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BIRTHMARK SUPERSTITION

MRS. BALDWIN HAS A SMALL MARK RESEMBLING A PIN PRICK ON THE LOWER
PART OF HER BACK. HER MOTHER TOLD HER THAT SHE HERSELF HAD BEEN
PRICKED WITH A PIN THERE WHILE PREGNANT AND THAT IS HOW IT WAS
PASSED ON.

Submitter comment: MRS. BALDWIN HEARD THIS IN HER CHILDHOOD FROM HER MOTHER IN
BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LATHRUP VILLAGE

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

Date learned: 12-08-1963

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BIRTHMARK SUPERSTITION

STRAWBERRY BIRTHMARKS SWELL-UP DURING STRAWBERRY SEASON.

Submitter comment: MRS. BALDWIN HEARD THIS FROM HER MOTHER DURING HER CHILDHOOD IN
BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LATHRUP VILLAGE

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

Date learned: 12-08-1963

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MOLE SUPERSTITION

MRS. BALDWIN SAYS THAT PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAIRY MOLES GOT THEM
BECAUSE THEIR MOTHER WAS BITTEN BY A DOG WHEN SHE WAS PREGNANT.

Submitter comment: MRS. BALDWIN DOESN'T REMEMBER WHERE SHE HEARD THIS BUT SHE HAD
BELIEVED IT AS LONG AS SHE CAN REMEMBER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LATHRUP VILLAGE

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

Date learned: 12-08-1963

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PREGNANCY EFFECTS

WHEN YOU ARE PREGNANT AND YOU CRAVE CERTAIN FOODS, YOUR BABY
WILL HAVE A BIRTH MARK IN THE SHAPE OF THE FOOD THAT YOU CRAVE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER PARENTS WHO ARE OF IRISH DESCENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 03-31-1967

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PREGNANCY EFFECTS

WHATEVER ANIMAL A WOMAN THINKS ABOUT THE MOST WHILE SHE IS
PREGNANT WILL SHOW UP AS A BIRTH MARK ON THE BABY IN THE SHAPE
OF THE ANIMAL.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER PARENTS WHO ARE OF IRISH DESCENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 03-31-1967

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SCARED BABY

A YOUNG MAN, SOON TO BE A FATHER, WALKED INTO THE HOUSE ONE
EVENING WITH A LARGE GREAT DANE. THIS SCARED HIS YOUNG WIFE
A GREAT DEAL AS SHE HAD NOT EXPECTED EITHER HE OR THE DOG.
A FEW MONTHS LATER WHEN THE WOMAN WENT TO THE HOSPITAL TO DELIVER
HER CHILD, SHE TOOK ALONG HER MOTHER. THE MOTHER CAME INTO THE
DELIVERY ROOM WITH HER, PREPARED TO DO WHAT SHE MUST. IF THE
CHILD WAS BORN WITH ANY MARKS, SHE WOULD RUB THESE WITH THE
PLACENTA TO ERASE THEM. BOTH MOTHER AND DAUGHTER BELIEVED THAT
THE BABY WOULD BE MARKED OR SCARRED BECAUSE THE MOTHER HAD BEEN
SCARED DURING HER PREGNANCY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 03-10-1967

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SUPERSTITION

IF A PREGNANT WOMAN IS HIT ON HER LEFT ARM, HER CHILD WILL HAVE
A SCAR THERE.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

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

Date learned: 12-24-1963

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SUPERSTITION

WHEN A WOMAN IS PREGNANT AND SHE WANTS TO ASSURE THE LOCATION OF
HER CHILD'S BIRTHMARK IF HE WILL HAVE ANY, SHE SHOULD RUB HER
HAND OVER THE DESIRED AREA (IE., THE REAR END) AND THE MARK
WILL APPEAR ONLY THERE. THIS SHOULD BE DONE EVERY DAY TILL THE
ARRIVAL OF THE CHILD.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER ITALIAN MOTHER.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PLEASANTVILLE

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

Date learned: 12-27-1963

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WARTS

IF YOU HAVE A WART, RUB IT WITH A POTATOE, BURY IT UNDER A FULL
MOON AT MIDNIGHT, AND WHEN IT ROTS, YOUR WART WILL BE GONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 02-00-1974

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CURE FOR WARTS

IF YOU HAVE A WART ON YOUR BODY, YOU MUST DO THE FOLLOWING:
A) CUT AN ONION IN HALF
B) RUB THE ONION ON THE WART
C) BURY THE ONION OUTSIDE SOMEWHERE
IF THIS PROCEDURE IS FOLLOWED CORRECTLY, THE WART WILL DISAPPEAR IN
A FEW DAYS.

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

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

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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WART CURE

IF YOU HAVE A WART, STEAL SOMEONE'S DISHRAG AND TAKE IT AND BURY IT.
THE WART WILL DISAPPEAR WITHIN THREE WEEKS.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT OFFERED THIS ONE, ALTHOUGH IT APPEARED SHE DID NOT
BELIEVE IT, SAYING SHE HAD HEARD IT FROM A FRIEND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

James Callow Keyword(s): DISBELIEF

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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LUCK

IF A PREGNANT WOMAN IS FRIGHTENED BY AN INSECT THE CHILD WILL HAVE
A BIRTH MARK THAT RESEMBLES THE INSECT.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

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

Date learned: CA11001973

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WART REMEDY

PUT A PIECE OF RAW MEAT UPON A WART, BURY THE MEAT, WHEN THE MEAT
ROTS, YOUR WART WILL BE GONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER

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

Date learned: 11-15-1973

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MUSHROOMS OR TOADSTOOLS RUBBED ON WARTS MAKE THEM DISAPPEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER

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

Date learned: 11-19-1972

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BROWN-LINE STORY

MY MOTHER TOLD ME THAT IF YOU DON'T HAVE A
BROWN LINE FROM YOUR CHEST TO THE END OF
YOUR STOMACH, YOU CAN'T HAVE BABIES.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT TOLD THIS TO ME WHEN WE WERE BOTH ABOUT NINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Birth

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IF A PREGNANT WOMAN IS SCARED BY A SNAKE HER CHILD WILL HAVE
A BIRTHMARK.

Where learned: OHIO ; LUCAS COUNTY

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

Date learned: 10-03-1972

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PREGNANCY BELIEF

DURING HER PREGNANCY HER MOTHER-IN-LAW MADE HER EAT A LITTLE OF
EVERYTHING ON THE DINNER TABLE, BECAUSE SHE BELIEVED THAT IF A
PREGNANT WOMAN SAW FOOD AND DID NOT EAT IT, HER CHILD WOULD BE
MARKED OR DEFORMED AT BIRTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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