEN ON TINY TOM, HIS MAMA, AND PAPA LIVED HAPPILY
EVER AFTER.

Submitter comment: HE HEARD THIS FROM HIS MOTHER AND SHE LEARNED THE STORY FROM
ITALY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Abnormal in size
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Animal Tale

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NOT GIVEN

THERE WAS A SHRINE TO THE BLESSED MOTHER ON THIS MOUNTAIN IN
ITALY. IT WAS A VERY SACRED PLACE. THERE THE STATUE WAS ENCASED
IN GLASS. ONE DAY SOME BOYS WERE PLAYING "BOTCHES" (LIKE BOWLING)
AND ONE OF THE BALLS ROLLED NEAR THE GLASS CASE, THE NEXT ONE
ROLLED AND BROKE THE GLASS AT THE FEET OF THE STATUE. THE FEET
OF THE STATUE STARTED BLEEDING.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS COLLECTOR'S MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails

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THE LEGEND OF THE LESZEKS AND POPIELS

AFTER THE DEATH OF WANDA, THE LEGENDARY HEROINE AND RULER OF
CRACOW, THERE RULED A GROUP OF TWELVE PALATINES. THEY FEARED
THAT SOME ENEMY WAS APPROACHING FROM RUMORS THAT WERE GOING AROUND
IN THE COUNTRYSIDE. THE ENEMY WAS SCARED OFF BY THE FORESIGHT
AND INGENUITY OF A YOUNG GOLDSMITH, LESZEK.
ON THE BUSHES AND TREES HE HUNG UP THE SHIELDS, SHINY ONES, AND
HELMETS OF THE ARMY. WHEN THE ENEMY SAW THE MULTITUDE OF THESE
SHIELDS AND HELMETS FROM FAR OFF, THEY QUICKLY LEFT, AFRAID OF
THE "LARGE ARMY" THAT AWAITED THEM. ABOUT 760 A.D. LESZEK BEGAN
HIS REIGN. HE IS ALSO KNOWN AS PRZEMYSTAIN, "AN INGENIOUS
PERSON."
WHEN LESZEK DIED, HE LEFT NO SON. THE KINGDOM, THEREFORE, HELD
A HORSE RACE TO SEE WHO WOULD BE THE NEXT RULER. THERE WERE
FIFTEEN OR SO BRAVE VOLUNTEERS. ONE SCHEMING PARTICIPANT COVERED
THE ROAD OF THE RACE WITH NAILS THE NIGHT BEFORE THE RACE. HE
DREW HIMSELF A PATH IN THE SAND SO THAT HE COULD FOLLOW WITHOUT
HURTING HIS OWN HORSE. ANOTHER PARTICIPANT DISCOVERED THE TRICK
AND PUT IRON HORSE SHOES ON HIS OWN HORSE. HE WON THE RACE AND
BECAME LESZEK II.
AFTER SEVERAL RULERS CAME POPIEL I WHO TRANSFERRED THE CAPITOL
OF POLAND FROM CRACOW TO GNIEZNO, FROM WHICH THE KINGDOM ORIGINA-
TED. HE THEN TRANSFERRED, IT IS SAID, TO THE CITY OF KRUSZWICZ
NEAR THE LAKE OF GOPLO. IT WAS HIS SON, POPIEL II, WHO WAS A
VERY GLUTTONOUS AND WEAK CHARACTER. IT IS SAID THAT HE WAS BALD
AND HAD A THICK BEARD CALLED "CHWOSTEK." HE HAD A GERMAN WIFE
WHO WAS SAID TO BE WICKED AND CRUEL, AND WHO TEMPTED HER HUSBAND
OFTEN TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SITUATIONS AND DO WRONG.
IT WAS A CUSTOM AMONG THE SLAVS TO NAME THEIR SONS AFTER THEIR
SEVENTH BIRTHDAY. HIS HAIR WAS THEN CUT FOR THE FIRST TIME
AND A BIG FEAST WAS HELD WITH FRIENDS AND RELATIVES. POPIEL II
HELD SUCH A FEAST FOR HIS SON. MANY PEOPLE WERE INVITED.
AT THIS SAME TIME, TWO PILGRIMS CAME TO HIS CASTLE ASKING FOR
REFUGE, BUT POPIEL AND HIS WIFE ANGRILY CHASED THEM OUT. IN THE
EYES OF THE POLISH AND THE SLAVS IN GENERAL, SUCH BREAKING OF THE
LAWS OF HOSPITALITY WAS A SERIOUS CRIME. POPIEL SOON PAID FOR
IT.
IT IS SAID THAT THE TWO PILGRIMS WERE REALLY TWO ANGELS. OTHERS
SAY THEY WERE THE SAINTS CYRIL AND METHODIUS ON A MISSION. BUT
THIS INCIDENT DID NOT CHANGE POPIEL. HE CONTINUED IN HIS DRUNKEN
REVELRIES AND CRIMES ONLY TO ESCAPE THE PANGS OF HIS GUILTY CON-
SCIENCE.
FINALLY, WITH COUNSEL OF HIS WIFE, HE HELD A FEAST FOR ALL HIS
RELATIVES IN ORDER TO "MAKE UP" FOR THE TIMES HE DID THEM WRONG.
HE REALLY BELIEVED THAT THESE PEOPLE WERE THE CAUSE OF HIS GUILTY
FEELINGS. AT THIS FEAST, HE POISONED EVERYONE.
IMMEDIATELY HIS PUNISHMENT FOLLOWED. FROM THE BODIES OF THE DEAD
CAME OUT HUNDREDS OF MICE. THESE MICE CHASED POPIEL AND HIS WIFE.
THEY TRIED TO HIDE IN A TOWER, BUT DID NOT SUCCEED AND WERE EATEN
UP BY THE MICE AS WELL AS WERE HIS PEOPLE. THIS TOWER, CALLED
"MICE TOWER" OR "THE TOWER OF POPIEL," STANDS IN THE CITY OF
KRUSZIVICA, POLAND.

