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DOG DAYS

I WAS ALWAYS TOLD BY MY MOTHER AND MY FATHER THAT THE LAST
DAYS OF AUGUST WERE DOG DAYS BECAUSE IT WAS SO HOT. THEY TOLD
ME NEVER TO MESS WITH DOGS THEN BECAUSE THE HEAT MADE THEM
SULLEN AND UNPREDICTABLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 16
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month

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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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BAD LUCK

DON'T BUY BROOMS IN AUGUST. IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: I THINK THAT THIS IS A VERY CRAZY BELIEF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1978

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IF THE 24TH OF AUGUST BE BRIGHT AND CLEAR,
IF THE FIRST WEEK OF AUGUST BE UNUSUALLY WARM,
THE WINTER WILL BE WHITE, COLD, AND LONG
THEN HOPE FOR A PROSPEROUS AUTUMN THAT YEAR.

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR ; METONYMY: WHITE FOR SNOW ; TEMPERATURE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 24
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter
BELIEF -- Measure of time AutumnFall
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 02-15-1968

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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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THE FOLLOWING IS IN THE INFORMANT'S OWN WORDS.
"SOMEWHERE IN THE FORMATION OF MY DAD'S FAMILY TRADITIONS,
THE FIRST SUNDAY IN AUGUST BECAME FAMILY REUNION DAY. ALL THE
KINFOLK WOULD GATHER AT THE ANCESTRAL FARM ON STATION CAMP CREEK
SOUTH OF IRVINE, KENTUCKY FROM ALL POINTS OF THE COUNTRY.
EVERYONE WOULD ARRIVE LADEN WITH BASKETS OF FRIED CHICKEN, POTATO
SALAD, GREEN BEANS, CORN BREAD, APPLE, BLUEBERRY, BLACKBERRY,
POTATO, AND CHERRY PIES, JUGS OF ICED TEA, AND COOLERS OF POP.
BUT BEFORE ANY OF THIS BANQUET WAS SET OUT, WE HAD TO HAVE
SERVICE. THE OLD TOBACCO DRYING BARN BECAME OUR TABERNACLE. ANY
OF THE MINISTERS AMONG US, AND THERE WERE USUALLY THREE OR FOUR,
WERE CALLED UPON TO HANDLE PRAYIN' AND PREACHIN'; AND EACH FAMILY
WAS EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE WITH A "SPECIAL NUMBER." BY MY TIME,
THESE "SPECIAL NUMBERS" HAD BECOME STANDARD HYMNS HEARD ANYWHERE
IN THE COUNTRY. BUT MY UNCLE TAUGHT ME ONE WHICH HAD BEEN A
FAVORITE WHEN HE WAS A YOUNG-UN:

"IN A LONELY CHURCHYARD MANY MILES AWAY
LIES A DEAR OLD MOTHER NEATH THE COLD, COLD CLAY.
MEM'RIES OFT RETURNING OF HER TEARS AND SIGHS
IF YOU LOVE YOUR MOTHER, MEET HER IN THE SKIES.
LISTEN TO HER PLEADING, "WANDERIN' ONE COME HOME,"
EARNESTLY ENTREATING, "DO NO LONGER ROAM."
LET YOUR CONSCIENCE WAKEN, HEAVENWARD LIFT YOUR EYES.
IF YOU LOVE YOUR MOTHER, MEET HER IN THE SKIES."

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; IRVINE

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Emotion
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Summer

Date learned: 00001940S

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Every second weekend of August has been the standing time of
our family gathering, we refer to it as the Hejka (my maiden name)
Round-Up. We all go up to my parents' home and we pitch our tents
on their property to camp and have a good time. Each year someone
is in charge of organizing the activities, such as golfing,
fishing, hiking, swimming, eating and of course the campfires and
just plain relaxing and enjoyment by all. This is a great idea to
have the same date every year so that everyone knows well enough in
advance to be able to participate.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HOUGHTON LAKE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August

Date learned: 00-00-1989

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO BUY A BROOM IN AUGUST.

Submitter comment: GERTRUDE INHERITED THIS BELIEF FROM HER ITALIAN
MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 07-13-1964

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ITALIAN

IT IS CONSIDERED BAD LUCK TO CLEAN DUST WEBS FROM YOUR
HOUSE OR ACTUALLY ANY KIND OF CLEANING IN THE MONTH
OF AUGUST. MUST BE DONE BEFORE AUGUST 1 OR REST
OF THE YEAR WILL BRING BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: (ALSO SEE THE SAME INFORMANT'S CONTENTION THAT
ITALIANS FROWN ON AUGUST WEDDINGS, PERHAPS BECAUSE
IT'S THE MONTH OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN--P545)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.2

Date learned: 12-00-1969

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AUGUST WEDDINGS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.41

Date learned: 03-17-1970

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO BUY BROOMS IN AUGUST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.21

Date learned: 09-14-1969

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FOR EVERY FOG IN AUGUST, THERE WILL BE A BIG SNOW IN THE
WINTER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RED BOILING SPRINGS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs

Date learned: 04-10-1972

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THE NUMBER OF FOGS IN AUGUST EQUALS THE NUMBER OF SNOWS
THAT WILL FALL THAT WINTER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LAFAYETTE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 03-29-1969

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THE NUMBER OF SNOWS IN THE WINTER CAN BE PREDICTED BY THE
NUMBER OF FOGGY MORNINGS DURING AUGUST.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; DORM ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs

Date learned: 05-08-1969

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YOU CAN COUNT THE NUMBER OF FOGS IN AUGUST AND PREDICT
THE NUMBER OF SNOWS FOR THE WINTER. A HEAVY FOG MEANS A
HEAVY SNOW; A LIGHT FOG MEANS A LIGHT SNOW.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; FLORENCE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 07-03-1970

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AS MANY FOGS AS THERE ARE IN AUGUST, THERE WILL BE SNOWS
IN THE WINTER.

Submitter comment: HEARD BY INFORMANT FROM LOCALS WHO BELIEVED IT SINCERELY.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through A time segment or a direction

Date learned: 06-13-1972

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SUMMER CEDARS WILL DIE IF THEY ARE CUT WHEN THE MOON IS FULL
IN AUGUST.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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