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IF YOU SEE A HORSE WITH A WHITE TAIL, TURN AROUND AND YOU WILL
SEE A PERSON WITH RED HAIR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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IF YOU HAVE TWO CALLICAS (BALD SPOTS ON TOP OF HEAD),
YOU WILL HAVE TWO WIVES.

Submitter comment: JAMES LEARNED THIS AT HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 12-05-1967

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IF A PERSON HAS LONG HAIR ON HIS ARMS, IT MEANS A RICH
MARRIAGE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS WHEN SHE WAS A YOUNG GIRL IN
DETROIT, MICHIGAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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IF YOU HAVE LOTS OF HAIR ON YOUR BACK, YOU'LL BE RICH.

Submitter comment: SOURCE: MY MOTHER (SAYS COLLECTOR)

Where learned: BUFFALO ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak

Date learned: CHILDHOOD

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A GIRL WITH MUCH HAIR ON HER ARMS AND LEGS WILL SOMEDAY
MARRY A RICH MAN.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 11-30-1967

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HAIR FIX

DON'T SAY THANK-YOU TO SOMEONE WHO HAS DONE YOUR HAIR. SAY MORE
HAIR, OR LESS HAIR.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS LEARNED DURING MY STAY IN DETROIT WITH PEOPLE WHO
LIVED THERE A LONG TIME.
THIS VERSE IS CONNECTED WITH SAYING SPECIAL WORDS FOR THE PURPOSE
OF GETTING OR FOR HAVING HAD SOMETHING DONE TO YOUR HAIR.
THIS MIGHT IMPROVE THE CONDITION OF YOUR HAIR, BE IT LONG OR SHORT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Daily Life
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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GENERAL EXPLANATION OF HAIR DYING

ARABIC WOMEN DYE THEIR HAIR BECAUSE GREY HAIR GIVES THEM HEADACHES.

Submitter comment: COMPARED TO THE DEEP FEELINGS THEY HAVE TOWARD DEATH, THIS IS
MUCH SHALLOWER.
SEE ITEM 730653-28

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 02-00-1974

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HAIR BURNING

AFTER BRUSHING YOUR HAIR, SOME STRANDS WILL BE LEFT IN YOUR
BRUSH. TAKE THESE HAIRS, AND THROW THEM IN THE FIRE. BY DOING
THIS YOUR HAIR SHALL DOUBLE BECAUSE OF THE FIRE, AND LOSS OF
HAIR WILL BE PREVENTED.

Submitter comment: THIS PROCEDURE SEEMS TO CORRESPOND TO THE PREVIOUS ONE. THIS GIRL
DOESN'T FOLLOW THIS PROCEDURE, BUT HER MOTHER TAKES HAIR FROM HER
BRUSH AND BURNS IT FOR HER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 02-00-1974

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CUTTING OF HAIR

FIVE DAYS BEFORE THE MOON IS FULLEST AND BRIGHTEST, HAVE YOUR
HAIR CUT OR TRIMMED AND BURN THE CUT HAIR. AS THE MOON GETS FULLER
AND BRIGHTER, YOUR HAIR WILL CAPTURE ITS FULLNESS AND GLOW,
WHILE THE MOON LOSES THIS LITTLE BIT OF ITSELF FOR YOU.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HAS FOLLOWED THIS HER WHOLE LIFE AND FEELS HER HAIR
IS THICKER BECAUSE OF IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Moon
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 02-00-1974

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BURN OLD HAIR

ALWAYS BURN YOUR HAIR THAT IS LEFT IN THE COMB OR BRUSH BECAUSE IF
A BIRD MAKES HIS NEST WITH YOUR HAIR, YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE A HEADACHE

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTAGIOUS MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: CA11001973

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THINGS GROW WITH THE MOON

IF A PERSON CUTS THEIR HAIR WHEN THERE IS A FULL MOON, IT WILL
GROW WITH THE MOON. IF YOU CUT YOUR HAIR WHEN THERE IS
A FULL MOON, IT WILL GROW SLOWLY.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 03-24-1970

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MOON BELIEF

WHEN THE MOON IS FULL, A PERSON'S HAIR WILL GROW MUCH FASTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 04-26-1972

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MOON BELIEF

GRANDMOTHER AND HER SISTERS HAD THEIR HAIR TRIMMED AT NEW
MOON, IN THIS WAY, IT WOULD GROW WITH THE NEW MOON, AND
MUCH FASTER TOO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak

Date learned: 03-31-1971

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MOON BELIEF

IF YOU CUT YOUR HAIR ON A FULL MOON IT WILL GROW TWICE AS LONG.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT SHAVED HER DAUGHTER'S HEAD WHEN SHE WAS VERY YOUNG
BECAUSE SHE HAD A SCALP DISEASE. NOW HER DAUGHTER HAS
SHOULDER LENGTH HAIR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

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

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 12-07-1971

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STORM PROTECTION BELIEF

YOU MUST NEVER TAKE A BATH OR WASH YOUR HAIR DURING A THUNDER
AND LIGHTNING STORM LEST LIGHTNING STRIKE YOUR HOME, AND YOU WILL
BE ELECTROCUTED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 02-15-1970

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BREAD BELIEF

EATING THE CRUST OF BREAD MAKES YOUR HAIR CURLY.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Cereal
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-22-1968

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CARROT BELIEF

IF YOU EAT A LOT OF CARROTS IT WILL GIVE YOU CURLY HAIR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-25-1969

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CATHOLIC BELIEF

THE CUSTOM OF HEADWEAR BY WOMEN IN CHURCHES STEMS FROM
THE MEDIEVAL BELIEF THAT EVIL SPIRITS WOULD ENTANGLE IN THE
HAIR OF A WOMAN SO UNCOVERED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Church

Date learned: 09-24-1969

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SEDUCTION BELIEF

COVER HEAD WITH SCARVES, A WELL-COIFFURED HEAD SEDUCES MEN.

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMANT POINTED OUT THAT THIS WAS VERY OLD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Birth

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