Submitter comment: THESE LEGENDS I'VE KNOWN SINCE CHILDHOOD DAYS FROM MY PARENTS AS
WELL AS FROM MY LESSONS IN POLISH HISTORY I TOOK FROM MRS. HELEN
CHMIELEWSKI OF DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Angel
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Secular hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CHRIST JOKE

DO YOU KNOW HOW CHRIST RECEIVED HIS NAME? WELL, WAY BACK WHEN,
THESE THREE GUYS CAME TO VISIT THE BABE WHO, AS YOU KNOW, WAS
BORN IN THIS OLD CAVE. NOW THIS CAVE WAS VERY, VERY LOW AND ONE
OF THESE THREE GUYS WAS EXTREMELY TALL. AFTER KNEELING FOR A
LONG TIME BEFORE THE BABE, THE TALL ONE, FORGETTING THE KIND OF
PLACE HE WAS IN, ROSE QUICKLY AND BANGED HIS HEAD. "JESUS
CHRIST!" SHOUTS HE. AND MARY TURNS TO JOSEPH, UPON HEARING THIS,
AND SAYS, "GEE, JOSEPH, THAT WOULD BE A BETTER NAME THAN
ARCHIBALD."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Baptism Naming rite

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LEGEND OF THE POINSETTIA

AT THE TIME OF THE BIRTH OF THE CHRIST CHILD, A YOUNG SHEPHERD BOY
WANTED TO VISIT THE CHILD BUT HE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO BRING HIM.
THERE WAS A RED FLOWER BY HIM, SO HE PICKED IT AND SAID THAT THIS
WOULD BE HIS GIFT TO THE CHRIST CHILD. WHEN HE PRESENTED IT TO
THE CHILD, HE SMILED JOYFULLY AT THE BOY. MANY YEARS LATER THIS
SAME BOY, NOW A MAN, WAS STANDING BY THE CROSS ON WHICH CHRIST WAS
HANGING. WHEN THE BLOOD FLOWED OUT OF THE SPEAR WOUND OF CHRIST
AND HIT THE GROUND, A RED FLOWER EXACTLY LIKE THAT GIVEN BY THE
SHEPHERD BOY SPRUNG UP. RIGHT THEN THE MAN KNEW THAT THIS WAS THE
SAME PERSON TO WHOM HE HAD ONCE GIVEN THE RED FLOWER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Plant
SPEECH -- Folk Name for Plant

