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CHILD BODY PART BELIEF

LITTLE GIRLS GET THEIR EARS PIERCED 3 DAYS AFTER THEY ARE BORN.

Submitter comment: A PRACTICE OF SABINAS MEXICO.
THE INFORMANT EXPRESSED THAT THERE IS NO LUCK CUSTOM INVOLVED AND IT
IS JUST A DECORATIVE TRADITION (INFORMANT BORN IN SABINAS).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 686.1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Human or animal body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 11-00-1981

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MY GRANDMOTHER EXPLAINED THAT IN ITALY, WHERE SHE WAS BORN,
IT WAS A PRACTICE TO PIERCE THE EARS OF LITTLE BABIES, BOTH
BOYS AND GIRLS. THE BELIEF BEHIND THIS CUSTOM WAS THAT IT
WOULD HELP TO MAINTAIN GOOD HEARING FOR THE CHILD THROUGHOUT
HIS OR HER LIFE.

Submitter comment: I FIND IT INTERESTING THAT THIS WAS SUCH A HIGHLY
RESPECTED CUSTOM FOR BOTH BOYS AND GIRLS, BECAUSE NOW WE
SOMETIMES THINK IT STRANGE FOR A MAN TO HAVE A PIERCED EAR.

Where learned: EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Human or animal body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Use of Object Human beings and their activities

Date learned: 10-00-1983

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DURING THE DEPRESSION, SOUTHERN BLACK WOMEN WHO DIDN'T HAVE
THE MONEY TO BUY HAIR GREASE TO USE WHEN PRESSING THEIR HAIR
USED LARD INSTEAD.

Submitter comment: TOLD BY HER GRANDMOTHER AND PASSED ON
LARD=ANIMAL FAT

Where learned: NORTH CAROLINA ; CARTHAGE

James Callow Keyword(s): BEAUTIFICATION ; COSMETICS

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Human or animal body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 00001950S

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DURING THE 1930s, BLACK WOMEN WHO DIDN'T HAVE EYEBROW
PENCILS WOULD STRIKE A MATCH, BLOW OUT THE FLAME, TAKE THE
WARM TIP AND SCRAPE IT AGAINST THE INSIDE WALL OF THE
FIREPLACE AND USE THE TIP AS AN EYEBROW LINER.

Submitter comment: SHE USED MANY GESTURES.

Where learned: NORTH CAROLINA ; CARTHAGE

James Callow Keyword(s): BEAUTIFICATION ; COSMETICS

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Human or animal body

Date learned: 10-14-1984 ; 00-00-1950

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In India the elephants are decorated on the faces,
trunks, and ears with reliefs that represent the
Hindu and Buddhist god Genesha, god of fortune
and wisdom.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Human or animal body

Date learned: 00-00-1990

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When I was on the island of Freeport in the Bahamas I learned
of a traditional way that the Bahamian people wear their hair.
They braid all of their hair into tiny braids called cornrows and
decorate these braids with colorful beads. These braids last up
to three months. During this time the hair can still be washed.
They like this style because the weather is very warm and the
braids keep the hair away from their face and it is also a very
carefree style.

Where learned: FREEPORT ; Grand Bahamas

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Human or animal body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak

Date learned: 00-00-1992

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PUT VANILLA FLAVORING BEHIND EARS FOR PERFUME.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BEAUTY ; NATURAL ; Perfume ; Vanilla

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Custom
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Human or animal body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear
BELIEF -- Plant
SPEECH -- Extra Corporal Means of Communication

Date learned: 09-17-1973

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MASH UP RED BERRIES FOR LIPSTICK AND PUT ON LIPS.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BEAUTY ; Berries ; Lipstick ; Makeup

James Callow Keyword(s): ADORNMENT BEAUTIFICATION ; COSMETICS

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Human or animal body
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Color Design

Date learned: 09-17-1973

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