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RAW EGGS FOR STRENGTH

MY MOTHER ALWAYS ATE RAW EGGS FOR STRENGTH.

Submitter comment: COMMON BELIEF; NOT FOLLOWED TODAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation
Food Drink -- Animal product Egg
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 04-15-1967

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IT IS AN ARMENIAN CUSTOM TO BREAK AN EGG ON A NEW
CAR FOR GOOD LUCK. AS A MATTER OF FACT, KELI
TOLD ME, IT IS GOOD LUCK TO BREAK AN EGG ON
ANYTHING NEW. HER MOTHER RECENTLY PURCHASED NEW
CARPETING AND BROKE AN EGG ON IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Food Drink -- Animal product Egg
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink

Date learned: 02-26-1971

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METHOD OF CURE

IF A PERSON OR BABY HAS BEEN ADMIRED (HAIR, LOOKS, DRESS, ETC.), THE
ADMIRER MUST TOUCH THAT WHICH THEY ADMIRED OR ELSE IF THE BABY (OR
OTHER) DEVELOPS A FEVER, THEY WILL CALL THE MEDICINE MAN OR WOMAN TO
CURE THEIR BABY. THE CURE IS A FRESH EGG DRAWN IN A CROSS OVER THE
PERSON WHILE SAYING THE SIGN OF THE CROSS, AND A HAIL MARY, OUR
FATHER OR AN ACT OF CONTRITION. THEY THEN DREW A CROSS OVER THE SICK
PERSON'S EYES, NOSE, MOUTH, HEAD, FOREHEAD, BODY, AND LEGS WHILE
SAYING 2 MORE PRAYERS(3 IN ALL), THE HAIL MARY , OUR FATHER OR ACT OF
CONTRITION. THEY THEN BROKE THE EGG INTO A DISH WHILE SAYING THE
CREED. FOR SOME UNKNOWN REASON, AS THEY BROKE THE EGG, AN EYE
APPEARED IN THE CENTER OF THE YOLK. THE YOLK SOMETIMES APPEARED TO BE
PARTIALLY COOKED. I KNOW IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE, BUT I SAW IT MYSELF.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS WHEN SHE WAS A LITTLE GIRL IN TEXAS.
SHE WAS TAUGHT THIS BY HER MOTHER OR GRANDPARENTS, PRIMARILY HER
GRANDMOTHER. THE INFORMANT DIDN'T SEEM TO COMPLETELY BELIEVE THE
SUPERSTITION, BUT SHE SAID SHE HAD SEEN IT HAPPEN. AND SHE SAID SHE
SAW THE METHOD WORK ON A LITTLE GIRL. SHE DIDN'T WHOLEHEARTEDLY
BELIEVE IN THE SUPERSTITION, THOUGH.
THIS IS ACTUALLY A CURE FOR THE EVIL EYE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Animal product Egg
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Curse
BELIEF -- Curer
BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 01-10-1973

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WRAP HARD BOILED EGGS IN ALUMINUM AND BURY THEM IN ASHES FOR 100
WEEKS--KNOWN AS "100 WEEK OLD EGGS," A CHINESE DELICACY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Animal product Egg

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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BELIEF

YOU SHOULD NOT SPREAD BUTTER WITH A FORK, IT WILL MAKE THE COW
KICK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; MICHIGAN ZOO

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Animal product Egg
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Home

Date learned: 12-00-1969

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BELIEF

OLIVES AND EGGS ARE PASSION FRUITS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): APHRODISIACS

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food
Food Drink -- Animal product Egg
BELIEF -- Home

Date learned: 10-01-1965

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PREGNANCY BELIEF

IF A PREGNANT WOMAN WANTS A BABY BOY, SHE SHOULD PUT A RAW
EGG IN HER BEER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SEX DETERMINATION

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Animal product Egg
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BELIEF

ALWAYS CHRUSH EGGSCHELLS COMPLETELY BEFORE THROWING THEM AWAY
IF YOU DO NOT, THE SHELL HALVES WILL PROVIDE A SHELTER FOR
DANGEROUS SPIRITS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Animal product Egg
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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CUSTOM

PUTTING A RAW EGG IN YOUR SOUP IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH.

