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CHILDREN'S CHANT

POLICEMAN, POLICEMAN, DO YOUR DUTY,
HERE COMES (GIRL'S NAME) THE AMERICAN BEAUTY.
SHE CAN DO THE RHUMBA,
SHE CAN DO THE SPLITS,
SHE CAN WEAR DRESSES,
ABOVE HER HIPS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD TOWNSHIP

Keyword(s): FASHION--DRESS LENGTH

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
DRAMA -- Secular

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FOR GOOD LUCK, (IN THE THEATER) KICK SOMEONE ON
EITHER SIDE OF HIS REAR-END BEFORE A PERFORMANCE.

Submitter comment: LEARNED WHILE DANCING PROFESSIONALLY IN NEW YORK
CITY.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

Subject headings: DRAMA -- Secular
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities

Date learned: 12-24-1963

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GOOD LUCK IN THEATRE: "BREAK A LEG."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FORMULA SPEECH

Subject headings: DRAMA -- Secular
BELIEF -- Good luck Activities
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 11-30-1967

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POLISH CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

AT CHRISTMAS, THE FATHER SNEAKS OUTSIDE AND PROCEEDS TO KNOCK ON
THE DOORS AND WINDOWS. THE MOTHER WARNS THE CHILDREN THAT THE WOLF
IS COMING. THE FATHER ENTERS THE HOUSE THROUGH THE BACK DOOR. HE
HAS A BLANKET OVER HIS HEAD AND A "TURON" IN HIS HANDS. A "TURON"
IS THE HEAD OF A WOLF ON A STICK WITH FLAPPING JAWS CONTROLLED BY
A ROPE. THE FATHER CHASES THE KIDS AROUND THE ROOM THEN SNEAKS
BACK OUTSIDE.

Submitter comment: MOST OFTEN THE "TURON" IS HOMEMADE AND PASSED ON FROM FATHER TO
ELDEST SON. THIS WAS DONE BY MY GRANDFATHER IN DETROIT BUT MY
FATHER DOES NOT OBSERVE THE CUSTOM ANYMORE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MASK

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic
DRAMA -- Secular
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas Season See F645.2 for Advent Season.
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Mask

Date learned: 10-10-1974

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NAVY

THE NAVY HAS AN OLD CUSTOM: THE FIRST TIME A SAILOR CROSSES THE
EQUATOR HE HAS TO APPEAR AT A MOCK TRIAL WHICH IS HELD BY KING
NEPTUNE

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
DRAMA -- Secular
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: 10-00-1972

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VALENTINE'S DAY

IN THE GIRLS' BOARDING SCHOOL I WENT TO, EVERY VALENTINES DAY IS
CELEBRATED BY A PARTY WHERE A SKIT, WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY THE
JUNIOR CLASS IS GIVEN.

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; SUN PRAIRIE

Subject headings: DRAMA -- Secular
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 14 Valentine's Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

Date learned: NO DATE INDICATED.

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CUSTOM FESTIVAL

IN UKRAINE, ON ST. JOHN'S DAY, YOUNG BOYS AND GIRLS MAKE DOLLS FROM
HAY (WHICH REPRESENT WINTER). THEN THEY BURN THESE DOLLS IN A FIRE
WHILE SINGING AND DANCING.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT RECEIVED INFORMATION FROM VARIOUS ACQUAINTANCES AND
RELATIVES IN UKRAINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: DRAMA -- Secular
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 24 St. John's Day / Midsummer Day

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WOUNDS

IN UKRAINE IT IS BELIEVED THAT IF YOU SPEAK OF ANOTHER'S OPERATION
OR WOUNDS AND DEMONSTRATE ON YOUR OWN BODY THEIR LOCATION
THE SAME WILL HAPPEN TO YOU.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT RECEIVED INFORMATION
PASSED ON FROM GRANDPARENTS IN THE UKRAINE.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC ; TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: DRAMA -- Secular
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-01-1967

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"WAJANG KULIT" (FLAT FIGURE)

THE "WAJANG KULIT" ARE FLAT FIGURES THAT HAVE BEEN CUT OUT
OF PAPER AND ATTACHED TO STICKS. EACH FIGURE PORTRAYS
A CHARACTER AS THE PEOPLE PUT ON A SHOW FOR THE AUDIENCE.
THE PEOPLE PUTTING ON THE SHOW ARE HIDDEN BEHIND ANY SORT
OF MAKE-SHIFT STAGE. WHEN NIGHT COMES, A LIGHT IS PLACED
BEHIND THE FLAT FIGURES SO ONLY THE SHADOW APPEARS. THE
AUDIENCE WILL PAY FOR THE ENTERTAINERS, ANYONE WHO DOES
NOT PAY IS CHASED AWAY BEFORE AND DURING THE SHOW.

Submitter comment: THE INDONESIANS BASICALLY PUT ON THESE SHOWS FOR THE DUTCH
COLONISTS. THE DUTCH HAD ALL THE MONEY, SO JUST ABOUT
ANYTHING THE "INDOS" DID, WAS FOR CASH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: Favorites
DRAMA -- Secular
DRAMA -- Puppet

Date learned: 04-00-1979 ; 00001930-1950

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"KUDA KEPENG" (HORSE FIGHT)

PEOPLE WOULD CUT OUT AN IMAGE OF A HORSE OUT OF CARDBOARD.
THEN WITH ACTORS, A STORYTELLER, AND SOME MUSIC, A STORY
WOULD BE ACTED OUT. THE STORIES WERE OF SOME GREAT
INDONESIAN WARRIOR OR LEGENDARY HERO. DURING THE SHOW,
ANOTHER PERSON WENT THROUGH THE CROWD AND COLLECTED MONEY.
ANYONE WHO DIDN'T GIVE SOMETHING WAS CHASED AWAY.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS AN INDONESIAN ENTERTAINMENT WITNESSED ABOUT 1930-1940.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: DRAMA -- Secular
DRAMA -- Puppet