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE CRYING JESUS

IN BAVARIA (BRAVARIA?) THERE IS A CHURCH NAMED ST. DENISE WHERE
IN THE 1400'S A GROUP OF VILLAGERS MADE A CROSS WITH CHRIST ON IT,
BUT THE CHRIST WAS SO UGLY AND WHEN USED THE PEOPLE WERE ALWAYS
HORRIFIED. SO IT WAS DECIDED TO GET A NEW ONE MADE--THE OLD CHRIST
WAS STORED IN A BARN AND FORGOTTEN. YEARS LATER A PEASANT WOMAN
FOUND IT AND BROUGHT IT HOME, WHERE TEARS STREAMED FROM THE EYES.
SHE TOOK IT TO THE PARISH PRIEST WHO CLAIMED A MIRACLE AND HE
BUILT A CHURCH IN THE CRYING JESUS'S IMAGE AND MEMORY. THE CROSS
IS STILL IN THE CENTER OF THE CHURCH.
PEOPLE TRULY BLIEVE IN THE MIRACLE.

Where learned: GERMANY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Church

Date learned: 10-02-1970

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INSPIRATION?

ABOUT TEN YEARS AGO, A GIRL FROM ALASKA ENTERED THE CONVENT.
AFTER ABOUT TWO WEEKS, SHE CLAIMED THAT SHE WAS HAVING VISIONS
OF CHRIST, WHO, SHE CLAIMED, HAD MADE HER A SPECIAL DISCIPLE.
AT THIS POINT, SHE WAS DISMISSED AND LATER ENTERED THE STRICT
CARMEL.

Submitter comment: I HEARD THIS STORY FROM THE INFORMANT ABOUT THREE YEARS AGO.

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; WAUWATOSA

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious

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SONG

OH THE GAME WAS PLAYED ON SUNDAY,
IN THE DEVIL'S OWN BACKYARD.
WITH JESUS PLAYING QUARTERBACK,
AND MOSES PLAYING GUARD.
THE ANGELS IN THE GRANDSTAND,
LET OUT A MIGHTY YELL.
AS JESUS SCORED A TOUCHDOWN,
AGAINST THE BOYS FROM HELL.
GO WITH CHRIST,
GO WITH CHRIST,
ROCK'EM, SOCK'EM,
JESUS KNOCK'EM,
GO CHRIST GO.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; CHEEKTOWAGA

