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SOUTH AFRICAN TRIBAL BELIEF

ZULUS--A SOUTH AFRICAN TRIBE NEAR PETER'S HOME--DESPISE THE
CHAMELEON. THEY SAY THEIR GOD MADE IT ONE OF THE SLOWEST
CREATURES ON EARTH TO PUNISH IT.
ONCE, AS THE STORY GOES, THE CHAMELEON WAS SO SWIFT THE ZULUS
CALLED ON IT TO CARRY A MESSAGE TO THEIR GOD TO SAVE THEM FROM
A GREAT DISASTER. THE CHAMELEON ARRIVED TOO LATE TO PREVENT THE
TRAGEDY BECAUSE IT DAWDLED ON THE WAY.
ANOTHER STORY BLAMES THE CHAMELEON FOR ROBBING MAN OF ETERNAL
LIFE. THE CREATOR SENT THE CHAMELEON TO TELL MAN HE WOULD LIVE
FOREVER. A MISCHIEVOUS ORDINARY LIZARD OVERTOOK THE CHAMELEON
AND TOLD THE PEOPLE THEY WOULD DIE. WHEN THE CHAMELEON BROUGHT
THE TRUE MESSAGE, NO ONE BELIEVED IT.
TODAY, MANY SOUTH AFRICAN TRIBESMEN KILL THE CHAMELEONS THEY COME
ACROSS AS PUNISHMENT. ORDINARY LIZARDS ALSO ARE KILLED FOR
BRINGING THE BAD NEWS.

Submitter comment: FROM "CHAMELEON TONGUE HAS BOARDINGHOUSE REACH," IN "NATIONAL
GEOGRAPHIC SCHOOL BULLETIN," VOL. 42, NO. 15, (JAN. 27, 1964),
P. 237.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Human Life

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HUMAN SIZE MYTH

GRANDMA USED TO SAY THAT PEOPLE A LONG TIME AGO WERE SO BIG THAT
THEY COULD DRAW A HOE FROM ONE HILL TO ANOTHER WITH ONE STROKE.
WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE CLASS. THE PEOPLE IN THE FUTURE WILL GET SO
SMALL THAT THEY WILL BE ABLE TO FLAY WHEAT IN A OVEN.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT TENDS TO BELIEVE IN THE MYTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Human Life
BELIEF -- Abnormal in size

Date learned: 02-22-1970

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NEGROES

WHEN I WAS A YOUNG GIRL IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN, THE KIDS ON OUR
BLOCK HAD A STORY ABOUT NEGROES. WE BELIEVED THAT THE REASON THEIR
SKIN WAS SO DARK WAS THAT WHEN GOD WAS MAKING PEOPLE, HE FORGOT AND
LEFT THEM IN THE OVEN TOO LONG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR SHAPE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Human Life

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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NEGRO SCARS

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THE NEGROES ARE A CURSED RACE BY GOD. BEFORE ALL NEGRO MEN DIE, A
SCAR WILL BE VISIBLE ON THEIR BODY. THIS IS PROOF THAT THEY HAVE
BEEN CURSED BY GOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): RACISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Human Life
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Date learned: 02-18-1970

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BABIES

IN CERTAIN PRIMITIVE TRIBES IN EAST AUSTRALIA, IT IS BELIEVED THAT
FEMALE BABIES ARE CREATED BY BAHLOO, THE MOON, WHILE MALE INFANTS ARE
ARE FASHIONED AT A NEAR-BY FACTORY SUPERVISED BY BOOMAYAHMAYAHMUL,
THE WOOD LIZARD. ACCORDING TO THEIR BELIEF, THE BABIES, AFTER BEING
CREATED IN SPIRIT BY THESE WOODLAND DIETIES, SUSPEND THEMSELVES
ON CERTAN COOLALABAH TREES WHENCE THEY ENTER--MORE OR LESS
PROMISCUOUSLY--THE BODIES OF PASSING WOMEN AND THERE BECOME
INCARNATED.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): IMPREGNATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Human Life

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE BELLY BUTTON STORY

HOW DO YOU GET YOUR BELLY BUTTON? WHEN GOD TAKES THE BABIES OUT
OF THE OVEN IN HEAVEN, HE POKES THEM IN THE TUMMY AND SAYS YOU ARE
DONE.

