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FORMING MICHIGAN

ONE DAY THE INDIAN GOD WAS DRAWING THE VARIOUS LANDS ON THE GLOBE.
AND AS HE WAS TRACING ALONG, HE HAD TO LEAN ON THE LAND WITH HIS
OTHER HAND FOR SUPPORT. WELL, WHEN HE GOT DONE DRAWING AND HE
STOOD BACK TO LOOK AT HIS WORK, HE FOUND THAT HE HAD MADE A BIG
HAND PRINT RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE LAND. WELL, THAT HAND PRINT
IS NOW THE STATE OF MICHIGAN.

Submitter comment:

THIS LEGEND WAS TOLD TO MY SISTER ONE DAY IN SCHOOL.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Lansing

Keyword(s): CREATION ; ETYMOLOGY ; GEOGRAPHY ; INDIAN ; Legend ; Lore ; MICHIGAN ; Native American ; Origin

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Creation and Order of Universe
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formation
BELIEF -- Creator

Date learned: 11-01-1968

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POINTING

IF YOU POINT AT THE SKY YOU SHOULD BITE YOUR FINGER BECAUSE YOU
ARE POINTING AT GOD.

Submitter comment: THIS SAYING WAS TOLD TO STOP CHILDREN FROM POINTING.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creator
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: CA11001973

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JEST, ANECDOTE

ON THE HOLYDAY OF THE HOLY GHOST A PRIEST SAID TO A MAN,
" WHEN I
SING HOLY GHOST SHOW YOURSELF, LET THE PIGEON OUT FROM
UNDERNEATH YOUR COAT. " THE CHURCH WAS CROWDED THAT
HOLYDAY AND THE PEOPLE BEING SO CLOSE TOGETHER, CHOKED THE BIRD
TO DEATH. THEN LATER WHEN THE PRIEST SANG OUT, " HOLY
GHOST SHOW YOURSELF " , THE MAN SANG BACK, " HE
ISN'T HERE, HE ISN'T HERE; HE CHOKED HIMSELF."

Submitter comment: THIS IS FUNNY BECAUSE GOD ISN T SUPPOSED TO DIE. THIS WAS LEARNED
IN RUSSIA. THIS ITEM IS TRANSLATED FROM THE RUSSIAN LANGUAGE.

James Callow comment: ANTHROPOMORPHISM ; ANIMAL
DNC[ 1,419
******************** C FILE 1 ********************

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RUSSIA ; Sterling Heights

James Callow Keyword(s): ANTICLERICAL ; PENTECOST

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
BELIEF -- Creator

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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DEVIL'S NECESSITY

ASHES TO ASHES
DUST TO DUST
IF THE LORD WON'T TAKE YOU
THE DEVIL MUST

Submitter comment: INFORMANT COULD REMEMBER HEARING THIS ITEM IN GRADE SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGION

James Callow Keyword(s): BURIAL ; INITIAL REPETITION ; PARODY ; RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Creator
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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STORM BELIEF

WHEN IT THUNDERS AND LIGHTINGS, GOD IS ANGRY WITH HIS PEOPLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): LIGHTNING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creator
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

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STORM BELIEF

WHEN IT IS LIGHTNING, JESUS IS TAKING YOUR PICTURE SO YOU SHOULD
SMILE, WHEN IT THUNDERS, HENRY HUDSON AND HIS MEN ARE BOWLING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creator
BELIEF -- Secular hero
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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THUNDER BELIEF

THUNDER SHOWS THAT GOD IS ANGRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creator
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

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THUNDER EXPLANATION BY GOD BELIEF

THUNDER IS CAUSED WHEN GOD IS MOVING FURNITURE IN THE SKY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creator
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 02-02-1970

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BELIEF

LIGHTNING INDICATES THAT GOD IS STRIKING BACK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): RETRIBUTION PUNISHMENT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creator
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 09-30-1965

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FLOWER BELIEF

IF YOU RECEIVE FLOWERS FROM SOMEONE, DON'T THANK THEM.
OTHERWISE, THEY WON'T GROW. GOD SHOULD BE THANKED FOR
CREATING FLOWERS AND MAKING THEM GROW.