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music C700.328

Date learned: 12-00-1973

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THE MONK

IN A SMALL NORTHERN TOWN IN ITALY, HIGH IN THE MOUNTAINS LIVED THE
MONKS. THE MONKS WERE VERY RICH AND ALWAYS SAVED THEIR MONEY IN A
SMALL SACK, AND CONTINUOUSLY PRAYED THAT SOMEDAY THEY WOULD BE ABLE
TO GO TO HEAVEN.
THE ROBBERS OF ITALY WERE ALWAYS TRYING
TO STEAL THE MONK'S MONEY. ONE
DAY, A ROBBER GOT A TERRIFIC IDEA ON HOW HE WOULD STEAL ONE OF THE
MONK'S MONEY. THE MONK'S NAME WAS FATHER FRANCO.
THIS ROBBER PLAYED A GUITAR AND HE WAS ALSO A SINGER. ONE DAY HE SAW
A MONK PRAYING IN HIS ROOM. THE ROBBER CLIMBED ON THE ROOF ABOVE THE
MONK'S ROOM AND BEGAN TO SING, "FATHER FRANCO, FATHER FRANCO, COME UP
TO HEAVEN."
FATHER FRANCO HEARING THIS, THOUGHT IT WAS GOD CALLING, AND PREPARED TO GO TO HEAVEN. FATHER FRAN
ANSWERED, "LORD, LORD, I AM READY." THE ROBBER HEARING THIS SAID, "FATHER FRANCO, FIRST YOU MUST GIVE UP YOUR SMALL SACK OF MONEY." FATHER FRAN
ANSWERED, "I'LL DO ANYTHING TO GO TO HEAVEN." SO THE ROBBER PUT A HOLE IN THE ROOF AND LOWERED A ROPE DOWN. HE THEN SAID, "FATHER FRAN
PUT THE SACK OF MONEY ON THE BOTTOM OF THE ROPE, AND I'LL PULL IT UP TO HEAVEN FOR YOU." FATHER FRAN
DID AS HE WAS INSTRUCTED, AND NOW PREPARED HIMSELF FOR ENTRY INTO HEAVEN. FINALLY, THE ROBBER LOWERED THE ROPE DOWN AGAIN AND SAID, "FATHER FRANCO,
TIE THE ROPE AROUND YOUR NECK AND I'LL PULL YOU UP INTO HEAVEN." FATHER FRANCO, AS HOLY AS HE WAS, PUT THE ROPE AROUND HIS NECK AND ANSWERED, "LORD, I
AM READY, TAKE ME." WHEN THE ROBBER HEARD THIS HE PULLED ON THE ROPE AND HUNG FATHER FRANCO.

Submitter comment: FROM ITALY IN THE EARLY 1900S

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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MYTHWOODPECKER

ANOTHER STORY ABOUT ST. PETER IS THE ONE ABOUT THE LADY WHO WAS
BAKING LITTLE BREADS ONE DAY AND A LITTLE OLD MAN CAME TO HER WINDOW
STARVING AFTER TRAVELLING SO FAR PREACHING AND ASKED HER FOR A SMALL
LOAF OF BREAD. HOWEVER, WHEN THE WOMAN LOOKED AT EACH BREAD AS SHE
ROLLED IT, IT LOOKED TOO BIG TO GIVE AWAY. SO SHE KEPT ROLLING AND
ROLLING TRYING TO MAKE HIM A VERY SMALL ONE, UNTIL SHE GAVE UP AND
KEPT THEM ALL TO HERSELF. SO ST. PETER, ANGERED BY HER ACTIONS, TOLD
HER FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE SHE WOULD HAVE TO SCROUNGE AROUND FOR
FOOD AND SO HE CHANGED HER INTO A BIRD EXCEPT FOR HER KERCHIEF, AND
SENT HER UP THE SOOTY CHIMNEY. THIS IS WHY YOU ALWAYS SEE THE
WOODPECKER PECKING AWAY AT THE BARK ON THE TREES AND ITS BODY IS
BLACK FROM THE SOOT IN THE CHIMNEY, AND ITS HEAD IS RED LIKE THE
LADY'S KERCHIEF.
(SHARE WHATEVER YOU HAVE AND NEVER THINK YOU ARE GIVING TOO MUCH,
FOR THE TIME MAY COME WHEN YOU NEED SOMETHING AND YOU MAY HAVE TO
ASK FOR HELP FROM SOMEONE).

Submitter comment: FROM ITALY IN THE EARLY 1900S

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Characteristics of Animals
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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(KIND AND UNKIND STORY) ST. PETER STORY

