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MARBLES ON THE UPSTAIRS FLOOR

THE INFORMANT'S AUNT WAS BORN AND RAISED IN IRELAND. SHE HAD
MOVED TO THE U.S. BUT HAD GONE BACK TO IRELAND AFTER THE DEATH
OF ONE OF HER CHILDREN. WHEN RETURNING TO IRELAND, THEY MOVED
INTO A HOUSE IN WHICH THEY DID NOT USE THE SECOND FLOOR. RETURN-
ING ONE EVENING FROM GOOD FRIDAY DEVOTIONS IN CHURCH, THE AUNT
NOTICED A LIGHT MOVING FROM ONE END OF THE HOUSE TO THE OTHER
ON THE SECOND FLOOR. THEY THOUGHT NOTHING OF THE LIGHT AT FIRST,
UNTIL THEY REALIZED THAT THE LIGHT COULD NOT MOVE FROM ONE END
OF THE HOUSE TO THE OTHER WITHOUT GOING THROUGH A COUPLE OF
WALLS. WHEN THEY RETURNED HOME THEY QUESTIONED THE CHILDREN
ABOUT HAVING BEEN UPSTAIRS. THE CHILDREN CLAIMED THAT THEY HAD
NOT BEEN UP THERE. THE FATHER AND TWO BROTHERS WENT UPSTAIRS
TO LOOK AROUND BUT COULD FIND NOTHING. THE DOG WOULD NOT GO
UPSTAIRS. THAT NIGHT THERE WAS A TYPE OF NOISE ON THE FLOOR
UPSTAIRS. THE NOISES CONTINUED EVERY NIGHT, GETTING LOUDER AND
LOUDER AND TURNING INTO SOFT CRIES AND MOANING. THE AUNT HAD THE
HOUSE BLESSED TWICE WITHIN TWO WEEKS TO RID IT OF THE NOISE.
AFTER SOME TIME AS THE NOISE GOT LOUDER, THE PRIEST WAS AGAIN
CALLED TO BLESS THE HOUSE. THE FAMILY WENT TO TOWN AND LOOKED
UP THE HISTORY OF THE PREVIOUS OWNERS OF THE HOUSE. THEY FOUND
THAT THE HOUSE HAD ONCE BEEN OWNED BY A VERY WEALTHY MAN. THIS
MAN'S MAID WENT INSANE AND ONE DAY CHOKED THE TWO LITTLE CHILDREN
TO DEATH BY STUFFING MARBLES DOWN THEIR THROATS. UPON RETURNING
TO THE HOUSE WITH THE PRIEST TO AGAIN BLESS IT, THEY FOUND MARBLES
ON THE UPSTAIRS FLOOR. THESE MARBLES HAD BEEN MAKING THE NOISE
IN THE NIGHT. THE BODIES OF THE TWO CHILDREN HAD BEEN PLACED IN
THEIR TOY CHESTS. THESE CHESTS HAD LONG BEFORE BEEN REMOVED.

Where learned: DETROIT ; IRELAND ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Precious stone Gem
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 03-31-1967

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THE BELLS OF GLEN LEE

THE INFORMANT WENT TO LONDON WITH THE LAIRD'S FAMILY WHILE HER
FAMILY STAYED BEHIND AT GLEN LEE, THE COUNTRY ESTATE, AS CARE-
TAKERS. THEY SLEPT IN THE SERVANTS' QUARTERS ABOVE THE KITCHEN
WHERE THE BELLS WERE TO CALL THE SERVANTS. THERE WAS NO ONE ELSE
IN THE HOUSE, BUT SEVERAL TIMES THEY HEARD THE BELLS RING. THE
INFORMANT'S FATHER ATTEMPTED TO DISCOVER A CAUSE, BUT WAS UNABLE
TO DO SO. THIS WAS ABOUT 1917. GLEN LEE IS IN NEW GALLOWI,
KIRKCUDBRIGHTSHIRE IN SCOTLAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home

Date learned: 03-00-1968

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POLISH HOME CUSTOM

A HOLY WATER CONTAINER ALWAYS HUNG AT THE KITCHEN DOOR. WHEN ANYONE
ENTERED FROM OUTSIDE THEY WOULD BLESS THEMSELVES WITH THE WATER.

Submitter comment: THIS CUSTOM ALSO APPLIES TO ENTERING A CHURCH

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 10-16-1974

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"WE USED TO HAVE LONG TALKS AFTER WE WERE THROUGH WITH DINNER.
SOMETIMES WE WOULD TALK FOR 2 HOURS, AND THE DISHES WOULD WAIT."

