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PREGNANCY SUPERSTITION

WHEN A WOMAN IS PREGNANT AND SHE SEES SOMETHING WHICH FRIGHTENS HER,
THE BABY WILL RETAIN AN IMPRINT OF IT ON THE PART OF THE BODY
ON WHICH THE MOTHER TOUCHES HERSELF.

Submitter comment:

KEYPUNCHERS COMMENT, THERE ARE THREE OTHERS SIMILAR TO THIS IN
THE ARCHIVE FILE.

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

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FOOD SUPERSTITIONS REGARDING PREGNANCY

IF WHILE A WOMAN IS PREGNANT, AND SHE HAS A CRAVING FOR A
CERTAIN FOOD AND SHE THEN TOUCHES HERSELF, THE BABY WILL HAVE
A BIRTHMARK ON THAT SPOT THE WOMAN TOUCHED.

Submitter comment:

KEYPUNCHERS COMMENT, THERE ARE SEVERAL OTHERS LIKE THIS IN THE
ARCHIVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC?

Subject headings: 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: 03-07-1971

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OLD WIVES: TALE

IF A PREGNANT WOMAN RECEIVES A SCAR ETC. HER BABY WILL BE
BORN WITH ONE IN THE SAME SPOT.

Submitter comment: WHILE I WAS PREGNANT I RECEIVED A SCAR FROM AN IRON
BURN ON MY ARM, MY BABY WAS NOT BORN WITH A SCAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC

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: 00-00-1967

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BELIEF

IF A WOMAN IS BURNED WHILE PREGNANT, THE BABY WILL HAVE THE MARK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC

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: 09-27-1969

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PREGNANCY BELIEF

AN EXPECTANT MOTHER MUST NEVER MAKE REMARKS ABOUT AN
UGLY PERSON, IF SHE DOES HER CHILD WILL LOOK LIKE THAT
UGLY ONE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC

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: 10-12-1969

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PINCH OF THE DEAD

WHEN YOU FIND A BLACK AND BLUE MARK ON YOUR BODY AND
YOU DO NOT KNOW WHERE IT IS FROM, IT MEANS THAT SOMEONE
WHO IS CLOSE TO YOU AND THAT DIED, NEEDS YOUR PRAYERS
AND HAS COME BACK TO TELL YOU THIS. THE BLACK AND BLUE MARK.
IS A SIGN THAT HE HAS PINCHED YOU TO TELL OF HIS NEED.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COLORS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
SPEECH -- Extra Corporal Means of Communication

Date learned: 03-31-1970

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ROLLING CALF

IF YOU ARE A BUTCHER, WHEN YOU DIE YOU WILL BECOME A ROLLING CALF
A ROLLING CALF IS A GHOST WHO IS MOST DREADED AND
CRUEL. IT HAS EYES LIKE FIRE. IF YOU MEET ONE ON THE ROAD RUN FOR
YOUR LIFE AND MAKE A KATHA, THEN SIT ON IT BUT DON'T FALL ASLEEP.
IF YOU FALL ASLEEP THE ROLLING CALF WILL KILL AND DISFIGURE YOU AS IF
YOU WERE BORN WITH THE DISFIGUREMENT.

Submitter comment: THE SPELLING OF ROLLING CALF MAY BE WRONG.
I WAS UNABLE TO LOCATE THE WORD "KATHA" IN ANY DICTIONARY. THE
SPELLING WHICH WAS GIVEN TO ME WAS SAID TO BE CORRECT. A "KATHA" IS A
WAD OF CLOTH WHICH IS PLACED ON THE HEAD WHEN CARRYING OBJECTS ON
IT.
DONALD LEE LEARNED THIS ITEM IN BUFF BAY JAMAICA.

