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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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ETHNIC BELIEF

THERE IS A CEMETERY BEHIND ASSUMPTION GROTTO CHURCH IN NORTHEAST
DETROIT AND IT HAS A GROTTO IN IT. THE GROTTO SUPPOSEDLY LOOKS LIKE
LOURDES. ON AUGUST 16, THE FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION, ITALIANS FROM
ALL OVER THE CITY WALK TO THE GROTTO TO PRAY AND TO ASK FOR MIRACLES
I DON'T KNOW WHY IT SEEMS TO BE JUST ITALIANS. THERE ARE CRUTCHES
AND BRACES ON THE WALL OF THE GROTTO THAT WERE LEFT BEHIND BY PEOPLE
WHO WERE SUPPOSED TO HAVE BEEN CURED. NOW I GUESS THE PEOPLE USE
TRANSPORTATION TO GET THERE' BUT THEY DIDN,T USED TO.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT SEEMED TO BELIEVE PEOPLE HAD BEEN CURED AT THE GROTTO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 16
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 21 solstice to September 22
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Shrine Memorial
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-00-1975

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SUPERSTITION

IT WAS TOLD BY MY GREAT AUNT THAT IF ONE DID NOT PUT
OU ON THE KITCHEN TABLE MILK AND
COOKIES FOR ST. JOACHIM, ONE WOULD SUFFER BAD LUCK AND FATAL ILLNESS
FOR TEN YEARS.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 686.1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July 6
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 16
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert
Food Drink -- Drink from animal product Milk
BELIEF -- P 88
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Number P686.U.10
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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