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MISCELLANEOUS CUSTOMS

A SEAMAN LEAVING THE FORECASTLE TO GO AFT, EITHER FOR HIS TRICK AT
THE WHEEL OR OTHER WORK, GOES AFT ALONG THE LEESIDE OF THE VESSEL,
UNLESS HIS IMMEDIATE DUTY LIES TO THE WINDWARD.
A SEAMAN SUMMONED TO THE CAPTAIN'S CABIN REMOVED HIS CAP AND
DROPPED IT TO THE DECK JUST OUTSIDE THE DOOR.
A MARINER ENTERING A NEW SHIP, OR EVEN AN OLD SHIP, FOR THE FIRST
TIME MAKES CERTAIN THAT HIS RIGHT FOOT IS THE FIRST TO TOUCH THE
DECK.
IT WAS A BREECH OF ETIQUETTE FOR A SEAMAN TO LOCK HIS SEA CHEST
WHILE ON BOARD HIS SHIP. OFFENDERS OFTEN FOUND, WHEN THEY
RETURNED TO THE FORECASTLE FROM THEIR WATCH ON DECK, THAT THE
COVER HAD BEEN NAILED DOWN.
IN THE BRITISH AND UNITED STATES NAVIES, A SCARF OF BLACK SILK IS
WORN, ORIGINALLY AS A MARK OF WARNING (MOURNING?) FOR THE DEATH
OF LORD NELSON.
IN THE ROYAL NAVY, OFFICERS WHO HAVE BEEN ROUND EITHER THE CAPE
OF GOOD HOPE OR CAPE HORN MAY PUT ONE FOOT ON THE WARDROOM TABLE;
BOTH CAPES CARRY THE RIGHT TO PUT BOTH FEET ON THE TABLE.
BY NAVAL CUSTOM THE SENIOR OFFICER PRESENT IS ALWAYS THE LAST
INTO A BOAT AND THE FIRST OUT OF IT.

Submitter comment:

CAPTAIN LUMAS SAYS THAT HE HAS LEARNED THESE CUSTOMS THROUGH THE
YEARS THAT HE HAS BEEN SAILING, BOTH IN THE U.S. NAVY AND UP AT
MACKINAW ISLAND.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MACKINAW ISLAND

Keyword(s): British ; Captain ; Etiquette ; Language ; Lingo ; Naval ; Navy ; POSITION ; Seaman ; Ship ; Uniform ; United States

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; LEFT ; POSITION ; RIGHT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Overall body coverUpper body and arms
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...
SPEECH -- Gesture

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JOCKEY HOLLOW, NEW JERSEY

AT THIS PLACE, THE REVOLUTIONARY ARMY UNDER WASHINGTON SPENT A
BITTER WINTER HERE. THE WINTER WAS SUPPOSED TO BE WORSE THAN THE
ONE AT VALLEY FORGE. THERE IS SUPPOSED TO BE A LEGEND THAT THE
HOLLOW IS HAUNTED BECAUSE ALL OF THE MEN IN THE HOSPITAL DIED AND
THEIR SPIRITS GUARD THE HOLLOW. ALSO, EVERY FEBRUARY 5, SOMEONE
IS SUPPOSED TO BE KILLED THERE.

Submitter comment: LEROY LEARNED THIS WHILE VACATIONING NEAR THE HOLLOW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 5
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

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GENERAL ACTION INVOLVING DEATH

IF A WOMAN'S HUSBAND DIES, SHE HAS TO WEAR BLACK FOR THE REST
OF HER LIFE. IF A MEMBER OF THE FAMILY DIES, YOU MUST WEAR
BLACK FOR ONE YEAR.

Submitter comment: KAY'S FATHER WAS BROUGHT UP IN IRAQ AND UPON COMING TO AMERICA
HE WAS STILL UNDER SOME TRADITIONAL ACTIONS, SUCH AS THIS.
IT SHOWS THE DEEP SORROW AND MOURNING OF THE PEOPLE THAT FOLLOW
THIS ACTION

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 02-00-1974

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DEATH

IN ENGLAND NO PERSON IS ALLOWED TO DIE ON A FEATHER BED.

Submitter comment: THIS CAN BE FOUND IN J. HARLAND & WILKINSON BOOK LANCASHIRE
FOLK}LORE (1869)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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DEATH

OPENING THE WINDOW FOR A FEW MOMENTS IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE LAST
BREATH HAS BEEN DRAWN

Submitter comment: WHEN A PERSON HAS DIED, TO LET OUT THE SPIRIT OF DEATH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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DEATH

IT IS CUSTOMARY TO MAKE A HOLE IN THE HUT, TO ALLOW THE PASSAGE
OF THE SPIRIT OF THE DEAD PERSON OUT.

