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MISTER PUMPKIN EATER

IF YOU ARE NOT IN BED AT THE TIME YOU ARE TOLD, A GIGANTIC
PUMPKIN HEAD WILL COME IN YOUR ROOM AND EAT YOU

Submitter comment: I USED TO TELL MY SISTER THIS WHEN I BABYSAT AND SHE
WOULDN'T GO TO BED. YOU CAN IMPROVE ON IT BY ADDING SCARY
SOUNDS AND GESTURES. I'M NOT SURE WHERE I LEARNED IT, BUT SINCE
THEN WE TELL IT TO CHILDREN WE BABYSIT FOR.

Where learned: HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): CARNIVEROUS PLANT ; FUNCTION: TO SCARE CHILD INTO GOING TO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Supernatural Being
BELIEF -- Plant

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GHOST LIGHTS

NEAR I-75 IN FLORIDA THERE IS AN ABANDONED STRIP OF ROAD WITH
THREE LARGE HILLS. IF YOU WAIT AT THE TOP OF THE THIRD HILL, YOU
CAN SOMETIMES SEE THE GHOST LIGHTS. THIS LARGE, EERY LIGHT
STARTS AT THE BASE OF THE FIRST HILL AND CLIMBS THE THREE HILLS,
DISAPPEARING TEMPORARILY BEHIND THE HILLS. NON-BELIEVERS SAY IT
HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE LIGHT FROM I-75 AND THE FOG. HOWEVER,
A GROUP OF COLLEGE KIDS WAITED TO SEE IT ONE NIGHT. WHEN IT CAME
VERY CLOSE, THEY COULDNT START THEIR CAR. THE LIGHT SEEMED
TO CLIMB ON TOP OF THE CAR AND SHAKE IT. ONE BOY LOOKED AT IT
AND WENT INSANE, ANOTHER SAID IT WAS THE FACE OF GOD. A MAN
WATCHED THE LIGHT WITH HIS FAMILY. WHEN IT APPROACHED, HE
PULLED A GUN OUT OF HIS GLOVE COMPARTMENT. THE GUN WAS LOADED, BUT
IT WOULD NOT FIRE. THE LIGHT SHOOK THE CAR. WHEN IT WAS GONE, THE
MAN TRIED THE GUN AGAIN. HE FIRED SIX SHOTS INTO A NEARBY MAILBOX
WITH NO TROUBLE AT ALL. WHEN YOU GO THERE, YOU CAN STILL SEE THE
HOLES IN THE MAILBOX.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT WENT TO THE PLACE TO WATCH FOR THE GHOST LIGHTS. HE
SAW SOMETHING BUT ISN'T SURE EXACTLY WHAT IT WAS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

James Callow Keyword(s): EERIE ; MYSTERIOUS LIGHT

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Supernatural Being

Date learned: 11-11-1970

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SAMA DAVA

SAMA DAVA LITERALLY MEANS 'ALONE MAIDENS' IN BULGARIAN. THESE
ARE YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL GIRLS WHO HAVE BEEN ABDUCTED BY EVIL
SPIRITS AND TAKEN INTO THE WOODS. HERE THEY REMAIN IMMORTAL,
AS THEY TRY TO TEMPT YOUNG SHEPHERD BOYS INTO JOINING THEM. THE
SAMA DAVA RETURN TO MORTAL WOMEN, IF THEIR SPECIAL CLOTHING IS
STOLEN BY SOME FORTUNATE MAN.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT SAID PEASANTS GAVE US THE EXPLANATION OF THE SAMA
DAVA TO EXPLAIN THE DISSAPPEARANCE OF YOUNG GIRLS AND SHEPHERD
BOYS IN RURAL AREAS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ETIOLOGICAL ; TRANSFORMATION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Supernatural Being

Date learned: 03-21-1970

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JAPANESE MERMAID

JAPANESE BELIEVE IN THE EXISTENCE OF A SEA CREATURE THAT IS
HALF WOMAN AND HALF FISH. HER APPEARANCE IS SIMILAR TO THE
OCCIDENTAL MERMAID. UNLIKE OTHER SUPERNATURAL CREATURES, SHE IS
NOT MISCHIEVOUS OR A PRANKSTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): THERIOMORPHISA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Supernatural Being
BELIEF -- Fish

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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AN EXPLANATION

SOME PARENTS TELL THEIR CHILDREN THAT THE SAND MAN HAS SPRINKLED
SAND IN THEIR EYES WHEN THEY RUB THEM A FEW MINUTES BEFORE BEDTIME.

