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SANDMAN AND BOOGIE MAN

IN HER FAMILY, THE SANDMAN WAS EQUIVALENT TO THE BOOGIE MAN AND
NEITHER WERE REGARDED AS BAD FIGURES.

Submitter comment: HER PARENTS TOLD HER THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE SANDMAN

IF THE SANDMAN SEES YOU WITH YOUR EYES OPEN, HE PUTS SAND IN THEM.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER PARENTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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THE SANDMAN

IF YOU DO SOMETHING WRONG, HER PARENTS WOULD SAY: "THE SANDMAN
WAS PEEK'N."

Submitter comment: HER PARENTS SAID THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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FAIRY GODMOTHER

IF YOU PLACE A TOOTH UNDER YOUR PILLOW, THE FAIRY GODMOTHER WILL
LEAVE MONEY DURING THE NIGHT (IT MUST BE ONE OF YOUR OWN THAT HAS
FALLEN OUT).

Submitter comment: I BELIEVED THIS AS A CHILD AND ALWAYS FOUND MONEY UNDER MY PILLOW.
I THINK SOME TEETH WERE PULLED THAT WEREN'T EVEN LOOSE--I ENJOYED
PULLING OUT MY BABY TEETH AND LIKED MONEY QUITE WELL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

Date learned: 00-00-1948

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SEEING A LEPRECHAUN IS SUPPOSEDLY A SIGN OF GOOD
LUCK.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 10-29-1968

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WHEN THE BANSHEE CRY, IT'S A SIGN THAT THERE WILL BE
A DEATH IN FAMILY OR NEIGHBORHOOD.

Where learned: IRELAND ; BELFAST

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF A BANSHEE SQUEALS, THERE'S BEEN A DEATH IN THE FAMILY.

Submitter comment: SYLVIA HEARD THIS ON THE "TONIGHT SHOW" ONE EVENING
WHEN MAUREEN O'SULLIVAN WAS ON. (AN ACTRESS).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 09-23-1967

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IF DURING THE NIGHT YOU HEAR THE SOUND OF A BANSHEE'S
WAIL, YOU KNOW THAT BY MORNING A MAN WILL BE DEAD.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD TO ME BY MY IRISH ROOMMATE LAST YEAR
WHILE I WAS STUDYING AT UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, DUBLIN.
(IRELAND). SHE BELIEVED IN THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE TOOTH FAIRY

WHEN I WAS A KID, EVERY TOOTH I LOST WAS PUT UNDER MY
PILLOW. IN THE MORNING NO TOOTH WAS THERE; AND IN ITS
PLACE WAS A SHINY QUARTER.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

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TOOTH FAIRY

AS A CHILD, WHENEVER I LOST ONE OF MY BABY TEETH, THAT
NIGHT I WOULD PUT IT UNDER MY PILLOW AND WHEN I AWOKE THE
NEXT MORNING, I WOULD FIND THAT THE TOOTH FAIRY (MY FATHER)
HAD COME DURING THE NIGHT AND TAKEN MY TOOTH AND LEFT SOME
MONEY
USUALLY A QUARTER OR FIFTY CENTS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 0001950S

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BELIEF

IF YOU HEAR THE WAIL OF A BANSHEE, IT'S AN ILL OMEN MEANING DEATH
OR SERIOUS TROUBLE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER TOLD HER THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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SAINT PATRICK'S DAY

THE BELIEF IN LEPRECHAUNS IS MOST PREVALENT ON ST. PAT'S DAY. PEOPLE
BELIEVE IN ANY CHARM OR SPELL WHICH WILL HELP THEM FIND A LEPRECHAUN.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 17 Feast of St. Patrick
BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Word Letter

Date learned: CA1960-1975

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LEGEND

IN THE PHILIPPINES, YOUNG CHILDREN ARE KEPT FROM PLAYING OUTDOORS
LATE AT NIGHT BY THE LEGEND OF UNANO OR DWENDE. THESE CREATURES
HAVE HOMES UNDER MOUNDS OF EARTH, BUT LEAVE THEM DURING THE DAY.
AT DUSK, HOWEVER, THE UNANO OR DWENDE RETURNS TO HIS HOME, AND IF
A CHILD SHOULD HAPPEN TO STEP ON ONE OF THESE EARTH MOUND HOMES,
THE UNANO OR DWENDE WILL BECOME AGGRAVATED AND WILL CHASE THE CHILD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): INTIMIDATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

Date learned: 09-00-1969

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THE BLACK FAIRY

THERE IS A BELIEF AMONG THE INHABITANTS OF A PRIMARILY IRISH
FARMING TOWN IN OHIO, THAT IF A PERSON EVER SEES THE BLACK FAIRY,
THAT PERSON WILL DIE THREE DAYS LATER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Color

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LEPRECHAUNS

IN IRELAND THESE LITTLE FOLK HAVE POTS OF GOLD HIDDEN SOMEWHERE
AND IF YOU ARE LUCKY ENOUGH TO CATCH A LEPRECHAUN, HE WILL HAVE
TO GIVE UP HIS TREASURE TO YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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THE GOOD FAIRY

WHEN AS A CHILD YOU LOSE A TOOTH, IF YOU PUT IT UNDER YOUR PILLOW
THE SAME NIGHT, THE GOOD FAIRY WILL COME AND TAKE THE TOOTH AND
REPLACE IT WITH MONEY.

Submitter comment: KEYPUNCHERS COMMENT. THERE ARE NUMEROUS OTHER CARDS ON THE TOOTH
FAIRY IN THE CARD FILES. THEY ARE ALL ESSENTIALLY THE SAME, WITH
SOME DIFFERENCES AS TO THE REWARD. IT COULD BE GOLD, OR A PRESENT
OF SOME SORT, OR MONEY SUCH AS DIMES AND QUARTERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue

Date learned: 00001950S

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CUSTOM

EACH NIGHT BEFORE GOING TO BED, A GLASS OF COLD WATER SHOULD BE
PLACED ON THE TABLE, IN CASE THE 'GOOD PEOPLE' WANTED A DRINK
DURING THE NIGHT.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS PRACTICED BY THE INFORMANT'S OLDER SISTER EVERY NIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

Date learned: 11-18-1970

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LEPRECHAUNS

IF YOU CAN CATCH A LEPRECHAUN, HE MUST GIVE YOU WHAT YOU WANT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

Date learned: 01-20-1970

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LEPRECHAUNS

IF YOU ARE POOR, HONEST AND GOOD, THE LITTLE PEOPLE WILL COME
AND HELP YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

James Callow Keyword(s): POVERTY VIRTUE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

Date learned: 01-20-1970

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THE GOOD FAIRY

WHEN YOU LOSE A TOOTH, YOU PLACE IT IN A GLASS OF WATER BEFORE
GOING TO BED. UPON AWAKENING THE GOOD FAIRY WILL HAVE REPLACED
THE TOOTH FOR A DIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue

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