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BED CHARM

MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE, AND JOHN
BLESS THE BED THAT I LIE ON
FOUR CORNERS TO MY BED
FOUR ANGELS ROUND MY HEAD
ONE AT HEAD AND ONE AT FEET
AND TWO TO GUARD MY SOUL ASLEEP.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): RHYME: AABBCC PRAYER

James Callow Keyword(s): FOUR EVANGELISTS

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
686 Fourths / Quarters
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.422
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Sleeping
BELIEF -- Angel

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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GRAFFITI

ANGELS WHO GUARD YOU WHILE YOU DRIVE
USUALLY RETIRE AT 65.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIBRARY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; BASEMENT CARVEL 2

Keyword(s): AGES RHYME: AA

James Callow Keyword(s): GUARDIAN ANGELS ; HUMOR

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Art Craft Architecture Art, Craft, Architecture
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.422
BELIEF -- Angel

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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FRECKLES ARE ANGEL KISSES.

Submitter comment: 1 SHE HAS FRECKLES, AND HER MOTHER USED TO TELL HER THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROCHESTER HILLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: CA00001969

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CHRISTMAS TREES

CHRISTMAS TREES ARE VERY POPULAR IN POLAND. IN THE LARGE HOUSES IN
THE CITIES THEY ARE PLACED ON THE FLOOR OR THE TABLE. IN OUR
VILLAGE, MIELIEC, PEOPLE HUNG THEM FROM THE CEILING BY THE TOP
BRANCHES, ALL DECORATED WITH APPLES, NUTS, CANDIES AND MANY SMALL
TOYS MADE OUT OF BLOWN EGGS, COLORED PAPER AND STRAW. IT IS
SUPPOSED THAT THE GIFTS WERE BROUGHT BY AN ANGEL, SINCE ST. NICHOLAS
VISITED THE CHILDREN ON DEC. 6. AN OLD CHRISTMAS CAROL IS SUNG AND
THEN THE GIFTS ARE OPENNED.

Submitter comment: EVEN A BARE, SMALL CHRISTMAS TREE WITH A LITTLE ORNAMENTS, BROUGHT
HAPPINESS TO PEOPLE AT A TIME WHEN SIMPLE PLEASURES WERE ALL THAT
MATTERED.

Where learned: POLAND ; WARSAW ; MIELIEC

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 6 Feast of St. Nicholas
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
BELIEF -- Angel

Date learned: 00-00-1940

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IF YOU FALL ASLEEP WHILE SAYING THE ROSARY, YOUR
GUARDIAN ANGEL WILL FINISH IT FOR YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping

Date learned: 10-23-1967

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IF YOU SHUDDER ANGELS ARE WALKING OVER YOUR GRAVE.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): PREMONITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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(POLAND) WEDDING TRADITION

AFTER CEREMONY THE BRIDE SITS IN A CHAIR. THE FAMILY FORM A CIRCLE
AND SLOWLY MOVE IN A CIRCULAR MOTION PULLING VEIL OFF BRIDE.
SIGNIFIES: THE PEOPLE AROUND THE CHAIR REPRESENT TWELVE ANGELS IN
HEAVEN. THE REMOVAL OF THE VEIL MEANING, ALREADY MARRIED. WISHING THE
BEST AND PROSPEROUS LIFE AHEAD FOR THE BRIDE AND GROOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; LUTHER HAVEN

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Removing veil
BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 10-00-1982

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WHEN I WAS A CHILD, MY FATHER USED TO TELL ME THAT I SHOULD
ALWAYS BE HONEST, DO GOOD THINGS, AND BE NICE TO PEOPLE. HE
SAID THAT GOD KNEW EVERYTHING WE DID. HE SAID THERE WAS A LITTLE
ANGEL SITTING ON EACH OF OUR SHOULDERS AND THAT EVERY TIME WE DID
SOMETHING GOOD, THE ANGEL ON THE RIGHT SHOULDER WOULD WRITE IT
DOWN. ON THE OTHER HAND, WHEN WE DID SOMETHING BAD, THE ANGEL ON THE
LEFT SHOULDER WOULD RECORD IT. HE SAID THAT WHEN THE DAY OF JUDGMENT
CAME, GOD WOULD CHECK TO SEE WHICH LIST WAS LONGER. IT WASN'T
ENOUGH TO JUST TRY NOT TO BE BAD BECAUSE THE ANGEL ON THE RIGHT
SHOULDER ONLY WROTE DOWN GOOD DEEDS--NOT NO DEEDS AT ALL.

