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WHEN WE MOVED INTO OUR OLD HOUSE, WHEN I WAS YOUNGER,
THERE WASN'T A FIREPLACE. I ASKED MY OLDER SISTER HOW
SANTA CAME DOWN THE CHIMNEY, SINCE THERE WAS NO FIREPLACE.
THERE WAS A LOOSE FLOORBOARD THAT WAS MOVEABLE, UNDER-
NEATH MY BED. MY SISTER TOLD ME THAT SANTA GOT INTO THE
HOUSE BY COMING THROUGH THE LOOSE BOARD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Supernatural Being

Date learned: 00-00-1980 ; 00-00-1969

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If the squirrels are nesting high in the trees
it will be a mild winter. If the squirrels are
nesting low in the trees it will be a bad winter.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LENNON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Supernatural Being
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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According to the people down South a Curmudgeon is a Trolls
cousin. The only difference between the two is that the
Curmudgeons are meaner.

Where learned: VIRGINIA, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Supernatural Being
BELIEF -- Angel

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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According to the people down South, Cherubs are cousins to
Trolls but are much nicer than Trolls.

Where learned: VIRGINIA, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Supernatural Being

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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In south central Michigan it was believed that Paul Bunyanesque
creatures have inhabited the area and shaped the gently rolling
hills, small ponds, and numerous lakes. These unnamed creatures
still roamed the country side at times causing mud slides, sink
holes, and other natural phenomena.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Supernatural Being
BELIEF -- Abnormal in size
BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: 03-00-1992

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Grandpa had a frightful creature that lived in the swamps and
often sat on the rail fence at the entrance to the small swamps
waiting to catch unsuspecting kids who disobeyed the rules and
wandered there. He was a katty-hue-gag and looked somewhat like the
Jaberwock.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HIGHLAND PARK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Supernatural Being
BELIEF -- Abnormal in size

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The Boogie Man

I can remember going into some dark place in the house, such as
the stairway leading to the basement or a room and my father would
say, "The boogie man is going to get you." I would come running
out as fast as I could to try to get to my mother for security.

Submitter comment: That was my father's way of keeping me from going into dark
places without light or supervision.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Supernatural Being
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 01-01-1970

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BURNING INCENSE MAKES THE AIR PURE SO THAT GOOD
SPIRITS WILL FIND THE PLACE MORE PLEASING AND
A DESIRABLE PLACE TO DWELL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Supernatural Being

Date learned: 09-20-1969

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"IF I HEARD A VOICE AND NO HUMAN BEING WAS NEAR, THEN
EITHER GOD OR THE DEVIL WAS TRYING TO TALK TO ME."

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: NEW YORK ; SIGNET BOOK ; NEW AMERICAN LIBRARY

Keyword(s): Communication ; Divine ; Mental ; Voice

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Supernatural Being
BELIEF -- Devil Demon

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IF YOU HAVE A PICTURE OF SACRED HEART OF JESUS WHERE IT CAN
BE SEEN AS YOU WALK IN THE FRONT DOOR, YOU'LL HAVE A HAPPY
HOME.
("WE DIDN'T HAVE ONE OF THESE PICTURES AND WE HAD LOTS OF
FIGHTS.")

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): God

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

Date learned: 06-14-1973

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