Where learned: OHIO ; Norwalk

James Callow Keyword(s): SLEEP

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Supernatural Being

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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INDIAN LEGEND ABOUT ROCKS

THERE IS A TYPE OF ROCK CALLED A DESERT ROSE. THE DEPOSIT SEEMS
TO GROW BY ADDING CRYSTALLINE PARTS. THE INDIANS BELIEVE
THAT THESE ARE REINCARNATED TRIBESMEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WAYNE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Supernatural Being
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 01-00-1970

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MYTH

SANTA CLAUS- A FAT JOLLY OLD MAN WITH A WHITE BEARD WHO LIVES AT
THE NORTH POLE AND DISTRIBUTES GIFTS ON CHRISTMAS EVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
BELIEF -- Supernatural Being

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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LEGEND

THERE IS A PRIEST IN SAN JUAN DE LOS LAGOS, MEXICO, WHO SAID TO GOD
HE WOULD SAY THE OUR FATHER EVERY TIME SOMEONE CAME INTO THE CHURCH
IN ORDER TO THANK GOD FOR LETTING HIM BE A PRIEST. HE DIED AND WAS
BURIED. THE NEXT TIME SOMEONE CAME INTO THE CHURCH AFTER HE DIED,
THE PRIEST SAID THE OUR FATHER REALLY LOUD AND SLOW. NO ONE KNEW
WHERE HIS VOICE WAS COMING FROM. HE DID THIS AT MASS AS PEOPLE WERE
COMING IN AND EVERYONE RAN OUT BECAUSE THEY WERE SCARED. THE POLICE
CAME TO CHECK OUT THE CHURCH FOR LOUDSPEAKERS, AND THEY CHECKED THE
WHOLE CHURCH AND FOUND NOTHING. THE POLICE FINALLY LOCKED UP THE
CHURCH. AFTER THAT, TWO DRUNKS SOMEHOW GOT INTO THE CHURCH. THE
PRIEST SAID THE OUR FATHER AND THEY RAN OUT OF THE CHURCH COMPLETELY
SOBER. NO ONE GOES IN THE CHURCH ANYMORE, THIS IS A TRUE STORY.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT TOLD THIS STORY AS STRAIGHT FACT, HE BELIEVED IT.

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

James Callow Keyword(s): BELIEF ; INSOBRIETY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Supernatural Being
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 11-00-1975

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THE HEADLESS MOTORCYCLEMAN

IN TOLEDO, (OHIO?), ACTUALLY IN THE OUTSKIRTS,
THERE WAS AN ACCIDENT IN THE
LATE 50S. A GUY ON A MOTORCYCLE WAS HIT AND KILLED BY A CAR WHEN
THEY WERE PLAYING SOME GAME, "CHICKEN," I THINK. IF YOU GO AT NIGHT,
ROLL DOWN ALL YOUR WINDOWS AND FLASH YOUR LIGHTS. THIS IS A SIGNAL
THAT YOU'RE THERE. SOME PEOPLE HAVE SEEN HIM, SOME PEOPLE HAVE SEEN
HIS LIGHTS. I THINK THIS IS DUMB, BUT THE BELIEF HAS BEEN HELD FOR
A LONG TIME.

Submitter comment: WHAT I CAN'T FIGURE OUT IN THIS IS WHY HE IS CALLED THE HEADLESS
MOTORCYCLEMAN AND HE STILL HAS HIS HEAD. THE INFORMANT TREATED THIS
AS JUST ANOTHER LOCAL LEGEND AND DIDN'T BELIEVE IN IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HIGHLAND PARK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Supernatural Being
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport
SPEECH -- To Be Seen

Date learned: 11-00-1975

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THE LADY IN WHITE

IF YOU DRIVE A CAR TO BELLE ISLE AT NIGHT, DRIVE TO A CERTAIN
DESERTED ROAD, PARK THE CAR AND TURN OUT THE LIGHTS. IF YOU ARE
QUIET, EVENTUALLY A LADY DRESSED ALL IN WHITE WILL FLOAT OVER TO YOUR
CAR FROM THE WOODS AND LOOK IN YOUR FRONT WINDOW. IF YOU SCREAM
OR TURN ON YOUR LIGHTS SHE WILL VANISH.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS LEARNED IN A STORY SESSION AT A GIRL SCOUT CAMP SEVERAL
YEARS AGO. SEVERAL OF THE GIRLS SWORE THEY HAD SEEN THE LADY IN
WHITE. THERE WAS ALSO A STORY IN EITHER THE DETROIT NEWS OR THE
DETROIT FREE PRESS ON THE LADY IN WHITE A FEW YEARS AGO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Supernatural Being
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

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BELIEF

AFTER YOU CROSS YOURSELF, YOU SHOULD THROW HOLY WATER OVER YOUR LEFT
SHOULDER. THIS WAS TO RELIEVE THE BURNING ON THE SOULS IN PURGATORY.

Submitter comment: THIS IS AN ITALIAN CUSTOM.