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

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Mixed preparation in liquid
Food Drink -- Animal product Egg
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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EASTER CUSTOM

AT EASTER TIME, YOU PASS OUT A HARDBOILED EGG TO EVERYONE PRESENT
AND THEY CUT IT UP INTO AS MANY PIECES AS THERE ARE PEOPLE. THEN
THEY PASS THEM AROUND UNTIL EVERYONE HAS ONE PIECE FROM EACH PERSON.
THIS IS SO THAT YOU WILL STAY CLOSE TO ALL THESE PEOPLE DURING
THE ENSUING YEAR.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A SLOVAK CUSTOM THAT THE INFORMANTS FAMILY DOES PRACTICE.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
Food Drink -- Animal product Egg
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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ITALIAN-AMERICAN COOKING

ONE OF THE BIGGEST TRADITIONS IS STILL ITALIAN SASTU BREAD. IT COMES
IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES AND SOMETIMES IS ALSO MADE WITH EGGS SET INTO
THE DOUGH. IT WAS ALSO GIVEN AS A GIFT AFTER THE PEOPLE HAD HAD IT
BLESSED AT THE CHURCH ON GOOD FRIDAY OR HOLY SATURDAY.

Where learned: OHIO ; AKRON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
Food Drink -- Plant food
Food Drink -- Animal product Egg

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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CENTURY OLD EGG

ON CERTAIN OCCASIONS SOME CHINESE PEOPLE EAT A FOOD CALLED CENTURY
OLD EGGS. THIS FOOD CONSISTS OF DUCKS' EGGS WHICH HAVE BEEN SOFT-
BOILED AND PACKED IN A CONTAINER WITH MUD, ASHES, AND SAWDUST FOR
100 DAYS. THE EGGS ARE THEN SOLD AT THIS POINT. THEY ARE EATEN AT
OCCASIONS SUCH AS WEDDINGS, FESTIVALS, AND CELEBRATIONS FOR GOOD
LUCK. THEY ARE REGARDED AS A DELICACY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HAS ACTUALLY EATEN THESE EGGS ON CERTAIN OCCASIONS. HE SAYS
THAT THEY TASTE GOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Animal product Egg

Date learned: 02-23-1972

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FOOD

WRAP HARD BOILED EGGS IN ALUMINUM AND BURY THEM IN ASHES FOR 100
WEEKS; KNOWN AS "100 YEAR OLD EGGS" AND ARE A CHINESE DELICACY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Animal product Egg

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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BELIEF

ALWAYS CRUSH EGG SHELLS COMPLETELY BEFORE THROWING THEM AWAY.
IF YOU DON'T THE SHELL HALVES WILL PROVIDE A SHELTER FOR
DANGEROUS SPIRITS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD

Keyword(s): Eggs ; GHOST ; Shells ; SPIRIT ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Animal product Egg
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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LEGENDS OF THE UKRAINIAN EASTER EGGS