Submitter comment: ORIGIN: KENTUCKY OR TENNESSEE TRUCK DRIVER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Human Life

Date learned: 07-27-1964

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WHERE BABIES COME FROM

TWO STORIES ARE TOLD WHEN A YOUNG CHILD ASKS WHERE BABIES COME FROM.
THE FIRST IS THAT A STORK BRINGS HIM AND PUTS HIM DOWN THE CHIMNEY.
THE SECOND IS THAT THE MOTHER AND FATHER FOUND HIM UNDER A CABBAGE
LEAF IN THE CABBAGE PATCH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Human Life

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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LEGEND

THE MESA VERDE INDIANS WHO LIKE (LIVE IN?) THE AREA KNOWN
TODAY AS MESA VERDE
NATIONAL PARK, BELIEVED IN THE RITUAL OF THE SIPAPU--A SMALL HOLE
IN THE EARTH. CREATION ITSELF BEGAN FROM THIS SMALL HOLE WHERE
MAN PASSED FROM A NONDISTINCT FORM INTO THE SHAPE OF A HUMAN
AS HE EMERGED FROM THE SIPAPU. THE INDIANS WOULD CARRY OUT A RITUAL
THE MAIN EPISODE BEING THROWING SOME SORT OF INCENSE INTO THE
CREVICE, AND BURNING IT. THIS WOULD CHASE AWAY EVIL SPIRITS COMING
TO EARTH. THE STORY OR BELIEF IS REPEATED TODAY BY MANY INDIANS
OF THE AREA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FIRE

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Human Life
BELIEF -- Fire
BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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EFFECTS OF DRINKING

WHEN AN INDIVIDUAL GETS DRUNK HE LOSES ALL THE GOOD GRACES
HE HAS STORED UP IN HEAVEN AND WHEN HE REPENTS, HE GETS THEM
ALL BACK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

James Callow Keyword(s): ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Human Life
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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WHEN A FEMALE IS IN HER CYCLE, SHE SHOULDN'T TOUCH
ANY PLANT OR CROPS BECAUSE IF SHE DOES THEN THEY WILL
DIE. THE REASON FOR THIS IS BECAUSE GOD CURSED WOMEN WITH
THIS CURSE BECAUSE EVE NED AND SO THE CURSE IS SIN
SINFUL AND CAN KILL LIVING PLANTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MENSTRUATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Gods
BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Human Life
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

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THE INDIANS USED TO BELIEVE THAT A FOOL OR AN IDIOT WAS
TOUCHED BY THE GODS.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Gods
BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Human Life
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed

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BABIES ARE FOUND UNDER THE CABBAGE LEAVES IN THE GARDEN.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): Babies ; BABY ; Cabbage ; GARDEN ; Tale

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Human Life
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Birth

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MY BODY LIES OVER THE OCEAN,
MY BODY LIES OVER THE SEA,
MY DADDY LIES OVER MY MOMMIE,
THAT'S HOW I CAME TO BE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): ORIGIN OF BABIES

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Human Life
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 11-11-1973

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WORD USAGE

THE MENTALLY RETARDED OF ALL AGES ARE CHILDREN. THEY ARE
OFTEN CALLED SUCH.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Human Life

Date learned: 06-18-1973

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BELIEF

THE WOMEN AIDES AT CLOVRBOTTM HAVE MUSCLES LIKE MEN AND WILL
BREAK YOUR NECK IF YOU DO SOMEHTING WRONG.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Human Life

Date learned: 06-26-1973

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BELIEF

IS THAT SO? WELL, I KNOW THE SOCIAL WORKERS AREN'T VERY
STRONG. MOST OF 'EM ARE SKINNY, THAT7S WHY THEY'RE NOT
AIDES.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Human Life

Date learned: 06-26-1973

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RESPECT

SOME OF THE RESIDENTS WON'T COME INTO THE OFFICE, THEY DON'T
THINK IT'S PROPER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Human Life

Date learned: 06-18-1973

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