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 11-05-1972

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"I REMEMBER ONE THING, WE ALWAYS USED TO GET DOWN ON OUR KNEES
TOGETHER
AND SAY OUR PRAYERS AT NIGHT. THE WHOLE FAMILY. IF SOMEONE WAS
GOING OUT OR SOMETHING, WE WOULD ALL DO IT EARLY BEFORE HE LEFT."

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home

Date learned: 11-05-1972

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GRANDPA REMEMBERS WHEN HIS MOTHER USED TO CUT PAPER SQUARES,
ABOUT 8 INCHES BY 8 INCHES EXACT. THIS WAS AFTER THE SUNDAY
PAPERS HAD BEEEN READ. AFTER JUDGING THE PILE SHE SAID, "SON
ATTACH THIS PILE TO THE PEG IN THE OUTHOUSE."

Submitter comment: THESE PAPERS WERE USED AS TOILET PAPER.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTIONAL SHIFT: NEWSPAPERS CONVERTED INTO TOILET PAPER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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BELIEF

IN A JEWISH HOME IF A GENTILE EATS FROM ONE OF THEIR PLATES THE
PLATES ARE BURIED TO PURIFY THEM AGAIN

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WITNESSED THIS 20 YEARS AGO

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration Food container

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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DUNKARDS

DUNKARDS ARE A RELIGIOUS GROUP WHO DO NOT BELIEVE IN HAVING
CURTAINS BECAUSE THEY DO NOT WANT TO SHUT OUT THE WORLD OF GOD. THEY
STILL WEAR THE LONG DRESSES AND THE MEN STILL HAVE BEARDS.

Submitter comment: COLLECTOR TYPED THIS UNDER LOCATION: MEMORIES FROM KANSAS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
BELIEF -- P439

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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GREEK CUSTOM

THE GREEKS HANG THEIR CROSSES ON THE EAST WALLS OF THEIR HOME
WHERE THE SUN RISES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; FACING EAST ; POSITION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window

Date learned: 11-14-1969

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HOUSEHOLD SUPERSTITON

IN MEXICO, WHEN PASSING SALT TO SOMEONE AT THE TABLE, PUT IT
ON THE TABLE, IF YOU HAND IT TO THE ASKER, YOU WILL FIGHT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- P86O
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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NAVAJO INDIANS; NEW MEXICO

WHEN YOU LOCK THE DOOR, YOU TAKE A PINCH OF CORN POLLEN, FACE THE
EAST, AND TOSS THE POLLEN INTO THE AIR PRAYING TO THE
GOD OF THE HOUSE TO WATCH IT DURING ONE'S ABSENCE.

Where learned: NEW MEXICO ; SHIPROCK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: NOT ENTERED BY COLLECTOR

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HOLY WATER FONT

FOR THE TWENTY YEARS THAT I RESIDED AT MY PARENT'S HOME
I CAN NOT REMEMBER EITHER MY BROTHERS OR MYSELF LEAVING
THE HOUSE BY THE FRONT DOOR WITHOUT DIPPING OUR
FINGERS INTO THE HOLY WATER FONT AND MAKING THE SIGN
OF THE CROSS. DESPITE THE FACT THAT IT WAS A HABIT,
MY MOTHER (POLISH) WOULD ALWAYS REMIND US.
AS WE OPENED THE FRONT DOOR SHE WOULD CALL, "DON'T FORGET TO
BLESS YOURSELF". THIS BECAME QUITE EMBARRASSING
AS WE BECAME YOUNG MEN AND WOULD BE LEAVING THE HOUSE WITH
FRIENDS BOTH MALE AND FEMALE. IN HER OWN HOME, WHEN MY
MOTHER WAS A YOUNG GIRL, HER MOTHER WOULD CHASE HER
BROTHERS DOWN THE STREET AND MAKE THEM RETURN TO THE HOUSE
IF SHE SAW THEM GO OUT WITHOUT BLESSING THEMSELVES.
THIS WAS NEVER MENTIONED IF WE WENT OUT THROUGH THE BACK DOOR.
AS I WRITE THIS IT SUDDENLY OCCURS TO ME THAT MY MOTHER ENCOURAGED
US TO USE THE BACK DOOR BY IMPOSING THIS FRONT DOOR
RITUAL UPON US.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
BELIEF -- Water
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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HOUSEHOLD SUPERSTITON