Submitter comment: MY FATHER WAS RAISED IN LEBANON. HE CAME TO THE UNITED STATES
IN 1929 WHEN HE WAS 20 YEARS OLD AND LIVED HERE UNTIL HIS DEATH
IN 1982.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): LEFT ; RIGHT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Gods
BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of quantity or weight

Date learned: 00001950S

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YOU SHOULD NEVER GO SWIMMING WHEN IT'S RAINING OUTSIDE.
YOU SHOULD GO AFTER IT RAINS SO THAT YOU CAN CLEANSE
YOURSELF WITH RAIN WATER WHICH IS ANGEL TEARS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 03-00-1983

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A DOG HOWLING WITH HIS HEAD DOWN INDICATES
DEATH, A DOG HOWLING WITH HIS HEAD UP INDICATES FIRE.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Fire
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 02-00-1984

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"ROY-KATONG" FESTIVAL (THAILAND)

"THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS FESTIVAL IS TO APOLOGIZE TO THE WATER
SPIRIT FOR THE USE OF THE WATER AND FOR POLLUTING THE WATER.
BELIEVING THAT THE WATER COMES FROM HEAVEN, THE THAIS FLOAT SMALL
LOTUS-SHAPED RAFTS WITH CANDLES ON THEM IN THE RIVERS OF THAILAND
SO THAT EVENTUALLY THE RAFT WILL GO TO AN ANGEL IN HEAVEN. ALSO,
WHEN THEY FLOAT THE RAFTS, THE THAIS WILL MAKE A WISH AND
SOMETIMES A MAN AND WOMAN WILL GO TOGETHER."

Submitter comment: THE FESTIVAL USUALLY TAKES PLACE IN BETWEEN OCTOBER AND
NOVEMBER.
"ROY-KATONG" MEANS "FLOAT-SMALL-BOAT" IN THAI LANGUAGE.

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F100
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F110
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 23 equinox to December 20 Also used for Advent.
BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Water
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 02-00-1984

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DO NOT SIT ON THE KITCHEN TABLE BECAUSE
THERE ARE ANGELS ON TOP. "MY GRANDMOTHER
USED TO SAY THIS TO ME WHEN I WAS YOUNGER."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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MY INFORMANT TOLD ME OF A BELIEF THAT IS HELD BY
HUNGARIANS CONCERNING CHRISTMAS. HUNGARIAN TRADITION
SAYS THAT JESUS' ANGELS BRING YOUR PRESENTS RATHER THAN
SANTA CLAUS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Gifts, gift giving at Christmas
BELIEF -- Angel

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BLACK-AMERICAN BELIEF

WHEN BABIES SMILE WHILE SLEEPING,
ANGELS ARE PLAYING WITH THEM.
MOTHER USED TO TELL ME THIS WHEN
I WAS A KID.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel

Date learned: 00001950S

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MY FATHER USED TO TELL US KIDS THAT WHEN IT WAS SNOWING
OUTSIDE WE SHOULD SAY A PRAYER TO THANK GOD. HE
SAID THIS BECAUSE HE TOLD US THE ANGELS WERE HAVING A
PILLOW FIGHT. AS THE PILLOWS BROKE, FEATHERS OR SNOW,
FELL DOWN FROM THE HEAVENS.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER TOLD ME A SIMILAR STORY, EXCEPT THE ANGELS WERE
THROWING RICE AT A HEAVENLY WEDDING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Keyword(s): WINTER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 00001940S

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FRECKLES ARE ANGEL KISSES.

Submitter comment: TOLD TO SOMEONE FEELING BAD BECAUSE FRECKLES ARE THOUGHT
TO BE BLEMISHES: INSTEAD THEY BECOME TINY BLESSINGS.
OBTAINED FROM A SCHOOL MATE OF SHEILA'S, SHEILA O'CONNER.

Where learned: NEW HAMPSHIRE ; MANCHESTER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-00-1985

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THERE IS AN OLD WIVES' TALE THAT SAYS THAT WHEN A WOMAN IS
IN THE PROCESS OF GIVING BIRTH TO A CHILD THE ANGEL OF
DEATH CIRCLES HER BED NINE TIMES. ONCE FOR EVERY MONTH OF
HER PREGNANCY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Lansing

Keyword(s): PREGNANCY SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: 686 Ninths / Nine
Favorites
BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00001950CA

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Legend has it that Washington was very worried about his
troops at Valley Forge often, but one day a beautiful woman
appeared before him telling him the outcome of the war and
American history which gave him renewed strength and vigor,
thanks to the heavenly visitor.

Submitter comment: My uncle told me this story of Washington's life.

Where learned: VIRGINIA ; Mount Vernon

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel

Date learned: 00001980S

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When it rains it is the angels taking a shower.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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