OF THE VARIOUS TYPES OF EASTER EGGS OF THE UKRAINE, THE PYSANKA AND
THE KRASHANKA ARE THE MOST WIDELY KNOWN. KRASHANKA IS FROM THE WORD
KRASKA WHICH MEANS COLOR. THE KRASHANKA IS A HARD-BOILED EGG WHICH
IS DYED A SOLID COLOR, AND MAY BE EATEN. THE PYSANKA STEMS FROM
THE VERB PYSATY, WHICH MEANS TO WRITE, AS THE DESIGNS ARE ACTUALLY
WRITTEN ON THE EGG, WHICH IS DYED IN SEVERAL COLORS. BUT UNLIKE
THE KRASHANKA THE PYSANKY ARE RAW AND NOT EATEN. IF A WOMAN IS
CHILDLESS AND DESIRES A CHILD. SHE WOULD BE GIVEN AN EGG DECORATED
WITH A CHICKEN, THE SIGN OF A FERTILE CREATURE, AND HOPEFULLY HER
FAMILY WOULD GROW. IT WAS THOUGHT TO BE THE MAN'S FAULT AFTER
THAT. TO HELP THE MAN HE WAS GIVEN AN EGG WITH A PATTERN OF
ROOSTERS. TO HELP OLDER MEN, WHO WERE GOING DOWN HILL WHEN IT
CAME TO THEIR VIGOR, THEY
WERE GIVEN AN EGG DECORATED WITH OAK LEAVES.
AS CHRISTIANITY CAME TO THE UKRAINE SO DID SOME MORE LEGENDS.
THE HUTZELS FROM WESTERN UKRAINE TELL A STORY THAT THE VIRGIN
MARY FILLED HER APRON WITH EGGS, AND WHEN SHE APPEARED BEFORE
PONTIUS PILATE TO PLEAD FOR HER SON, SHE DROPPED TO HER KNEES AND
THE EGGS ROLLED OUT OVER THE SURFACE OF THE WORLD UNTIL THEY WERE
DISTRIBUTED AMONG ALL NATIONS. IN ANOTHER STORY, MARY IS SAID TO
HAVE FILLED A BASKET WITH EGGS WHICH SHE CARRIED TO THE SOLDIERS
SITTING AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS. THERE SHE LEFT IT. AFTER A
TIME, THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST FLOWED DOWN, STAINING THE EGGS WITH
THEIR CHARACTERISTIC COLOR. THE UKRAINIAN EASTER EGGS ALSO
ANSWER THE PROBLEMS OF THE WORLD. AS LONG AS THE PYSANKY TRADITION
REMAINS, AND EGGS CONTINUE TO BE DECORATED, THE WORLD WILL EXIST.
SHOULD THE CUSTOM CEASE, EVIL WILL ENCOMPASS AND DESTROY THE WORLD.
THIS IS BECAUSE AN ANCIENT, VICIOUS CREATURE IS HEAVILY CHAINED
AGAINST A HUGE CLIFF AND EACH YEAR SERVANTS OF THE CREATURE GO OUT
ABOUT THE WORLD AND TAKE COUNT HOW MANY PYSANKY ARE DECORATED IN
THE WORLD. WHEN THERE ARE FEW PYSANKY THE CREATURE'S CHAINS LOOSEN
AND EVIL BEGINS TO FLOW THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. SHOULD THE SERVANTS
FIND THE CUSTOM OF DECORATING EGGS BEING PRACTICED WIDELY THEN THE
CHAINS OF THE MONSTER TIGHTEN, ALLOWING LOVE TO CONQUER EVIL.
PEASANTS PLACED KRASHANKA SHELLS IN THE THATCHED ROOFS OF THEIR
HOMES AND UNDER HAY MOUNDS TO TURN AWAY HIGH WINDS. BEEKEEPERS
PUT THEM UNDER HIVES FOR A GOOD SUPPLY OF HONEY. A KRASHANKA,
BLESSED ON EASTER EVE, WAS SUSPENDED ON A STRING FROM THE NECK
OF AN ILL PERSON, OR TOUCHED TO INFECTED AREAS ON PERSONS SUFFERING
FROM BLOOD POISONING TO EFFECT A CURE.

Submitter comment: FERTILITY SYMBOLS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
Food Drink -- Animal product Egg
BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Universe
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Animal

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TRADITION

A NEW BORN MALAYSIAN WILL RECEIVE RED EGGS AND SMALL GOLD
NECKLACES DURING ITS BIRTHDAY DINNER CELEBRATION FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Animal product Egg
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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GERMAN-AMERICAN MARRIAGE CUSTOM

BEFORE GERMAN MEN GET MARRIED, THEY MUST EAT TWO RAW EGGS THE
NIGHT BEFORE THE WEDDING TO PRODUCE A LARGE FAMILY.

Submitter comment: THE EGG IS A FERTILITY SYMBOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
Food Drink -- Animal product Egg
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: CA00001930

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GERMAN-AMERICAN CUSTOM

A WOMAN IS NEVER TO EAT A DOUBLE-YOLKED EGG BECAUSE IT WILL
CAUSE INFERTILITY.

Submitter comment: MOST DOUBLE-YOLKED EGGS DO NOT HATCH. THIS MAY EXPLAIN THE
INABILITY TO BEAR OFFSPRING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
Food Drink -- Animal product Egg
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: CA00001930

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MEDICINE

A SYRIAN CURE FOR WARTS HOLDS THAT THEY CAN BE TREATED
SUCCESSFULLY IF AN EGG IS BROKEN OVER THEM AND THEN BURIED.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER ; TRANSFER

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Animal product Egg
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00001920S

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TO DETERMINE THE SEX OF EGGS, LOOK AT THE SMALL ENDS. EGGS WITH MALE
GERMS HAVE WRINKLES AT THE SMALL ENDS, WHILE THOSE CONTAINING FEMALE
GERMS WILL BE QUITE SMOOTH.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS AS A CHILD IN INDIANA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Animal product Egg

Date learned: 03-04-1982

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