Submitter comment: THIS STATMENT CAN BE SEEN IN M. COX'S BOOK INTRODUCTION TO
FOLKLORE (1897) AND IS CUT IN THE WALLS OR IN THE CEILING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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POPRAWINY (POPRAVENEE) CUSTOM

THE DAY AFTER A PERSON IS MARRIED, SOME OF THE GUESTS ARE INVITED
BACK TO THE BRIDE'S HOUSE TO EAT SOME OF THE LEFTOVERS FROM THE
WEDDING MEAL. THIS STARTED IN POLAND WHEN PEOPLE WOULD COME MANY
MILES TO A WEDDING, AND THE HOSTS WOULD BE OBLIGATED TO FEED THEM
DURING THEIR STAY. THIS CUSTOM IS ALSO FOLLOWED AFTER FUNERALS
WITH EVERYONE GOING OUT FOR A LUNCHEON AFTER THE CEREMONY. THIS WAS
DONE IN POLISH COMMUNITIES UNTIL CATERED WEDDINGS BECAME COMMON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Day after wedding
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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RHYME

ASHES TO ASHES AND DUST TO DUST;
IF THE GOOD LORD DON'T GET YOU, THE DEVIL MUST.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; HAZELTON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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BURIAL CUSTOMS

WESTERN INDIANS PLACED DEAD BODIES ON ELEVATED PLATFORMS OUT OF
REACH OF MARAUDING ANIMALS TO DRY IN THE SUN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 09-00-1973

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AN ITALIAN TRADITION IS TO SAY A PARTING WORD TO THE DECEASED
INDIVIDUAL AT A FUNERAL AND THEN SLAP THE CASKET AS A SIGN OF
FAREWELL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-17-1972

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AT POLISH FUNERALS, AFTER THE SERVICES, EVERYONE GETS TOGETHER TO EAT
AND DRINK TO CELEBRATE THE DECEASED GOING TO HEAVEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-17-1972

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ITALIAN BURIAL CUSTOM

AN ITALIAN BURIAL CUSTOM IS TO PLACE SEVEN CENTS(/1 NICKLE AND 2
PENNIES) AND A BOOK OF MATCHES IN THE COFFIN. A LADY ALSO RECEIVES
AN APRON BUT THE INFORMANT COULD NOT REMEMBER WHAT A MAN GETS.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COINS

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

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BURIAL CUSTOM

TI WAS A TRADITIONAL BURIAL CUSTOM THAT AS THE CASKET WAS BEING
LOWERED, PETALS OF FLOWERS WERE THROWN ON TOP OF THE CASKET.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT EXPERIENCED THIS WHEN HER GRANDMOTHER WAS BURIED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 09-25-1972

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TRADITION NEW ORLEANS - ALL SOUL'S DAY

PEOPLE GO TO CEMETERY TO CLEAN AROUND TOMBS AND WHITEWASH
THEM. CITY RUNS THESE CEMETERIES. IF A FAMILY DOESN'T CLEAN UP,
THE BODY IS TAKEN OUT AND THE TOMB IS REUSED.

Where learned: VIRGINIA ; KILMARNOCK

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- November 2 All SoulsDay of the Dead
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 23 equinox to December 20 Also used for Advent.
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 11-30-1972

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FUNERALS - SMALL AND SEDATE SOMETIMES OUTSIDE, NOT ELABORATE- DATES
BACK TO "AFTER CIVIL WAR" WHEN NO ONE HAD MONEY.

Submitter comment: COMMON IN VIRGINIA

Where learned: VIRGINIA ; KILMARNOCK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 11-30-1972

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CUSTOM

SIGN OF THE CROSS AFTER COMING ACROSS AN ACCIDENT OR
FUNERAL PROCESSION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): AUTOMOBILE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-30-1972

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FUNERAL

MY MOTHER SAID THAT WHEN SHE WENT TO A FUNERAL OF ONE OF HER
RELATIVES SOMEONE BROUGHT A BABY. SHE WAS TOLD THAT THE BABY WOULD
HAVE TO BE THROWN BACK AND FORTH ACROSS THE GRAVE. IF NOT THE BABY
WOULD CRY AND BE FRETFUL FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR. THEY THEN BEGAN
TO TOSS THE BABY BACK AND FORTH ACROSS THE GRAVE, STARTING AT ONE
END AND ENDING AT THE OTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 10-30-1972

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FUNERAL

DON'T POINT AT A FUNERAL PROCESSION, IF YOU DO YOUR FINGER WILL ROT OFF.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID HER MOTHER TOLD HER THIS WHEN THEY WERE DOWNTOWN ONE DAY
AND THEY SAW A FUNERAL PROCESSION PASSING BY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-30-1972

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PROCESSION

AFTER MASS THE ITALIAN FUNERAL PROCESSION GOES PAST THE
DECEASED HOUSE ON THE WAY TO THE CEMETERY TO SAY GOODBY AND
PICK UP A ROSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 11-09-1972

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BURIAL

AN ITALIAN'S MOST FAVORITE PERSONAL ITEMS ARE BURIED IN THE
COFFIN WITH HIM, SUCH AS HAT, PIPE AND STRAIGHT RAZOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 11-09-1972

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