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CARROT BELIEF

IF YOU EAT CARROTS YOU CAN SEE IN THE DARK BETTER.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-22-1968

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SLEEP BELIEF

IF YOU CAN NOT GO TO SLEEP AT NIGHT THE SAND
MAN WILL COME AND PUT SAND IN YOUR EYES TO MAKE YOU SLEEP.
IN THE MORNING YOU MAY FIND A GRITTY DEPOSIT IN THE CORNER OF
YOUR EYE. THIS IS SOME OF THE SAND HE USED TO PUT YOU TO SLEEP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

James Callow Keyword(s): ETIOLOGY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping

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COHANIM

IN ORTHODOX JUDAISM WHEN THE HIGH PRIEST OFFERS A SPECIAL
PRAYER, IT IS FORBIDDEN TO LOOK AT HIM, IN PAIN OF BLINDNESS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SEMITISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye

Date learned: 04-00-1968

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PREGNANCY BELIEF

A PREGNANT WOMAN SHOULD NOT ATTEND A FUNERAL BECAUSE THE
CHILD WILL BE BORN BLIND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 01-20-1971

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BABY MYTH

EVERYONE BELIEVES THAT ALL BABIES ARE BORN WITH BLUE EYES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 10-06-1967

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PROVERB

THE EVIL MEN DO LIVE AFTER THEM, THE GOOD IS OFTEN INTERRED WITH
THEIR BONES.

Submitter comment: FROM UNCERTAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; PESSIMISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00001964 (SUMMER)

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OLD JEWISH SAYING

THE EYES ARE THE PART WHICH PUTS MOST OBSTACLES IN ONE'S WAY.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): HUMAN BODY

James Callow Keyword(s): GREED?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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PROVERB

THE EYES ARE THE REFLECTION OF THE SOUL.
(SPANISH) LOS OJOS SON EL ESPEJO DEL ALMA.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): "CAN'T SEE THE FOREST FOR THE TREES." ? ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1953

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PROVERB

AN EYE FOR AN EYE, A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.

Submitter comment: FROM UNCERTAIN.

Data entry tech comment: TRY DEUTERONOMY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): REVENGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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PROVERB

THE EYES FRIGHTEN YOU, BUT THE HANDS ARE THE WORKER.

Submitter comment: THIS SEEMS TO NEED SOME EXPLANATION: JUST LOOKING AT A FIELD READY
FOR HARVEST MAY BE FRIGHTENING, HOWEVER WHEN YOU GET RIGHT DOWN TO
WORKING IT ISN'T SO BAD.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; INDUSTRIOUSNESS?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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FATTEN THE HORSE

THE EYES OF THE OWNER FATTEN THE HORSE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HIS FATHER IN ITALY.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): PREJUDICE ; SYMBOL ; UNOBJECTIVE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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PROVERB

EYES LIKE TWO BURNT HOLES IN A BLANKET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
SPEECH -- Group of Vowels and Consonants, and of Words
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 02-21-1970

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ITALIAN PROVERB

THE EYES OF THE OWNER CAN MAKE THE HORSE FATTER.
(ITALIAN) OUI QUE DE PATRONE, GROSSE DE CABALLO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MILFORD

James Callow Keyword(s): PREJUDICE ; TRANSLATION ; UNOBJECTIVE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 09-22-1968

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PROVERB

EYES THAT DO NOT SEE; HEART THAT DOES NOT FEEL.
(SPANISH) OJOS QUE NO VEN, CORAZON QUE NO SIENTE

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSLATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 00-00-1953

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HARD HEART

EYES THAT DONT SEE, HEART THAT DOESN'T FEEL.
(SPANISH) OJOS QUE NO VEN, CORAZON QUE NO SIENTE.

Submitter comment: LEARNED THROUGH THE STUDY OF SPANISH.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSLATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-05-1967

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EYES THAT SEE ALL THINGS SEE NOT THEMSELVES.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): CONCENTRATION ; INNER SIGHT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERB

THE EYES THAT SEE EVERYTHING, SEE NOTHING.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONCENTRATION ; INNER SIGHT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-09-1965

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PROVERB

THE EYES THAT YOU SEE, WILL DO WHAT YOUR MIND SEES.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PREJUDICE? ; TERMINAL ITERATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-12-1965

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THE EVIL EYE

UP UNTIL ABOUT 1947, SHIPS SAILING IN THE MEDITERRANEAN HAD A LARGE
EYE PAINTED ON THE SIDE. THIS WAS TO PROTECT THEM FROM EVIL AND FROM
ANY HARM.

Submitter comment: THIS IS INDICATIVE OF THE MANY SUPERSTITIONS DEALING WITH THE SEA.

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

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Water craft or boat propelled by human, wind, mechanical or other force
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms

Date learned: 11-00-1975

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THE EVIL EYE

TWO SIGNS WHICH SHOULD BE WORN TOGETHER ON A CHAIN ARE A HAND WITH
THE INDEX AND LITTLE FINGERS EXTENDED AND AN ITALIAN HORN. THEY
ARE WORN TO WARD OFF THE EVIL EYE. THE SYMBOL OF THE HAND IS ALSO
DONE WHEN YOU WANT TO WISH PEOPLE THE EVIL EYE.

Submitter comment: THE ITALIAN HORN HAS IN RECENT YEARS BECOME A FAD AND IS WORN BY
MANY PEOPLE.

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

James Callow Keyword(s): GESTURE SYMBOL ; MANU CORNUTA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Sign Color
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-00-1975

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