Where learned: WARREN

James Callow Keyword(s): PLANT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creator
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 02-22-1970

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BIRTH BELIEFS

IF A FAMILY WANTED A BABY THE PARENTS HAD TO PLACE AN ORDER DIRECTLY
TO GOD
THEN IF GOD THOUGHT THEY SHOULD HAVE A BABY THE PARENTS HAD
TO CLIMB UP A GOLDEN LADDER TO HEAVEN TO PICK IT UP

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creator
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 02-00-1977

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NEVER EAT RICE ON SUNDAY BECAUSE IT IS DISRESPECTFUL TO GOD.

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

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Cereal
BELIEF -- Creator
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 03-00-1982

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FORMING MICHIGAN

ONE DAY THE INDIAN GOD WAS DRAWING THE VARIOUS LANDS ON THE GLOBE.
AND AS HE WAS TRACING ALONG, HE HAD TO LEAN ON THE LAND WITH HIS
OTHER HAND FOR SUPPORT. WELL, WHEN HE GOT DONE DRAWING AND HE
STOOD BACK TO LOOK AT HIS WORK, HE FOUND THAT HE HAD MADE A BIG
HAND PRINT RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE LAND. WELL, THAT HAND PRINT
IS NOW THE STATE OF MICHIGAN.

Submitter comment:

THIS LEGEND WAS TOLD TO MY SISTER ONE DAY IN SCHOOL.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Lansing

Keyword(s): CREATION ; ETYMOLOGY ; GEOGRAPHY ; INDIAN ; Legend ; Lore ; MICHIGAN ; Native American ; Origin

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Creation and Order of Universe
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formation
BELIEF -- Creator

Date learned: 11-01-1968

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FORMING MICHIGAN

ONE DAY THE INDIAN GOD WAS DRAWING THE VARIOUS LANDS ON THE GLOBE.
AND AS HE WAS TRACING ALONG, HE HAD TO LEAN ON THE LAND WITH HIS
OTHER HAND FOR SUPPORT. WELL, WHEN HE GOT DONE DRAWING AND HE
STOOD BACK TO LOOK AT HIS WORK, HE FOUND THAT HE HAD MADE A BIG
HAND PRINT RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE LAND. WELL, THAT HAND PRINT
IS NOW THE STATE OF MICHIGAN.

Submitter comment:

THIS LEGEND WAS TOLD TO MY SISTER ONE DAY IN SCHOOL.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Lansing

Keyword(s): CREATION ; ETYMOLOGY ; GEOGRAPHY ; INDIAN ; Legend ; Lore ; MICHIGAN ; Native American ; Origin

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Creation and Order of Universe
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formation
BELIEF -- Creator

Date learned: 11-01-1968

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STORM BELIEF

WHEN IT THUNDERS AND LIGHTENS, GOD IS ANGRY WITH HIS PEOPLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; informant's home

James Callow Keyword(s): LIGHTNING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creator
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 07-10-1969

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LIGHTNING AND THUNDER

WHEN IT IS LIGHTNING JESUS IS TAKING YOUR PICTURE SO YOU SHOULD
SMILE. WHEN IT THUNDERS, HENRY HUDSON AND HIS MEN ARE BOWLING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; A&P FOOD STORE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creator
BELIEF -- Secular hero
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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THUNDER BELIEF

THUNDER SHOWS GOD'S ANGRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creator
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 09-30-1965

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WEATHER BELIEF

THUNDER IS CAUSED WHEN GOD IS MOVING FURNITURE IN THE SKY.

Where learned: informant's home

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creator
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 02-02-1970

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BELIEF

LIGHTNING INDICATES THAT GOD IS STRIKING BACK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): RETRIBUTION PUNISHMENT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creator
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 09-30-1965

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FLOWER CUSTOM AND BELIEF

IF YOU RECEIVE FLOWERS FROM SOMEONE, DON'T THANK THEM. IF YOU DO, THE FLOWERS WON'T GROW. GOD SHOULD BE THANKED FOR CREATING THE FLOWERS AND MAKING THEM GROW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; INFORMANT'S HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): PLANT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creator
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 02-22-1970

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