ONCE UPON A TIME IN A SMALL TOWN IN SICILY, THERE LIVED A MEAN
STEPMOTHER WITH TWO DAUGHTERS, ONE OF WHOM WAS HER NATURAL DAUGHTER
AND THE OTHER WAS HER STEPDAUGHTER. HOWEVER, HER STEPDAUGHTER, BEING
THE PRETTIER OF THE TWO GIRLS, WAS ALWAYS IN THE KITCHEN SCRUBBING
THE POTS AND PANS AND DOING ALL THE DIRTY WORK THAT HAD TO BE DONE,
WHILE THE NATURAL DAUGHTER WAS JUST LAYING AROUND DOING NOTHING AND
GETTING SELFISH AND MORE SELF-CENTERED EVERY DAY. WELL, THIS
STEPMOTHER MADE THE BREAD FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE TOWN AND DELIVERY WAS
MADE DAILY BY HER TWO DAUGHTERS. ONE DAY AS THE BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER
WAS WALKING DOWN THE ROAD, SHE MET AN OLD, BEARDED MAN SITTING ALONG
THE ROADSIDE. HE ASKED HER FOR A SMALL PIECE OF BREAD BECAUSE HE HAD
NOT EATEN FOR TWO DAYS. THE YOUNG GIRL TOOK PITY ON HIM AND GAVE HIM
THE WHOLE LOAF OF BREAD. HE THANKED HER AND TOLD HER IF SHE HEARD THE
ROOSTER CROW ONCE ON THE WAY HOME, SHE WAS NOT TO TURN AROUND. BUT,
IF THE ROOSTER CROWED TWICE, SHE WAS TO TURN AROUND QUICKLY. BEING AN
OBEDIENT GIRL, WHEN THE ROOSTER CROWED ONCE SHE KEPT RIGHT ON
WALKING, BUT WHEN SHE HEARD HIM CROW TWICE, SHE QUICKLY TURNED
AROUND AND AS SHE DID SO, A DIAMOND APPEARED IN THE MIDDLE OF HER
FOREHEAD MAKING HER MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN EVER. UPON RETURNING HOME
AND EXPLAINING WHAT HAPPENED TO HER STEPMOTHER, THE NATURAL DAUGHTER
WANTED TO GO THE SAME ROAD HER SISTER FOLLOWED THE DAY BEFORE.
HOWEVER, BEING SELFISH AND MEAN, WHEN THE POOR OLD MAN APPROACHED HER
AND ASKED FOR A MORSEL OF BREAD, SHE SPAT UPON HIM AND TRIED TO RUN
AWAY. THEREFORE, ANGERED BY HER ACTIONS, HE TOLD HER TO TURN AROUND
IF SHE HEARD THE ROOSTER CROW ONCE, AND TO WALK STRAIGHT AHEAD IF SHE
HEARD HIM CROW TWICE. UPON DOING THIS, AS SHE TURNED AROUND WHEN THE
ROOSTER CROWED ONCE, A BIG HORN GREW IN THE MIDDLE OF HER FOREHEAD,
MAKING HER UGLIER THAN SHE WAS BEFORE.

Submitter comment: FROM ITALY IN THE EARLY 1900'S
THE MORAL OF THIS STORY IS TO SHARE WITH OTHERS AND HAVE PITY ON
THOSE LESS FORTUNATE THAN YOU, FOR THE LITTLE OLD MAN WAS REALLY ST.
PETER IN DISGUISE, SAID MY GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; ITALY

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Magic

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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CONVERSION OF NON-CATHOLIC

JIM'S INFORMANT WAS SISTER GODFREY (SISTER OF DIVINE PROVIDENCE
AT SAINT SYLVESTER'S IN PITTSBURGH). SR. GODFREY WAS JIM'S 4TH
GRADE TEACHER. THERE WAS A CATHOLIC HATER WHO MADE A LITTLE CATHOLIC
GIRL STEAL A HOST. HE WANTED TO NAIL THE HOST ON A TELEPHONE POLE
IN FRONT OF A CHURCH. WHEN HE ATTEMPTED TO CARRY IT OUT, THE
TELEPHONE POLE SPURTED BLOOD AND HE WAS CONVERTED.

James Callow Keyword(s): EUCHARIST

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious

Date learned: 12-07-1972

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HAZELWOOD TREE LEGEND.