Date learned: 04-00-1979 ; 00001930-1950

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TOM THUMB WEDDING

THE TOM THUMB WEDDING IS A CUSTOM IN NEW ORLEANS. A MINIATURE
WEDDING IS HELD WHERE ONLY CHILDREN ARE THE PARTICIPANTS. THE
LITTLE BOY WHO PORTRAYS THE GROOM DRESSES LIKE THE GROOM. A
LITTLE GIRL DRESSES LIKE THE BRIDE. WEDDING ATTENDANTS ARE
INCLUDED. THE WHOLE RITUAL OF GETTING MARRIED IS ACTED OUT.

Submitter comment: THIS WEDDING IS HELD TO RAISE MONEY FOR VARIOUS ORGANIZATIONS.
THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE WEDDING SELL TICKETS TO RAISE MONEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: DRAMA -- Religious
DRAMA -- Secular
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 01-00-1979

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EVERY APRIL 24TH, WE CELEBRATE SAINT GEORGE'S DAY IN GREECE.
SAINT GEORGE IS ONE OF THE PATRON SAINTS OF GREECE. ON THIS
DAY, WE CELEBRATE HIS DESTROYING THE DRAGON. SAINT GEORGE
WAS ORIGINALLY AN ARCHANGEL, THIS IS ONE OF GOD'S CHIEF ANGELS.
THE DRAGON REPRESENTS THE EVILNESS OF SATAN; SO TO COMMEMORATE
THIS EVENT, THE OLDEST MALE CHILD OF EACH TOWN OR VILLAGE
IS DRESSED IN LIGHT CHAIN MAIL, AND ARMED WITH A FAKE SWORD.
AN ADULT FROM THE VILLAGE, NORMALLY THE MAYOR, IS DRESSED AS
THE DRAGON. THEY RE-ENACT THE FIGHT THAT OCCURRED, WITH SAINT
GEORGE WINNING. THIS PERFORMANCE IS FOLLOWED BY A HUGE
FEAST, WHICH THE WOMEN OF THE VILLAGE PREPARE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights ; WHERE I LEARNED THIS

Subject headings: DRAMA -- Religious
DRAMA -- Secular
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 24

Date learned: 00-00-1958

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Mock Wedding

It is a tradition in Marcie's Polish family to have a
mock wedding, the day after an actual wedding ceremony
takes place in the family. All the guests assume positions
in the wedding, and act out another wedding and reception.
They sometimes dress in strange outfits, and invent humorous
themes for the various positions in the wedding party.
Examples: a jilted lover, bride dresses like a whore, the
groom is too drunk to stand up straight, etc.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Keyword(s): pretend

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR

Subject headings: Favorites
DRAMA -- Secular
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 00001970S

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IN GLEN LYON, PENNSYLVANIA, THE SLOVAK CATHOLIC CHURCH
STAGES A MOCK WEDDING. FORTY TO SIXTY PEOPLE ARE
CHOSEN TO TAKE PART. THEY ARE ON STAGE WEARING
COSTUMES. TICKETS ARE SOLD AND THE PROFIT GOES TO
THE CHURCH. FOOD AND DRINKS ARE SERVED LIKE AT A
REAL WEDDING CELEBRATION. THIS IS DONE ONCE EVERY
TEN YEARS.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: DRAMA -- Secular
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Ceremony

Date learned: 02-25-1970

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IN THE THEATRE, IT IS COMMONLY BELIEVED THAT A HAT
ON THE BED IN THE DRESSING ROOM ON OPENING NIGHT
WILL BRING BAD LUCK TO THE PLAY OR COMPANY.

Submitter comment:

MARY GOT FROM HER MOTHER.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): Actor ; Bed ; BELIEF ; CLOTHING ; Fashion ; Hat ; LUCK ; Placement ; Play ; PREDICTION ; Stage ; SUPERSTITION ; THEATER

Subject headings: DRAMA -- Secular
BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Furniture (bed, table, chair, etc.)

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ACTOR'S BELIEF

A HAT THROWN ON A BED MEANS BAD LUCK.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Actor ; Bed ; BELIEF ; CLOTHING ; Fashion ; Hat ; LUCK ; Placement ; Play ; PREDICTION ; Stage ; SUPERSTITION ; THEATER

Subject headings: DRAMA -- Secular
BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Furniture (bed, table, chair, etc.)

Date learned: 09-30-1965

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IT IS BAD LUCK FOR A PERFORMER TO LOOK THROUGH THE
CURTAINS AT THE AUDIENCE BEFORE THE PERFORMANCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: DRAMA -- Secular
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 10-01-1965

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IN THE THEATRE, IT IS COMMONLY BELIEVED THAT TO
WHISTLE BACKSTAGE ON OPENING NIGHT WILL BRING THE
PLAY OR COMPANY BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: MARY HEARD IT FROM HER MOTHER, JEAN DE VLEIG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: DRAMA -- Secular
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 12-04-1965

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IT IS BAD LUCK FOR ACTORS AND ACTRESSES TO WHISTLE
IN THEIR DRESSING ROOMS BEFORE GOING ON STAGE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: DRAMA -- Secular
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 10-27-1969

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ACTORS DON'T WHISTLE IN A DRESSING ROOM FOR FEAR
OF BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: DRAMA -- Secular
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 10-22-1969 ; YEARS AGO

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