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ST. HUGO OF THE HILLS

THIS CHURCH IS LOCATED JUST OFF OF WOODWARD ON UPDYKE ROAD. IN
ITS BASEMENT ARE FOUND BURIAL VAULTS OF THE CLERGY OF THAT ORDER.
THE SPIRITS OF THESE PRIESTS ROAM THE CHURCHYARD AT NIGHT PROTECT-
ING THE PROPERTY AGAINST ANY EVIL DOERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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OUR LADY OF LOURDES CHURCH

OUR LADY OF LOURDES CHURCH IN PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, IS A
QUAINT LITTLE CHURCH LOCATED ON LANCASTER AVENUE AT 63RD STREET.
THE TRADITION AROUND THERE IS THAT THIS CHURCH WAS BUILT BY ALL
THE MAIDS OF THE SURROUNDING RICH FAMILIES (ALTHOUGH IT IS NO
LONGER A RICH SECTION). IT WAS TO BE JUST THEIR OWN LITTLE
CHURCH, BUT IT IS EVEN USED TODAY (AND BY EVERYBODY).

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHURCH ; Origin

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Holy placeChurchTemple

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LEGEND: PROHIBITION

THERE IS A METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH ON THE CORNER OF GARLAND
AND JEFFERSON IN DETROIT. DURING THE YEARS OF PROHIBITION THE
PASTOR THERE WAS REVEREND STIDGER, KNOWN TO THE PUBLIC AS AN
ARDENT PROHIBITIONIST. ON TOP OF HIS CHURCH WAS A REVOLVING
CROSS THAT WAS ILLUMINATED AND COULD BE SEEN FROM THE RIVER.
IT IS ALLEGED THAT WHEN THIS CROSS WAS LIT AND REVOLVING, THIS
WAS A SIGNAL TO THE RUM-RUNNERS ON THE RIVER CONCERNING WHETHER
THE GUARDS WERE ON DUTY OR NOT, SO THAT THEY COULD MOVE THE
CONTRABAND ACROSS THE RIVER.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDFATHER (MR. VAN ANTWERP) HAS TOLD ME OTHER STORIES OF THE
RUM-RUNNING DURING PROHIBITION. HE SAYS HE KNOWS FOR A FACT IT
WAS GOING ON, BUT AS TO WHETHER THE CROSS ON THE CHURCH HAD ANY-
THING TO DO WITH IT, HE THINKS IT WAS ONLY A RUMOR. HE DID SAY
THAT IT POSSIBLY COULD HAVE HAPPENED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE PARK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NEW JERSEY

NEW PROVIDENCE WAS ORIGINALLY KNOWN AS TURKEY TOWN IN THE 17TH
CENTURY. IN THE 18TH CENTURY, A BALCONY IN THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH
FELL DOWN DURING A SUNDAY SERVICE, BUT NO ONE WAS HURT. SINCE THE
PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH FELT THAT THIS WAS AN ACT OF PROVIDENCE,
THEY NAMED THE TOWN, NEW PROVIDENCE.

Submitter comment: LEE LEARNED THIS WHILE LIVING IN NEW PROVIDENCE DURING HIS JUNIOR
HIGH YEARS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church

Date learned: 09-25-1967

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LEGEND

THERE IS A HOUSE IN DETROIT THAT IS SUPPOSEDLY THE HAUNTED HOUSE
TO END ALL HAUNTED HOUSES. IT WAS BUILT BY A RATHER WELL-TO-DO
MAN WHO HAD A WIFE AND DAUGHTER. IT'S LOCATED ON HUBBELL JUST
PAST PURITAN. NEXT TO THE HOUSE HE BUILT A CHAPEL. IT'S ONE OF
THOSE SMALL STONE FAMILY AFFAIRS. BEFORE THE CHAPEL WAS COMPLETED
HIS WIFE DIED. HE HAD HER BURIED UNDER THE ALTAR. SHORTLY AFTER
THIS SAD EVENT, THE ARMS OF THE MADONNA ON THE SIDE ALTAR, WHICH
HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN RAISED, WERE NOW DOWN TOWARD THE GROUND. NO
CRACKS IN THE MARBLE COULD BE FOUND, NO CONCRETE REASON FOR THE
PHENOMENON. (PARDON THE PUN.) AFTER THE DEATH OF HIS WIFE AND
THE EPISODE OF THE MADONNA, HIS DAUGHTER WAS KILLED IN SOME TRAGIC
MANNER. HER BODY WAS INTERRED BENEATH THE ORGAN. SINCE THEN THE
MAN HAS MOVED TO FLORIDA, BUT NEIGHBORS HAVE REPORTED STRANGE
HAPPENINGS IN THE VICINITY OF THE CHAPEL AND HOUSE. ONE WOMAN
ACROSS THE STREET HAS REPORTED SEEING A WHITE FIGURE ROAMING ABOUT
IN THE TREES BESIDE THE CHAPEL.
THE CHAPEL IS A FAVORITE SPOT FOR NEIGHBORHOOD CHILDREN TO EX-
PLORE, USUALLY IN LARGE GROUPS IN BROAD DAYLIGHT AND NEVER ON
HALLOWEEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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FOLLOW THAT DREAM

THERE IS A BEAUTIFUL CHURCH IN HAWAII WHOSE WALLS ARE COVERED WITH
PAINTINGS IN BEAUTIFUL WATER COLOR. THERE IS A LEGEND WHICH SAYS
THAT A YOUNG PRIEST WAS SENT TO THE ISLAND MANY YEARS AGO TO BUILD
THE CHURCH. ONCE BUILT, HOWEVER, HE COULDN'T GET THE NATIVES TO
ATTEND. HE HAD A DREAM IN WHICH HE SAW HIMSELF PAINTING. HE TOOK
IT AS A SIGN FROM GOD, AND NEXT DAY HE BEGAN PAINTING PICTURES
NEAR HIS CHURCH. THE NATIVES, CURIOUS, WOULD COME EACH DAY AND
WATCH HIM, EVENTUALLY ACCEPTING HIM AS THEIR FRIEND. THE
PAINTINGS STILL HANG IN THE CHURCH.