IN MEXICO, WHEN PASSING SALT TO SOMEONE AT THE TABLE, PUT IT
ON THE TABLE, IF YOU HAND IT TO THE ASKER, YOU WILL FIGHT

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Culture ; CUSTOM ; ETHNIC ; FIGHT ; MANNERS ; Mexican ; MEXICO ; Salt ; Sobra Mesa ; SUPERSTITION ; Table

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; POSITION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- P86O
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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SPANISH CUSTOM ; SPANISH VERSE

SANA QUE SANA CULITO DE RANA,
QUE POR LA MANANA YA ESTARA SANA/
GET WELL, GET WELL, LITTLE FROG ASS,
THAT BY MORNING YOU WILL BE ALL RIGHT.
THIS VERSE, IN SPANISH HOUSEHOLDS,
IS REPEATED TO SMALL CHILDREN BY
THEIR FATHER OR MOTHER TO HELP RELIEVE
THE PAIN OF A SMALL INJURY.

Submitter comment: WHEN MY BROTHER AND SISTERS AND I WERE YOUNG AND HAPPENED
TO SKIN A KNEE OR ELBOW OR SOMETHING, MY FATHER
WOULD REPEAT THIS VERSE TO US WHILE PATTING THE KNEE,
ELBOW, ETC. IN AN EFFORT TO MAKE US FEEL BETTER.
HE ALWAYS RECITED IT IN SPANISH, AND I NEVER KNEW THE
TRANSLATION UNTIL RECENTLY.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO ; AGUADA

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.750
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home

Date learned: CA00001930S

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CUSTOM

IN CONNECTION WITH THE EASTER TRADITION, ALL REMNANTS OF BLESSED
FOOD NOT EATEN ARE TO BE BURNED, AND NOT THROWN OUT IN THE
GARBAGE. THIS IS DONE OUT OF RESPECT FOR BLESSED ITEMS.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home

Date learned: CA00001950S

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CUSTOM

AFTER COMING INTO THE HOUSE FROM ATTENDING MASS, SOMEONE SAYS,
"PRAISED BE JESUS CHRIST." AND SOMEONE ANSWERS, " FOREVER AND
EVER, AMEN." THESE WORDS EXPRESS LOVE, GLORY AND HONOR TO THE
LORD.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: CA00001960S

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CUSTOM

A MOTHER SAYS TO HER DAUGHTER, CONCERNING THE AMOUNT OF
PERFUME SHE'S PUT ON: "YOU'D LIKE TO KILL A HORSE."

Submitter comment: THIS LETS THE GIRL KNOW THAT SHE HAS PUT ON TOO MUCH PERFUME;
LITERALLY ENOUGH TO KNOCK OUT A HORSE.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HYPERBOLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: CA00001960S

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CUSTOM ; BELIEF

ON THE NIGHT BEFORE EASTER, YOU TAKE MONEY (CHANGE) AND PUT IT INTO A
DISH OF WATER. NEXT MORNING, EVERYBODY WASHES THEIR HANDS IN IT.
DOING THIS BRINGS WEALTH TO THE HOUSEHOLD.

Submitter comment: TRADITION WAS FOLLOWED IN HIS FAMILY. IT COMES FROM THE SLAVIC CHURCH
TRADITION AND WAS INTRODUCED BY HIS MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTORS HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC AND CONTAGIOUS MAGIC

Subject headings: 663 Holy Saturday
Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 01-00-1979

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CUSTOM ; BELIEF

WE USED TO TAKE AN EASTER EGG TO THE EASTER SERVICE, AND THE PRIEST
WOULD BLESS IT. LATER, AT HOME, EVERYONE EATS A PART OF THE EGG.
DOING THIS BRINGS HEALTH TO EVERYONE.

Submitter comment: COMES FROM SLAVIC CHURCH TRADITION (VIA MOTHER) AND IS FOLLOWED IN
HIS HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTORS HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC AND CONTAGIOUS MAGIC

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 01-00-1979

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CUSTOM ; BELIEF

WHEN YOU GET A NEW HOUSE OR A NEW CAR, MONEY (CHANGE) IS COLLECTED
FROM FRIENDS AND PUT INTO AN UNUSED CORNER OF THE HOUSE OR UNDER A
SEAT IN THE CAR. IT SHOULD LIE UNDISTURBED FROM THEN ON. THIS
BRINGS GOOD LUCK AND SAFETY TO A HOUSE OR CAR.

Submitter comment: HE LEARNED THIS CUSTOM FROM HIS EX-WIFE, WHO IS LEBANESE, AND HE HAS
FOLLOWED IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTORS HOME

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 01-00-1979

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