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CUSTOM

A THAI VALUE WHICH IS CLOSELY AKIN TO THE CHINESE CONCEPT OF
"SAVING FACE" IS THAT OF PRING CHAI, THE DESIRE TO BE HUMBLE,
RESPECTFUL AND CONSIDERATE. THIS CUSTOM IS VERY STRONG IN
THAILAND.

Where learned: THAILAND

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

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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CUSTOM

THE INFORMANT REMEMBERS THAT IT WAS THE CUSTOM AMONG THE MALE ADULT
MEMBERS OF HER FAMILY TO TAKE A PINCH OF SNUFF TOGETHER AS A FORM
OF GREETING. HER FATHER USED TO DISTRIBUTE THE SNUFF FROM A
POINTED ANIMAL HORN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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CUSTOM

IN MALAWI, BEFORE YOU CAN ASK A STRANGER FOR DIRECTIONS, YOU MUST
FIRST BECOME FRIENDS WITH HIM. THIS IS DONE THROUGH A SERIES OF
STANDARDIZED GREETINGS AND GESTURES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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FAMILY CUSTOM

WHEN MY GRANDMOTHER AND HER BROTHERS AND SISTERS WERE ALL MARRIED,
THEY USED TO GET TOGETHER ONCE A MONTH. AT FIRST THEY WENT TO
THEIR MOTHER'S AND FATHER'S HOUSE, BUT AS THEY GOT OLDER AND AS
THE NUMBEER OF GRANDCHILDREN GREW, THEY TOOK TURNS GOING TO EACH
OTHER'S HOUSES. EVERYBODY WOULD BRING SOMETHING DIFFERENT. THIS
HAS PASSED DOWN TO US, BUT WE JUST DO IT ON HOLIDAYS NOW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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DRINKING CUSTOM

IT IS CUSTOM FOR THE HOST TO POUR ANY WINE HE SERVES INTO HIS OWN
GLASS FIRST AND TASTE IT BEFORE HE SERVES IT TO HIS GUESTS.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: 01-30-1971

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CUSTOM

THE OLDEST CHILD IN THE FAMILY GETS TO RIDE IN THE FRONT SEAT OF
THE CAR.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S FAMILY CARRIED THIS OUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

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CUSTOM

WHEN BORROWING A PIN OR ANYTHING SHARP, ALWAYS GIVE THE LENDER A
PENNY SO YOUR FRIENDSHIP IS NOT BROKEN.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD AND SAW THIS PRACTICED SINCE SHE WAS YOUNG (1915),
BUT DOES NOT PRACTICE IT HERSELF. HOWEVER, SHE KNOWS SOME WOMEN
WHO DO PRACTICE THIS TODAY.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

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

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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A CASE OF CRUELTY

INFORMANT TOLD ME THAT HIS GRANDFATHER WOULD PUNISH HIS AUNT WHEN
SHE WAS A LITTLE GIRL (ABOUT 1930) BY CHAINING HER TO THE WALL
WHENEVER SHE WAS DISOBEDIENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BELIEF

IF YOU GIVE ANYTHING SHARP, SUCH AS A KNIFE, AS A GIFT, GIVE A
PENNY ALSO, SO YOU WON'T CUT YOUR FRIENDSHIP.

Where learned: VERMONT ; VERGENNES

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

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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SUPERSTITION

NEVER GIVE ANYONE A PURSE WITHOUT PUTTING A PENNY IN IT, OR IT WILL
BE BAD LUCK

Submitter comment: INFORMANT BELIEVES THIS AND PRACTICES IT.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

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

Date learned: 10-01-1971

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NEW YEAR'S CUSTOM

EXCHANGE APRONS AS GIFTS WITH FRIENDS ON NEW YEAR'S DAY TO KEEP
THE FRIENDSHIPS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT PRACTICES THIS CUSTOM.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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NOT GIVEN

WHEN YOU ARE INVITED TO A PERSON'S HOME FOR DINNER, NEVER GO EMPTY-
HANDED. IF YOU BRING A GIFT OF FLOWERS OR FOOD, SUCH AS CANDY,
YOUR FRIEND WILL ALWAYS HAVE GOOD FORTUNE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT FAITHFULLY PRACTICES THIS CUSTOM. SHE DOES NOT KNOW,
HOWEVER, WHY FLOWERS OR FOOD ARE CONSIDERED BEARERS OF GOOD
FORTUNE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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HOW TO KEEP YOUR BOY FRIEND

WHEN YOY ARE IN A CAR AND YOU DRIVE OVER A RAILROAD TRACK, UNLESS
YOU ARE THE DRIVER, YOU MUST LIFT YOUR FEET IN THE AIR. IF YOU
DON'T, YOU WILL LOSE YOUR BOYFRIEND.

Submitter comment: I DO NOT KNOW WHO FIRST TOLD ME ABOUT THIS PRACTICE, BUT WHEN WE
WERE YOUNGER, MY GIRL FRIENDS AND I USED TO DO THIS ALL THE TIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CUSTOM-DAILY LIFE

IN JAMAICA A MAN MAY HAVE AS MANY CHILDREN AS HE WANTS WITHOUT
BEING MARRIED. THE ONLY CATCH IS THAT HE MUST SUPPORT THESE
CHILDREN. IF HE FAILS TO DO SO, HE IS PUT IN PRISON AND MUST
WORK THERE. THE MONEY HE MAKES THERE ALL GOES TO THE CHILDREN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BELIEF

NEVER GIVING A NEW WALLET TO SOMEONE WITHOUT A NEW PENNY IN IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

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

Date learned: 10-12-1968

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SICILIAN SUPERSTITION

IF YOU GIVE A PERSON AN OBJECT THAT CAN BE ALSO USED AS A WEAPON
(GUN, SCISORS, KNIFE), YOU MUST GIVE THEM A PENNY AS WELL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MILFORD

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

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ITALIAN CUSTOM

THIS IS A WIDELY SEEN CUSTOM IN THE SMALL TOWNS AND VILLAGES OF
ITALY. EVERY MORNING WHEN THE FAMILY GOES OUT TO WORK IN THE
FIELDS, THE FATHER AND CHILDREN RIDE IN A CART, BUT THE MOTHER
WALKS AHEAD OF THE CART CARRYING SOME TYPE OF HEAVY TOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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CURSE

IN THE ORIENT, IF A PERSON REFUSES A GIFT, IT IS TANTAMOUNT TO
CURSING THE GIVER'S FAMILY (LIVING AND DEAD).

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT GOT THIS INFORMATION WHILE IN VIET NAM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 10-27-1969

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RUSSIAN GESTURE

WHEN A RUSSIAN ENTERS ANY PUBLIC BUILDING, HE IS REQUIRED TO TAKE
OFF HIS COAT AND EXCHANGE IT FOR A NUMBERED TAG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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NOT GIVEN

NEVER THANK (ANYONE) FOR FLOWERS OR PLANTS BECAUSE THEY WILL WILT.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WILSON

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

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