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WEATHER BELIEF

THERE WAS NO RAIN UNTIL THE FLOOD (NOAH AND THE FLOOD). PRIOR TO
THIS A MIST COVERED THE EARTH TO PROVIDE MOISTURE.

Where learned: WASHINGTON ; EDWALL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Universe
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 08-02-1970

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IN THEIR RELIGIOUS TRAINING THE PENNSYVANIA DUTCH CHILDREN MAY
BE TAUGHT THE EARTH IS FLAT. SOME GROUPS BELIEVE THIS BECAUSE
THE MAPS IN THE BIBLE MAKE THE WORLD LOOK FLAT AND THEY ACCEPT
COMPLETELY EVERYTHING CONTAINED IN THE BIBLE, FROM COVER TO
COVER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Universe
BELIEF -- P439
BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: 11-02-1972

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STARS

STARS WERE MADE WHEN THE TREES GREW SO TALL THAT THEY POKED HOLES
IN THE SKY.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HIS MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Universe
BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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LEGEND BELIEF

IN MY FAMILY, THERE HAS BEEN A LEGEND GOING FROM GENERATION TO
GENERATION. THIS LEGEND IS THAT IN THE YEAR 2000, THE WORLD WILL
COME TO AN END. I WAS TOLD THIS FROM MY UNCLE. I BELIEVED IT
THEN, BUT NOW I HAVE MY DOUBTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Universe
BELIEF -- Legend

Date learned: 02-29-1972

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MYSTERY SPOT-GRAVITY

THIS IS A SPOT AT ST. IGNACE MICHIGAN IN THE U.P. WHERE BECAUSE
OF A GHOST HAUNTING THE PARK, THE GRAVITY IS EXTRA-STRONG, AND
YOU CAN STAND ON THE WALL OF A CABIN AND NOT FALL BECAUSE OF THIS
GRAVITY ABNORMAL FORCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ANTI-GRAVITY ; UPPER PENINSULA=U.P.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Universe
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Earth

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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HILL LEGEND

THERE IS A CERTAIN HILL AROUND WINSTON SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA
WHERE A CAR WILL ROLL
UPHILL WITH THE DRIVER'S FOOT OFF THE GAS PEDAL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ANTI-GRAVITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Universe
BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: 04-00-1970

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LAND ORIGIN BELIEF

BOTH THE JAPANESE AND IRISH BELIEVE THAT THEIR COUNTRIES ARE
PIECES OF HEAVEN THAT FELL INTO THE OCEAN.

Submitter comment:

I HEARD THIS FROM SOMEONE, BUT CANNOT REMEMBER WHO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Universe
BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IN IRELAND, THERE IS THE BELIEF OF FAERY, WHICH IS ON A DIFFERENT
PLANE THAN THIS UNIVERSE. ON HALLOWEEN THE DOOR BETWEEN THESE TWO IS
OPEN AND ANYONE FROM THIS UNIVERSE CAN FALL INTO FAERY, AND ANYONE
FROM FAERY CAN FALL INTO THIS UNIVERSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Universe

Date learned: NO DATE INDICATED.

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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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SIGNS OF REVELATIONS

WHEN THE FIG TREES BLOOM IT IS A SIGN THAT THE WORLD IS NEARING
ITS END.

Submitter comment: MY AUNT WATCHES THE FIG TREE THAT SHE HAS IN HER YARD CONSTANTLY
TO SEE IF IT HAS BLOOMED.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; MILLEDGEVILLE

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Universe
BELIEF -- Origin of Characteristics of Plants
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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FEAR OF UNKNOWN

IF YOU GET A GOOD JOB, THEY'LL LET YOU LEAVE, BUT IT'S
DANGEROUS OUT THERE. I'M SURPRISED YOU'VE LIVED THIS LONG.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Universe

Date learned: 06-26-1973

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FEAR OF UNKNOWN

NO, HONEY. I'M NOT INTERESTED IN WHAT GOES ON AT CLOVERBOTTOM.
WHY THERE'S A TERRIBLE PLACE THERE THAT THEY LOCK YOU UP AND
THROW AWAY THE KEY IF THEY DON'T LIKE THE WAY YOU LOOK.
YEAH, THEY THROW AWAY THAT KEY!

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Universe

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FULL MOON

WHEN THERE'S A FULL MOON, THE RESIDENTS ALWAYS ACT UP. THE
FULL MOON ALWAYS BRINGS TROUBLE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Universe

Date learned: 06-18-1973

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FEAR OF UNKNOWN

THE RESIDENTS ARE GENERALLY AFRAID OF MOVING OUT. SOME OF
THEM BELIEVE IT IS DANGEROUS TO THEIR LIVES.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Universe

Date learned: 07-03-1973

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MYSTERY SPOT-GRAVITY

THIS IS A PARK AT ST. IGNACE, MICHIGAN, IN THE U.P. WHERE, BECAUSE OF A GHOST HAUNTING IT, THE GRAVITY IS EXTRA-STRONG, AND YOU CAN STAND ON THE WALL OF A CABIN AND NOT FALL BECAUSE OF THIS
GRAVITATIONAL FORCE.

Data entry tech comment:

"U.P." IS MICHIGAN'S UPPER PENINSULA

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; informant's home

James Callow Keyword(s): ANTI-GRAVITY ; UPPER PENINSULA = U.P.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Universe
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Earth
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal P477.13

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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HILL LEGEND

THERE IS A CERTAIN HILL IN NORTH CAROLINA, AROUND WINSTON-SALEM, WHERE A CAR WILL ROLL UP A HILL WITH THE DRIVER'S FOOT OFF THE GAS.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; collector's home

James Callow Keyword(s): ANTI-GRAVITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Universe
BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: 04-00-1970

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LAND ORIGIN BELIEF

BOTH THE JAPANESE AND IRISH BELIEVE THAT THEIR COUNTRIES ARE PIECES OF HEAVEN THAT FELL INTO THE OCEAN.

Submitter comment:

I HEARD THIS FROM SOMEONE, BUT CANNOT REMEMBER WHO.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; 9526 Ward

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Universe
BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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