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WHO BECOMES A VAMPIRE

A PERSON WILL BE A VAMPIRE IF HE IS BORN ON HALLOWEEN
OR CONCEIVED ON WOLFPURGIS NIGHT, THE NIGHT BEFORE MAY 1.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: ENGLAND ; WORCESTER

Keyword(s): SUPERNATURAL ; SUPERSTITION ; Undead ; Vampire

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 30
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F103
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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APRIL 30, FEAST OF ST. PETER

GDY NA SIV. PIOTRA JEST PODODA ALBO STOTA, TO NA SIV NIKODEMA JEST
DESZCZ ALBO GO NIE MA.
WHEN ON THE FEAST OF ST. PETER (APRIL 30) THE WEATHER IS
PLEASANT THAN ON THE FEAST OF ST. NICODEMUS THERE WILL BE RAIN
OR NOT.

Data entry tech comment: ENGLISH TRANSLATION AS PER INFORMANT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 30
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: NO DATE INDICATED.

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APRIL 30

ON APRIL 30, THE PEOPLE OF GERMANY STUFF THEIR KEYHOLES AND ANY
KIND OF OPENINGS IN THEIR HOUSE WITH LEAVES, IN ORDER TO STOP THE
EVIL SPIRITS OF SPRING FROM ENTERING THE HOUSE.

Submitter comment: TOLD TO THE INFORMANT BY HIS GRANDMOTHER, WHO IS GERMAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 30
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Measure of time Spring

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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WHO WILL BECOME A VAMPIRE

A PERSON WILL BE A VAMPIRE IF HE IS BORN ON HALLOWEEN
OR CONCEIVED ON WOLPURGIS NIGHT--THE NIGHT BEFORE MAY 1.

Where learned: ENGLAND ; WORCESTER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 30
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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PUT A CUP OF MILK OUTSIDE THE DOOR THE NIGHT BEFORE
MAY 1. THE NEXT MORNING THERE WILL BE A DESIGN
ON THE MILK. THIS WILL BE AN INDICATION OF YOUR
FUTURE SPOUSE. (I.E., A PICTURE OF A SHIP WOULD
MEAN YOU WILL MARRY A SAILOR).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 862 Use of object for determining future spouse
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 30

Date learned: 03-31-1970

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