Submitter comment: HEARD AT SCHOOL SEVERAL YEARS AGO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Art Craft

Date learned: 08-08-1964

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CHURCH SINKS

THERE IS A CHURCH IN SPAIN THAT WAS HIT BY A TIDAL WAVE AND SUNK
BENEATH THE GROUND. PEOPLE WHO WALK ON THE SHORE WHERE IT ONCE
STOOD SAY THEY CAN STILL HEAR THE ANGELUS BELLS RING AT NOON.

Submitter comment: HEARD FROM A GUIDE WHILE ON A TOUR OF EUROPE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 06-00-1964

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CHURCH

WHEN NAPOLEON CAME TO INVADE MALTA OF ITS CHURCHES' RICHES, A
SACRISTAN OF ST. JOHN'S CATHEDRAL PAINTED THE SOLID SILVER DOOR
BLACK. NAPOLEON WAS FOOLED AND JUST RECENTLY THE BLACK PAINT
HAS BEGUN TO CHIP OFF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone

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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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MARRIAGE

PARSIS OF INDIA WILL NOT PERFORM A MARRIAGE IN THE DARK OF THE
MOON

Submitter comment: THIS INFORMATION WAS GIVEN TO ME BY RABBI HALPERN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): PARSEE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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JEWISH CUSTOM --BARMITZVAH

AT THE AGE OF 13 A BOY IS READY TO ACCEPT THE FULL
RESPONSIBITIES OF THE JEWISH FAITH.

Submitter comment: BY THIS CUSTOM A BOY TAKES ON THE ROLE OF A MAN IN THE JEWISH
RELIGION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD

Subject headings: 686 Specific number by specific number being described
686 Specific number by specific number being described
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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BIRTH CUSTOM

A WOMAN WHO GAVE BIRTH WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO LEAVE HER HOUSE UNTIL
SHE WENT TO HER CHURCH AND WAS BLESSED. THERE IS A SUPERSTITION
THAT SAYS THAT IF SHE BREAKS THIS CUSTOM EITHER HER OR THE CHILD
WOULD SUFFER SOME TRAGEDY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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WHEN YOU GO INTO A NEW CHURCH, ONE THAT YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN IN
BEFORE, YOU SHOULD MAKE A WISH AND SAY A HAIL MARY, AN OUR FATHER
AND A GLORY BE. YOUR WISH WILL BE GRANTED

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 09-10-1972

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FIRST VOWS IN THE JESUITS

IT IS SAID THAT THE TRADITIONAL BREAKFAST ON THE DAY THAT NOVICES
ARE TO PRONOUNCE FIRST VOWS IS CORNED BEEF HASH AND POACHED EGGS.

Submitter comment: DUE TO PERHAPS A SIMILARITY BETWEEN VOWING PERPETUAL CHASTITY AND
THE VISUAL APPEARANCE OF POACHED EGGS.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church

Date learned: 09-20-1972

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GRANDPA TELLS WHEN HE WENT TO SCHOOL. HE WENT TO CHURCH EVERY
SUNDAY WITH HIS MOTHER, AFTER BOTH CAME HOME HE WOULD GET A SMACK
IN THE HEAD. HE WONDERED FOR A LONG TIME WHAT FOR. BUT AS HE GOT
OLDER HE KNEW THE NUNS AND MOTHER USED TO STAND TOGETHER AFTER
CHURCH AND WHAT WAS SPILLED BETWEEN THE TWO HE NEVER COULD FIND
OUT.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PUNISHMENT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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BIRTHDAY CUSTOM

A GIRL'S 15TH BIRTHDAY IS CELEBRATED BY TAKING THE GIRL TO CHURCH
AND GIVING HER A GOLD RING. THE GIRL CAN TAKE 6 OTHER GIRLS WITH
HER. THESE GIRLS BUY THE BIRTHDAY DRESS AND EVERYTHING THAT GOES
WITH IT.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT CELEBRATED HER 15TH BIRTHDAY THIS WAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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WHEN YOU GET MARRIED AND YOU HAVE TWINS, DON'T COME TO ME FOR SAFETY
PINS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): RHYME: AA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church

Date learned: 09-13-1972

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CHURCH CUSTOM

WHEN YOU PASS A CHURCH, EITHER ON FOOT OR IN A CAR, YOU BOW YOUR
HEAD AND WHISPER, "JESUS, MARY, AND JOSEPH."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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CUSTOM

IT IS THE CUSTOM OF THE AMISH TO GROW ALL THEIR OWN FOOD AND NEVER
TO SHOP AT A MODERN GROCERY STORE. THEY ALSO DO NOT USE ANY
MODERN APPLIANCES SUCH AS ELECTRICITY OR MODERN PLUMBING. THEY
DON'T USE CARS OR ELECTRIC LAMPS. THEY GET AROUND IN A HORSE AND
BUGGY AND THEY USE GAS LAMPS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
BELIEF -- P439

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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VIET NAM WAR BELIEF

ST. PAUL EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN HAS OFFERED
ITSELF AS A SANCTUARY FOR 17 PROTESTORS OF THE VIET NAM WAR
AND THE DRAFT

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS ON THE RADIO

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): REFUGE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church

Date learned: 10-16-1967

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