Where learned: OHIO ; MOGADORE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Supernatural Being
BELIEF -- Church
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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TAPE OF MISCELLANOUS INFORMATION

GHOATS, MONETARY SYSTEM,(NIARA & KOBO) DISEASES, WALKING BAREFOOTED,
CARRYING THINGS ON YOUR HEAD, GHOSTS OF CHILDREN, SUPERSTITIONS:
NIGERIAN SUPERSTITION, THEIR ORIGIN, JUJU, MAKING MONEY
USING HEAD OF CHILD, BANSHEE IN IRELAND, NIGERIAN LIGHTENING,
OMENS, CHARMS, GAMES, (MOTHER MAY I?)
WATER DANGEROUS FOR SWIMMING, AMDG FOR LUCK, FESTIVALS

Where learned: NIGERIA ; SOME FROM IRELAND

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
Observation
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F040!
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of quality Monetary system Money Wealth
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Festival
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Human
BELIEF -- P000
BELIEF -- Supernatural Being
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Word Letter
BELIEF -- Medicine
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: OOOOI96OS

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GARLIC IN THE WINDOW

"AN OLD WOMAN I KNEW AS A BOY IN WEST VIRGINIA WOULD PUT GARLIC IN
HER WINDOWS EVERY HALLOWEEN TO KEEP GHOSTS AND OTHER SUPERNATURAL
BEINGS OUT OF HER HOUSE."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
BELIEF -- Supernatural Being
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 03-27-1970

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CUSTOM

IF A THAI ARRIVES AS A GUEST IN THE HOME, HE FIRST ASKS THE SPIRIT
FOR PERMISSION AND PROTECTION BEFORE HE CAN SLEEP IN THE HOME. IF
HE DOES NOT FOLLOW THIS TRADITION IT IS BELIEVED THAT HIS SLEEP WILL
BE DISTURBED WITH NIGHTMARES, WHILE THE SPIRIT SITS ON HIS CHEST AND
MAKES IT DIFFICULT FOR THE SLEEPER TO BREATHE. IN THE MORNING
THE GUEST VISITS THE SPIRIT HOUSE TO ASK FOR A SAFE JOURNEY.

Where learned: THAILAND

Keyword(s): HOST GUEST ; INCUBUS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Supernatural Being

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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MYTH

SANTA CLAUS- A FAT JOLLY OLD MAN WITH A WHITE BEARD WHO LIVES AT
THE NORTH POLE AND DISTRIBUTES TOYS AND GIFTS ON CHRISTMAS EVE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; Claus ; holiday ; MYTH ; Santa ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Supernatural Being

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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SPIRITS LIVE IN TREES AND KNOCKING ON WOOD WILL KEEP AWAY BAD
LUCK

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Supernatural Being
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.22
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-00-1979

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MONSTER BELIEF

IF YOU GO OUT OF YOUR HOUSE WHEN YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE IN BED
AT NIGHT, THE BESTIA WILL CARRY YOU OFF NEVER TO BE SEEN AGAIN.
THE BESTIA IS AS BIG AS A HOUSE.

Submitter comment: BESTIA MEANS BEAST IN ITALIAN. THIS SUPERSTITION WAS ACTUALLY
BELIEVED BY THE INFORMANT'S GRANDFATHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CLINTON TOWNSHIP

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Supernatural Being
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 11-00-1982

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LEGEND OF THE WALHALLA MONSTER WHO ABDUCTED AN INDIAN
MAIDEN LONG AGO AND WAS BELIEVED BY INDIANS IN THE
AREA TO HAVE LIVED IN THE LAKE.

Submitter comment: THIS STORY IS TOLD EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT AS THE VACATIONERS
AT THIS RESORT END THEIR STAY. THE GROUP ASSEMBLES AROUND
A BONFIRE AND, ON CUE, THE OWNER, DRESSED AS THE MONSTER,
COMES OUT OF THE LAKE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WALHALLA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Supernatural Being
BELIEF -- Still water Small body.

Date learned: 10-00-1983

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"M'AN COCO POTE D'ENFER" IS A WOMAN WHO LIVES IN AN UNDERWATER
CAVE, AND IT IS BELIEVED THAT SHE ATTACKS FISHERMEN AND DIVERS.

Submitter comment: SOME PEOPLE SAID THAT THEY HAVE BEEN IN HER UNDERWATER CAVE, AND
WHAT THEY SAW WAS A HUGE TABLE FULL OF DISHES.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

Keyword(s): "M'AN COCO" MEANS "MADAME COCO". "POTE D'ENFER" MEANS "HELL'S GATE" ; SUPPOSELY THAT IS WHERE SHE LIVES. ; WHICH IS THE NAME OF THE NORTHERN EXTREMITY OF GUADELOUPE, AND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Supernatural Being

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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IF A MAN HAS NEVER INDULGED IN A SEXUAL ACT BEFORE AND HAS NOT
COMMITED ANY SINS, HE CAN HAVE A SUPERNATURAL POWER. SUCH PEOPLE
CAN HEAR THE BIRDS AND ANIMALS WHILE TALKING.

Where learned: NIGERIA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Supernatural Being
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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