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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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GRANDPA REMEMBERS WHEN HIS MOTHER DIDN'T HAVE SUPPER ON TIME
USUALLY THE EXCUSE WAS THE BUTCHER GAVE HER A TOUGH PIECE OF
MEAT. OF COURSE, THE OVER THE FENCE GOSSIPING WITH NEIGHBORS
ALL AFTERNOON HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SATIRE OF WOMEN SEXISM

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

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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HEAD OF FAMILY

SERVE THE HEAD OF THE FAMILY FIRST OR THE FAMILY WILL NO LONGER
HAVE A PROVIDER.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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JEWISH BELIEF

JEWS CANNOT EAT PORK BECAUSE IT IS UNCLEAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

James Callow Keyword(s): SEMITISM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- P439

Date learned: 02-28-1971

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SUPERSTITION PERTAINING TO WOMEN AND CHICKEN

A WOMAN MUST NOT EAT CHICKEN LEST HER CHILDREN BECOME
FLIGHTY HEADED LIKE THE BIRDS. THIS ABSTINENCE IS REQUIRED
THROUGHOUT HER ENTIRE LIFE NOT JUST DURING PREGNANCY.

Submitter comment: THE SUPERSTITION IS PROPER TO THE BATOORO TRIBE OF ABOUT
100,000 PEOPLE IN UGANDA. THE SUPERSTITION IS DYING OUT
WITH INCREASED RECOGNITION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): AFRICA ; ANIMAL ; HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC ; SEXISM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
Food Drink -- Meat Bird Poultry

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PREGNANCY BELIEF

DURING HER PREGNANCY HER MOTHER-IN-LAW MADE HER EAT A LITTLE OF
EVERYTHING ON THE DINNER TABLE, BECAUSE SHE BELIEVED THAT IF A
PREGNANT WOMAN SAW FOOD AND DID NOT EAT IT, HER CHILD WOULD BE
MARKED OR DEFORMED AT BIRTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PREGNANCY BELIEF

A PREGNANT WOMAN SHOULD NOT EAT APPLES, IT WILL CAUSE HARM TO
THE CHILD.

Submitter comment:

HER MOTHER TOLD HER, OLD CROAATION BELIEF

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): APPLE AS ORIGINAL SIN SYMBOL ; HOMEOPATHIC

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

Date learned: 10-07-1970

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CUSTOM

EATING THE DESSERT FIRST AT ANY MEAL IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH.

Submitter comment: INFORMANTS FATHER USED TO PRACTICE THIS CUSTOM. HE BROUGHT IT WITH
HIM FROM A GERMAN SETTLEMENT AROUND PITTSBURGH.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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INDEX OF TAPE 750002, SIDE A

PRONUNCIATION OF NAME
WHERE I LIVE IN THAILAND
GAMES
COUNTING OUT
HIDE AND SEEK
CAN'T PLAY AT NIGHT (TABU)
MEASURING AND COUNTING TIME
ONOMATOPEIA
FEEDING MONKS
MORE ABOUT TIME
GAMES AGAIN
COPS AND ROBBERS
GOALS
HIDING OBJECTS
KITE' FLYING AND KITE FIGHTS
HIDING THE DOLL LIKE A TISKET-A-TRASKET

Where learned: THAILAND

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
SPEECH -- S563

Date learned: 00001960S

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TAPE OF MISCELLANOUS INFORMATION

INVENTORY OF TAPE;NIGERIAN FUNERALS,NAMING CEREMONY, WEDDINGS,
CARE OF TEETH, PARTIES FOR I6-AND 2!-YEAR-OLDS,CONFIRMATION
EATING CUSTOMS, BEHAVIOR AND ATTITUDES OF NIGERIANS BACK FROM ABROAD,
CELEBRATION OF APRIL FOOLS BEFORE NOON

Where learned: NIGERIA ; POSSIBLY SOMETHING ABOUT IRELAND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Baptism Naming rite
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
SPEECH -- Gesture

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DINNER COMPLIMENT (SYRIA)

THE HOSTESS IS PAID A COMPLIMENT BY HER GUESTS IF THEY "BELCH"
AFTER HAVING A DINNER. THIS "BELCH" SHOWS THE HOSTESS THAT THE
MEAL WAS VERY GOOD AND VERY SATISFYING.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): BELCHING POLITENESS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 03-25-1968

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BURPING

IN INDIA THE PLEASING MANNER OF EXPRESSING A GOOD MEAL IS TO BURP
IN YOUR HOSTESS'S PRESENCE.
THIS IS REMEMBERED AS A COMMENT AFTER A VERY GOOD MEAL AT A FINE
RESTAURANT IN ATHENS, GREECE.

Where learned: GREECE ; ATHENS

Keyword(s): POLITENESS BURPING

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 08-00-1969

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DINNER CUSTOM

AN OLD GERMAN CUSTOM WAS FOLLOWED VERY CLOSELY AT MY GRANDMOTHER'S
HOUSE. THE CHILDREN WOULD STAND BEHIND THEIR CHAIRS AT THE DINING
TABLE UNTIL AFTER THEIR FATHER SAID PRAYERS AND SAT DOWN FIRST.
HE WAS VERY STRICT ABOUT THIS AND OBLIGED HIS CHILDREN TO DO THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 03-31-1971

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IN BELGIUM AT MEALTIME THE CHILDREN WERE NEVER ALLOWED TO SPEAK AT
THE DINNER TABLE. HIS FATHER NEVER ALLOWED HIM TO SPEAK ONE WORD
DURING ALL THE MEAL. MR. VALKEN DID NOT THINK THAT THIS WAS RIGHT
BUT HIS FATHER WOULD HIT THEM IF ONE OF THE CHILDREN TALKED DURING
A MEAL.

Where learned: HOME ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 10-20-1971

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CUSTOM

MAKING THE SIGN OF THE CROSS WITH A KNIFE, OVER FOOD
ABOUT TO BE CUT, SIGNIFIES A BLESSING OF THE FOOD
BEFORE IT IS EATEN.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: CA00001960S

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PRODUCT OR ACTIVITY OF MAN

AT A GREEK MEAL IT IS AN INSULT IF YOU TURN YOUR GLASS UPSIDEDOWN,
THIS MEANS THAT YOU DO NOT LIKE THE MEAL.

Submitter comment: I FIND THIS VERY STRANGE, BUT I BELIEVE THAT IT IS TRUE. WHY WOULD
ANYONE WANT TO TURN THEIR GLASS UPSIDEDOWN ANYWAY ?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHGATE

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION, DIRECTION

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

Date learned: 01-00-1979

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OMEN

IF YOU DO NOT EAT YOUR DINNER YOU WILL HAVE TO EAT IT FOR BREAKFAST.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER TOLD ME THIS TO TRY AND MAKE ME EAT EVERYTHING ON MY PLATE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: CA00001965

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SUPERSTITION

ALWAYS CLEAR YOUR PLATE OR IT WILL RAIN TOMMORROW.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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CABBAGE IS COOKED ON NEW YEAR'S DAY FOR GOOD LUCK. THE LEAVES
ON THE CABBAGE REPRESENT MONEY THAT PEOPLE BELIEVE WILL COME TO
THOSE EATING IT.

Submitter comment: SYMBOL

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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