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POLISH FOLK BELIEF

LIPOWY MIOD JEST NAJLEPSYM Z MIODOW.
NIBY DOJZALY BURGUND ZACHOWIYE W SOBIE
ENERGIE STONECZNA. OKRESLENCE 'STARY LEPIES' BRZMCATO JAKO
NAJIOYNSZN POCHWATADLA TRUNKU.
THE HONEY OF JULY IS THE BEST OF ALL HONEYS. IT RETAINS
WITHIN ITSELF THE ENERGY OF THE SUN. THE PHRASE, 'OLD JULY'
RINGS AS THE GREATEST PRAISE OF ITS DRINKS.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Botany ; FOOD ; HONEY ; July ; Lore ; Moth ; Old July ; POLISH ; PRAISE ; Saying ; Sun

James Callow Keyword(s): MIDDLE-AGE? ; SYMBOL ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: Custom
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CREEK INDIAN CEREMONY

IN THE SOUTHERN UNITED STATES, THE CREEK INDIANS HOLD AN ANNUAL
4-8 DAY RELIGIOUS CEREMONY IN JULY OR AUGUST WHEN THE CROPS MATURE.
THE MALES DRINK PASSA OR BLACK DRINK FOR PURIFICATION. DANCING
CONTINUES THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE CEREMONY. FIRES ARE KINDLED IN THE
INDIVIDUAL HOMES FROM A COMMON FIRE BUILT OUT IN THE SQUARE GROUND.
BOTH MEN AND WOMEN PURIFY THEMSELVES BY RUBBING ASHES OVER THEIR
BODIES AND PLUNGE INTO THE WATER.

Where learned: NO LOCATION INDICATED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving

Date learned: 12-01-1967

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FOLK BELIEFS

A SORE WILL NOT HEAL DURING DOG DAYS. DOG DAYS ARE FORTY
DAYS DURING LATE SUMMER. IT USUALLY STARTS THE LAST OF
JULY TO LATE AUGUST.

Submitter comment: MY AUNT ALWAYS SAID THIS DURING DOG DAYS. TO A CERTAIN EXTENT IT
WAS TRUE. SORES TOOK A LONG TIME TO HEAL.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; MILLEDGEVILLE

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Summer
BELIEF -- Measure of time Summer
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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FOOD BELIEFS

IF YOU BOIL ANYTHING GREEN DURING DOGDAYS IT WILL SPOIL.

Submitter comment: MY AUNT DOES NOT COOK ANYTHING GREEN DURING DOG DAYS. THIS
INCLUDES COLLARDS, TURNIPS, BEANS, AND PEAS.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; MILLEDGEVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Summer
Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Process
BELIEF -- Measure of time Summer
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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WHEN A FULL MOON OCCURS IN JULY, ALL THE WINDOWS
MUST BE KEPT OPEN TO FREE THE RESTLESS SPIRITS.
IF NOT THE SPIRITS WOULD REMAIN FOR THE REMAINDER OF
THE YEAR.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S GRANDMOTHER WAS TOLD THIS BY HER MOTHER
AND CONTINUED TO PRACTICE THE BELIEF, PASSING
IT ON TO HER CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN.

Where learned: ENGLAND ; COOKHAM RISE ; BERKSHIRE ; RECEIVED IN MAIL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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SISTER'S DAY

IN MAY OUR COUNTRY CELEBRATES MOTHER'S DAY.
IN JUNE OUR COUNTRY CELEBRATES FATHER'S DAY.
IN JULY MY SISTER AND I CELEBRATE SISTER'S DAY.
WE BUY EACH OTHER A GIFT AND SPEND THE DAY TOGETHER. WE
HAVE DONE THIS FOR THE PAST TWELVE YEARS AND HOPE TO
PASS IT ON TO OUR OWN CHILDREN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Movable Date

Date learned: 00-00-1980 ; 00-00-1973

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Superstition

Never eat fish in a month without an "R" in it.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CALENDAR

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Month
Food Drink -- Meat Fish and other animal life related to water

Date learned: 00001930ca

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FESTIVAL CUSTOM (PRESUMABLY CHINESE)

THERE ARE A SEQUENCE OF GHOST FESTIVALS IN JULY IN
DIFFERENT VILLAGES, WHERE IF YOU WANT TO SEE YOUR
GHOST, YOU GET INSIDE A BAMBOO CAGE WHICH ORIGINALLY
HELD CHICKENS. THE THOUGHT BEHIND THIS IS THAT YOU
CAN OBSERVE YOUR GHOST WITHOUT BEING SEEN INSIDE THE
CAGE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT ACTUALLY OBSERVED THIS EVENT IN HIS OWN
VILLAGE.

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

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July

Date learned: 02-12-1971

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THE RUBY, THE JULY BIRTHSTONE, IS A SYMBOL FOR
PASSION.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 11-23-1967

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THE SCOTCH BELIEVE IT IS BAD LUCK FOR EITHER OF TWO LOVERS TO
GIVE THE OTHER ONE A BIBLE BEFORE MARRIAGE OR TO BE MARRIED
IN ANY MONTH HAVING AN "A" IN IT, SUCH AS MAY AND THAT'S
WHY SO MANY PEOPLE MARRY IN JUNE.
THE BRIDE SHOULD NEVER SEE HER MAN ON THE WEDDING DAY
BEFORE TIME FOR THE CEREMONY.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; WILLIAMSBURG

Keyword(s): SCOTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- FIRST MONDAY IN SEPTEMBER
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- First Monday in September
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- First Monday in September
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F100
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F110
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F120
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Marriage Bride and groom must not see each other
BELIEF -- Magic Book
BELIEF -- Bad luck

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IT WON'T RAIN ON THE DARK (FIRST QUARTER MOON) NIGHTS IN JULY.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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IF IT RAINS AND THE SUN SHINES, IT WILL RAIN AT THAT SAME TIME
THE NEXT DAY, MOSTLY IN JULY.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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YOU CAN HEAR CORN GROW AT NIGHT IN JULY.

Where learned: INDIANA ; WABASH

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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THE FIRST THING YOU SHOULD SAY ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH IS,
"RABBIT, RABBIT." SHOULD YOU FORGET, THEN THE LAST THING
BEFORE YOU GO TO BED (IT MUST BE BEFORE MIDNIGHT) YOU SHOULD
SAY IT BACKWARD, "TIBBAR, TIBBAR." YOUR LUCK WOULD NOT BE
AS GOOD BY SAYING IT AT NIGHT, BUT NOT AS BAD AS IF YOU
DIDN'T SAY IT AT ALL.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- First Monday in September
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- First Monday in September
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- FIRST MONDAY IN SEPTEMBER
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F100
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F110
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F120
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Conversions
SPEECH -- Phonology Phonetics

Date learned: 06-22-1972

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OYSTERS CAUSE PTOMAINE POISONING IN MONTHS WITHOUT AN "R".

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Month ; Oysters ; poison

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

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DURING DOG DAYS IT TAKES A CUT A LONGER TIME TO HEAL.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
BELIEF -- Measure of time
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 06-17-1973

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WEATHER PREDICTION

A JULY FLY A'HOLLERING IS A SIGN OF DRY WEATHER.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month

Date learned: 07-07-1973

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