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MAGIC BELIEF

IF COWS WOULD NOT GIVE MILK IT WAS BECAUSE A WITCH HAD CAST A
SPELL. THE ONLY WAY TO RELEASE THE SPELL OR BREAK IT WOULD
BE TO PUT PINS IN THE MILK STRAINER, AND THIS WOULD HURT THE
WITCH. THUS SHE WOULD HAVE TO RETURN AND RELEASE THE SPELL.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID USUALLY TOLD BY FORTUNE TELLERS IN POLAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Drink from animal product
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 02-07-1971

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MAGIC BELIEF

IF A COW DOES NOT PRODUCE LOTS OF MILK, IT IS BECAUSE THE WITCH
HAS CAST A SPELL. THEREFORE DURING ALL HOLY DAYS, POLISH
VILLAGERS WOULD BURN BLESSED HERBS IN AN INCENSE BURNER IN THE
BARN, BELIEVING THE SMOKE WOULD CHASE AWAY THE WITCH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Drink from animal product
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 02-07-1971

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TAUNT

LIAR, LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE
HANGING FROM A BULL'S TAIL
WHEN THE BULL BEGINS TO PEE
YOU WILL GET YOUR CUP OF TEA

Submitter comment: JULIE LEARNED THIS FROM HER FATHER WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD.
INSULT
RETORT
RHYME: ABCC
INTERNAL RHYME
URINE AS DRINK

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

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
Food Drink -- Drink from animal product

Date learned: CA00001966

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