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CUSTOM

MARY WAS A BASE NURSE IN OKINOWA FOR EIGHT YEARS AND SHE SAID IT
WAS THE CUSTOM FOR THE LADIES TO ALWAYS CARRY A HEAD PAN ON
HER HEAD WHILE SHE WENT ABOUT HER DUTIES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; Okinawa

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Head

Date learned: NOT INCLUDED

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HUMAN DEFORMATION

MAYANS PUT BOARDS ON THEIR BABIES' HEADS SO THAT THE HEAD
WOULD COME TO A POINT. THIS WAS DONE TO MAKE THE
CHILDREN MORE BEAUTIFUL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Head
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face

Date learned: 02-07-1970

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SUPERSTITION

IF YOU PUT A MAN'S HAT ON YOUR BED YOU WILL BECOME PREGNANT.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTAGIOUS MAGIC

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Head
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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WEATHER BELIEF

A BLACK BELIEF IS THAT BLACKS HAVE A GREATER SUSCEPTIBILITY TO
PNEUMONIA WHEN IT RAINS AND ARE BEST PROTECTED FROM THIS BY
WEARING A HAT.

Submitter comment: BLACK CUSTOM

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): AFRO-AMERICAN

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Head
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 00001940S

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TO GO ABOUT BAREHEADED ON A MOONLIT NIGHT DRIES UP THE BRAIN AND THE
PERSON WILL EVENTUALLY GO MAD.

Where learned: TANZANIA ; EAST AFRICA

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Head
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 03-00-1982

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POPE JOHN PAUL II VISITED DETROIT ON
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1987. THE DETROIT NEWS,
IN THEIR MORNING EDITION ON PAGE 5A, INCLUDED
WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS AND GRAPHIC ILLUSTRATIONS
SHOWING HOW TO FOLD PAGES OF THE NEWSPAPER INTO
"A PAPAL HAT."

Submitter comment: A COPY OF THE NEWSPAPER PAGE WILL BE SUBMITTED
TO THE ARCHIVE AT U OF D. ALSO INCLUDED IS A
PHOTOGRAPH FROM THE MACOMB DAILY NEWSPAPER FROM
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1987 WHICH SHOWS TWO BOYS
WEARING THE PAPAL HATS THAT THEY MADE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Head

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DURING THE BRIDAL DANCE AT THE END OF
A POLISH WEDDING, THE BRIDE DANCES WITH
THE GROOM FOR A SHORT WHILE, THEN THE
FIRST COUPLE COMES TO DANCE,
BUT THE MAID-OF-HONOR (IF SHE
IS SINGLE) REMOVES THE BRIDE'S VEIL FROM
THE BRIDE AND PUTS IT ON HER HEAD. SHE
PUTS HER BRIDESMAID'S HAT ON THE BRIDE'S
HEAD. EACH OF THE COUPLES, ONE AT A TIME,
CONTINUE TO JOIN IN THE DANCE AND EACH
TIME THE NEXT BRIDESMAID EXCHANGES HER
HAT WITH THE PERSON WEARING THE VEIL, IF
SHE IS SINGLE.

Submitter comment: THIS TRADITION SIGNIFIES THAT THE BRIDE
IS NO LONGER A BRIDE, SHE IS NOW A MARRIED
WOMAN. THAT IS WHY ONLY THE SINGLE BRIDESMAIDS
ARE ALLOWED TO DANCE WITH THE VEIL.

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Head

Date learned: 04-20-1968

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TRADITION

IT HAS BECOME A TRADITION AMONG HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE
STUDENTS TO HANG THEIR TASSELS FROM THE REAR-VIEW MIRROR
OF THEIR CAR.

Submitter comment: THIS REFERS TO THE TASSELS WORN ON THE HATS WORN WITH
GOWNS AT SCHOOL (HIGH SCHOOL OR COLLEGE) GRADUATIONS.

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Head

Date learned: 00001970S CA

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IF YOU DON`T WANT TO DREAM WHILE SLEEPING YOU SHOULD SLEEP
WITH A HAT ON YOUR HEAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Head
BELIEF -- Dreams

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It was said if you wore two hats you were going to get a double
whooping.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVER ROUGE

James Callow Keyword(s): Punishment -- beating

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Head

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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DON'T PUT A HAT ON THE TABLE, IT BRINGS BAD LUCK TO YOUR
HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Head
BELIEF -- Bad luck

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IF AN UNDERTAKER COMES TO YOUR HOUSE, YOU SHOULD NEVER LET
HIM LEAVE HIS HAT. BECAUSE WHEN HE RETURN FOR THE HAT, HE WILL
BE TAKING A BODY WITH HIM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Head
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA THE GIRLS ALL WORE THEIR HAIR COMBED
STRAIGHT BACK WITH ONE BRAID DOWN THEIR BACK, TIED
WITH A RIBBON. WHEN A GIRL GOT MARRIED, HER
GODMOTHER WOULD MAKE A BUN ON TOP OF HER HEAD AND
ALSO PLACE A LITTLE BONNET ON TOP OF HER HAIR. FROM
THAT DAY ON, A MARRIED GIRL WOULD NEVER WEAR HER HAIR
ANY OTHER WAY OR EVER GO BARE-HEADED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Head

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO AT ANYTIME WEAR TWO HATS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BAD LUCK ; Hat ; Hats ; HEAD ; LUCK ; Wear

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Head
BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 11-22-1972

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A HAT

DON'T PUT A MAN'S HAT ON THE BED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; COLUMBIA

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Head
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

I WAS TOLD THIS BY AN OLD-MAID TEACHER IN HIGH SCHOOL:
"GOOD GIRLS DON'T WEAR HAIR CLIPS IN PUBLIC, AND
I THINK YOU ALL KNOW WHY." THE USUAL REASON WAS THAT
HAIR CLIPS REMIND BOYS OF THE BEDROOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SEX

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Head
SPEECH -- To Be Seen

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AS A SIGN OF RESPECT MEN TIP THEIR HATS WHENEVER THEY
PASS A CHURCH.

Submitter comment: THIS CUSTOM IS NOT SO PREVALENT AMONG YOUNGER CATHOLICS
BUT IT WAS AND IS STILL PRACTICED AMONG THE OLDER MEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Head
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
SPEECH -- Respect
SPEECH -- Religious

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHENEVER PASSING A CHURCH, NOD YOUR HEAD OR TIP YOUR HAT.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Head
SPEECH -- Religious

Date learned: 09-24-1969

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