Where learned: JAMAICA ; BUFF BAY

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Human or animal body Deformation
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-31-1975

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INDICATOR OF MORE THAN ONE MARRIAGE

IF A MAN HAS A DIMPLE IN HIS CHIN,
THIS SHOWS THAT HE WILL BE MARRIED MORE THAN ONCE IN HIS LIFETIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

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

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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DIMPLES

FRIENDS AND RELATIVES CONSTANTLY TOLD MY SISTER
WHEN SHE WAS LITTLE AND HAD BIG DIMPLES,
TO PUT PENCILS IN THEM AND SCREW THEM AROUND TO MAKE THEM STAY.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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DIMPLES

MRS. STOCKEL ALWAYS TOLD HER CHILDREN IF THEY WANTED DIMPLES,
THEY COULD PUT PENCILS IN THE DIMPLES AND THAT WOULD MAKE THEM LAST.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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IN THIS INFORMANTS FAMILY
SOME OF THE CHILDREN HAVE A SMALL BROWN FRECKLE
OR BEAUTY MARK UNDER EACH EYE.
IT IS SAID THAT THESE ARE TEARS
BECAUSE THEY CAME INTO THE WORLD ON A SAD DAY.
IT IS ALSO SAID "MONDAY'S CHILD IS FULL OF WOE,"
AND THESE SAME CHILDREN WERE BORN ON MONDAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHGATE

Keyword(s): BEAUTY MARKS ; FRECKLES ; WOE

Subject headings: Favorites
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 -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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SUPERSTIYIOUS BELIEF

I HAVE A BIRTHMARK ON MY CHEEK.
WHICH MY MOTHER ATTRIBUTED TO HAVING EATEN STRAWBERRIES
BEFORE SHE KNEW SHE WAS PREGNANT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

Keyword(s): BIRTHMARKS ; CONTAGIOUS MAGIC ; FOOD ; PREGNANCY

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: 11-29-1969

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PINCH OF THE DEAD

WHEN YOU FIND A BLACK AND BLUE MARK ON YOUR BODY
THAT YOU DON'T KNOW WHERE IT CAME FROM
IT MEANS THAT SOMEONE WHO IS CLOSE TO YOU,
AND THAT HAS DIED, AND THAT NEEDS YOUR PRAYERS HAS COME BACK
AND WANTS TO MAKE YOU AWARE OF THIS NEED.
THEREFORE HE PINCHES YOU AND LEAVES A BLACK AND BLUE MARK
AS A SYMBOL OR SIGN OF HIS NEED.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

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

Date learned: 03-31-1970

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CAUSE OF ILLNESS

IF YOU EAT TOO MANY STRWBERRIES,
YOU WILL GET A STRAWBERRY MARK ON YOUR NECK.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Keyword(s): FOOD ; PUNISHMENT FOR IMMODERATE EATING. ; STRAWBERRY ; SUPERSTITION

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

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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CHIVALUNA.

IF A WOMAN IS PREGNANT AND IS WALKING AT NIGHT WHEN THERE IS
A FULL MOON AND SHE SCRATCHES HERSELF THEN THE BABY WILL HAVE A BIRT
MARK WHERE SHE SCRATCHED. THIS IS CALLED "CHIVALUNA".

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

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 -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 04-00-1980

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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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WHEN A WOMAN IS PREGNANT SHE SHOULD NOT DRINK CREAM OR MILK IN HER
COFFEE BECAUSE, IF SHE DOES, HER BABY WILL HAVE BROWN BIRTH MARKS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
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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SUPERSTITION

DRINKING GIN CAUSES WRINKLES. MO OTHER LIQUOR WILL HAVE THIS
RESULT.

Submitter comment: WHEN QUESTIONED, THE INFORMANT COULD OFFER NO EXPLANATION AS TO
WHY GIN IS THE ONLY LIQUOR THAT HAS WRINKLES AS A RESULT.
PERHAPS SOMEONE IN HIS FAMILY DRANK HIGH AMOUNTS OF GIN AND HAD
A LOT OF WRINKLES. HE MAY HAVE SUBCONSCIOUSLY CONNECTED THE TWO AS
CAUSE AND EFFECT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

Subject headings: Favorites
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Distilled
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 10-00-1980

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