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BELIEF

HARD WORK WILL PUT HAIR ON YOUR ARMS.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business

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PREGNANCY BELIEF

IF A PREGNANT WOMAN LIFTS HER ARMS ABOVE HER HEAD, SHE WILL LOSE
HER BABY.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM ONE OF HER FRIENDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: 840
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 03-01-1971

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PREGNANCY BELIEF

IT IS BAD LUCK FOR A PREGNANT WOMAN TO RAISE HER ARMS ABOVE HER
HEAD. SHE WILL WRAP THE CORD AROUND THE BABY:S NECK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 03-01-1972

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VAMPIRE BELIEF

A VAMPIRE CAN BE FRIGHTENED OFF BY MAKING A CROSS OUT OF
ANYTHING, SUCH AS TWO STICKS OR EVEN YOUR ARMS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; FREMONT

Keyword(s): Cross ; SUPERNATURAL ; SUPERSTITION ; SYMBOL ; Undead ; Vampire

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOL

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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VAMPIRE BELIEF

VAMPIRES CAN BE KEPT AWAY BY HANGING GARLIC AROUND YOUR
DOORS AND WINDOWS
GARLIC HUNG AROUND THE NECK ALSO SERVES THE PURPOSE

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; FREMONT

Keyword(s): Garlic ; SUPERNATURAL ; SUPERSTITION ; Undead ; Vampire

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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GARLIC

GARLIC WORN AROUND THE NECK WILL KEEP AWAY A WEREWOLF.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P400] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): Garlic ; SUPERNATURAL ; SUPERSTITION ; Werewolf

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck

Date learned: 04-26-1972

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BATS

BATS ATTACK PEOPLE AND PREY ON THE HUMAN BLOOD, TO COUNTERACT
THIS ATTACK, ONE SHOULD WEAR A CROSS AROUND THE NECK. THIS
WILL ALSO KEEP AWAY VAMPIRES.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Bats ; FEAR ; SUPERNATURAL ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMALS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 02-10-1972

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LEGEND

THERE WAS A GUY WHO USED TO BEAT UP HIS WIFE ALL OF THE TIME.
WHEN HE DIED, SHE HAD NIGHTMARES THAT HE CAME BACK TO HER. AFTER
TWO NIGHTS OF DREAMS LIKE THIS, SHE WENT TO HER PRIEST AND TOLD HIM
ABOUT THE DREAMS. THE PRIEST DIDN'T BELIEVE HER. SHE TOLD HIM THAT
HER HUSBAND KEPT SAYING, "I WANT TO TALK TO YOU," AND HIS FACE HAD
BEEN SURROUNDED BY FLAMES. SO THE PRIEST GAVE HER SOME PAPER AND
TOLD HER TO PUT IT ON THE DESK. THEN NEXT TIME HER HUSBAND
APPEARED SHE SHOULD TELL HIM TO WRITE ON THE PAPER WHAT HE WANTED
TO TELL HER. SO NEXT TIME HER HUSBAND CAME, SHE TOLD HIM TO WRITE
HIS MESSAGE DOWN. HE TRIED TO WRITE IT DOWN AND THE PAPER BURNED
UP BECAUSE HIS ARMS WERE SURROUNDED BY FLAMES, TOO. IT WAS USELESS.
SO YOU KNOW WHERE HE WAS FROM. HE WAS CONDEMNED. EVERYONE IN TOWN
KNEW THIS STORY. IT HAPPENED IN SAN PANCHO, IN MEXICO.

Submitter comment:

THIS IS A STORY WHICH WAS TOLD AS IF IT WERE TRUE, AND NOT JUST A
LEGEND.

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

James Callow Keyword(s): HELL ; NIGHTMARE

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
Q522 Q522.13

Date learned: 11-00-1975

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STRENGTH OF THE RED SKINS

IT IS SAID THAT THE INDIANS USED TO EAT THE HEART OF THEIR
FALLEN ENEMY TO GAIN THEIR STRENGTH WHILE THEY WERE ALIVE.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck

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WEATHER BELIEF

IF YOU HAVE AN ACHE IN EITHER ELBOW THAT MEANS THAT
IT WILL RAIN TOMORROW.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT GOT THIS FROM HER MOTHER WHEN SHE WAS 12 YEARS OLD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; HER HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

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TALE OF KISSING ELBOW

IF YOU KISS YOUR ELBOW, YOU'LL TURN INTO THE OPPOSITE SEX.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck

Date learned: 01-26-1972

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ANGEL

WHEN I WAS A SMALL CHILD, MY MOTHER USED TO
TELL ME THAT AN ANGEL KEPT A LITTLE CHILD'S
ARM UP IF HE SLAPPED HIS MOTHER OR FATHER.
THE ANGEL HELD THE ARM UP UNTIL DEATH FOR PUNISHMENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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HORSERADISH WILL PUT HAIR ON YOUR CHEST.
IF A CHILD EATS A LOT OF HORSERADISH, HE WILL GROW UP
TO HAVE A HAIRY CHEST.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS LEARNED FROM MY GRANDFATHER WHO DID NOT DISTINGUISH
BETWEEN MALE AND FEMALE CHILDREN WHEN TELLING OF THESE MAGICAL
POWERS OF HORSERADISH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00001976CA

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Cure for a headache

If you have a headache, put cold water on your wrists and it
should disappear.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

James Callow Keyword(s): HIDDEN CONNECTION

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 00001970S

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PUT AN ONION IN A SOCK AND PIN NEXT TO A BABY'S
CHEST TO LOOSEN A CHEST COLD.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; LE ROY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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CUT A LEMON IN HALF AND SQUEEZE EACH SECTION TO
REMOVE JUICE. RUB THE ELBOWS WITH THE REMAINING
RIND AND THE DIRT WILL BE REMOVED.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS FROM HER MOTHER (1920S)
AND STILL PRACTICES IT. SHE CLAIMS IT WORKS.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-02-1971 ; 00001920S

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PREVENTATIVE

WHEN (YOU) SPILL A SALT SHAKER, THROW SALT OVER
YOUR RIGHT SHOULDER TO PREVENT GETTING IN AN
ARGUMENT.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEN A CHILD IS STILL AN INFANT, ONE SHOULD TIE
BLACK RIBBONS ON THE WRISTS AND ANKLES OF THE
CHILD TO WARD OFF EVIL SPIRITS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Lower body, legs
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 11-04-1969

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IF A GIRL CAN KISS HER ELBOW, SHE WILL TURN INTO A BOY.
IF A BOY CAN KISS HIS ELBOW, HE WILL TURN INTO A GIRL.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck

Date learned: 07-00-1972

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IF YOU SHAVE THE HAIRS FROM UNDER YOUR ARMS, YOU WILL BECOME
WEAK.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA ; GEORGETOWN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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