THERE IS A LEGEND ABOUT THE HAZELWOOD TREE.
WHEN MARY AND JOSEPH AND JESUS WERE FLEEING TO EGYPT, THEY CAME
TO A POPLAR TREE THAT WAS BIG AND TALL AND STRAIGHT. MARY
ASKED THE POPLAR TREE TO COVER HER UP AND PROTECT HER FROM
THE RAIN. THE POPLAR TREE WOULD NOT. MARY SAID,'MAY YOU NEVER
HAVE YOUR LIMBS DOWN AND MAY YOUR LEAVES NEVER REST.
THIS IS WHY THE POPLAR TREE IS ALWAYS TREMBLING, IN WIND OR NOT.
THE NEXT TREE THAT MARY CAME TO, WAS THE HAZELWOOD TREE.
THEY DO NOT GROW VERY HIGH, ARE SQUATTY, AND ALWAYS HAVE A LOT OF
BRANCHES ON THEM. MARY ASKED THE HAZELWOOD TREE TO COVER HER AND
IT DID. SHE BLESSED THE TREE IN RETURN, SAYING? 'MAY YOU BE BLESSED
FOR ETERNITY BECAUSE YOU HAVE SHELTERED ME. MAY YOUR LEAVES BE A
MEDICINE TO PEOPLE THAT NEED YOU. HEAL THEM OF DISEASES, AND MAY
YOU GROW FRUIT FOR MANKIND AND BEASTS.' SINCE THEN THE HAZELWOOD
TREE HAS PRODUCED LOTS OF NUTS CALLED FILBERTS.

James Callow comment:

POPLAR BRANCHES REACH UP, AS IF ARMS EXTENDED IN PRAYER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PLANT ANIMAL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
Food Drink -- Plant food Nut
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Plant

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HOLY COMMUNION

YOU SHOULD NEVER GO TO HOLY COMMUNION IF YOU FEEL SICK OR IF
YOU THINK YOU WILL BE. SHE REMEMBERS ONE OF HER STUDENTS RECEIVING
COMMUNION AT MASS, THEN LEAVING CHURCH BECAUSE HE WAS GOING TO VOMIT
SHE FOLLOWED HIM OUT, AND FOUND HIM BEING SICK. INSTANTLY
APPEARED THOUSANDS OF MAGGOTS, WHO ATE UP ALL THE VOMIT
AND THEN DISAPPEARED.
SHE BELIEVES THAT THIS WAS A MIRACLE TO KEEP THE HOST FROM BEING
DEFILED

Submitter comment:

THE SHE, REFERS TO THE INFORMANTS 5TH GRADE TEACHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL INSECT LARVA

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Insect
BELIEF -- Church

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LEGEND

THERE IS A PRIEST IN SAN JUAN DE LOS LAGOS, MEXICO, WHO SAID TO GOD
HE WOULD SAY THE OUR FATHER EVERY TIME SOMEONE CAME INTO THE CHURCH
IN ORDER TO THANK GOD FOR LETTING HIM BE A PRIEST. HE DIED AND WAS
BURIED. THE NEXT TIME SOMEONE CAME INTO THE CHURCH AFTER HE DIED,
THE PRIEST SAID THE OUR FATHER REALLY LOUD AND SLOW. NO ONE KNEW
WHERE HIS VOICE WAS COMING FROM. HE DID THIS AT MASS AS PEOPLE WERE
COMING IN AND EVERYONE RAN OUT BECAUSE THEY WERE SCARED. THE POLICE
CAME TO CHECK OUT THE CHURCH FOR LOUDSPEAKERS, AND THEY CHECKED THE
WHOLE CHURCH AND FOUND NOTHING. THE POLICE FINALLY LOCKED UP THE
CHURCH. AFTER THAT, TWO DRUNKS SOMEHOW GOT INTO THE CHURCH. THE
PRIEST SAID THE OUR FATHER AND THEY RAN OUT OF THE CHURCH COMPLETELY
SOBER. NO ONE GOES IN THE CHURCH ANYMORE, THIS IS A TRUE STORY.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT TOLD THIS STORY AS STRAIGHT FACT, HE BELIEVED IT.

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

James Callow Keyword(s): BELIEF ; INSOBRIETY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Supernatural Being
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 11-00-1975

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