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PREGNANCY BELIEF

DO NOT SET OTHER PEOPLE'S HAIR WHEN YOU ARE PREGNANT, IT WILL
BRING BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: HER MOTHER BELIEVES THIS STRONGLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 02-19-1970

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OMEN

QUITE OFTEN ONE SIGN OF A WITCH IS RED HAIR. THIS IS BECAUSE
JUDAS HAD RED HAIR AND DEALT WITH THE DEVIL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR SYMBOL ; HOMEOPATHIC

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

Date learned: 02-12-1968

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AN ITALIAN BELIEF

THE HAIR ON A MALE IS A SIGN OF GREAT STRENGTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): MASCULINITY ; STRENGTH

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

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PERMANENT

INFORMANT WAS TOLD BY HER MOTHER IF YOU GAVE YOURSELF A PERMANENT
DURING YOUR PERIOD, IT WOULD'NT TAKE.

Submitter comment: (THIS REFERS TO A PERMANENT WAVE FOR HAIR)

Where learned: OAKLAND UNIVERSITY

Keyword(s): HAIR ; MENSTRUATION

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

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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NEW MOON BELIEF

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HAIR CUTTING ; HAIR GROWTH ; IMITATIVE MAGIC

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

Date learned: 03-31-1971

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VITAMIN BELIEF

IF YOU EAT GREEN VEGETABLES
THEY'LL MAKE YOUR HAIR THICK AND GROW FASTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): VEGETABLES

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

Date learned: 03-31-1971

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GREY HAIRS

"EVERY GREY HAIR REPRESENTS A SIN OF THE PERSON WHO HAS IT.
THIS IS PARTICULARLY INDICATIVE WHEN YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE GREY HAIR.
PEOPLE WHO DYE THEIR HAIR SHOULD'NT BE TRUSTED.
THEY ARE PROBABLY DECEITFUL ABOUT OTHER THINGS."

Where learned: LETTER

Keyword(s): DECEIT ; SIN

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

Date learned: 02-01-1971

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BELIEF

HE BELIEVES THAT HAIR GROWS FASTER IF YOU CUT IT OR SHAVE IT.
DOES NOT REMEMBER WHERE HE HEARD THIS OR JUST WHY IT IS,
BUT HE FIRMLY BELIEVES IT,.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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IF YOU WANT YOUR HAIR TO GROW FASTER PULL IT
(IN HANDFULLS AT TIME)
STAND ON YOUR SHOULDERS FOR 5 MIN. EVERY DAY.

Submitter comment: SAID IT HALF SERIOUS, HALF JOKINGLY.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-02-1971

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HAIR

IF YOU CUT YOUR HAIR EVERY FULL MOON,
THAT IS A SIGN IT WILL GROW LONGER.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IN CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; BRIGGS BUILDING

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

Date learned: 03-05-1971

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IN WINTER YOUR HAIR GROWS FASTER.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): WINTER

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

Date learned: 11-02-1971

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HAIR CUSTOM

NEVER WASH YOUR HAIR AFTER YOU HAVE A TOOTH FILLED.
WAIT UNTIL THE NEXT DAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT PRACTICED THIS AS A YOUNG GIRL AND WOMAN
BECAUSE HER MOTHER HAD TOLD HER THIS WAS RIGHT. (1920_30)
GRADUALLY SHE CAME TO SEE THAT IT HAD NO REASONABLE VALIDITY
AND NO LONGER PRACTICES IT.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Keyword(s): DENTAL WORK ; TEETH

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

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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IF YOU EAT BREAD CRUSTS YOU WILL HAVE BLACK CURLY HAIR.

Submitter comment: IN AN ATTEMPT TO CURE MY BLOND HAIR,
MY GRANDMOTHER WOULD TELL ME THIS AS A CHILD.
BLACK HAIR IS CONSIDERED THE LOVELIEST FEATURE
A ROMANIAN WOMAN CAN HAVE AND HAS BEEN CONSIDERED SO FOR GENERATIONS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BREAD ; ETHNIC SUPERSTITION ; HAIR COLOR ; ROMANIAN

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

Date learned: 11-26-1971

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A SIGN OF FAVOR* IS WHEN THE BABY WAKES UP
AND FINDS ITS HAIR BRAIDED SUPPOSEDLY BY THE ANGELS.
WHEN IT HAPPENS YOU DON'T COMB IT OUT,
BUT LET IT COME OUT NATURALLY.

Submitter comment:

* WITH THE ANGELS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE PARK

Keyword(s): ANGELS ; BRAIDS

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

Date learned: 10-16-1971

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PREDICTION, DIVINATION, OBSERVATION

"IF A GUY HAS LOTS OF HAIR ON HIS LEGS HE'LL MAKE A RICH HUSBAND."

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS AT A BAND JOB.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HUSBAND ; LEGS ; MARRIAGE

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

Date learned: 11-13-1971

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YOUR HAIR WILL BE CURLY IF YOU EAT YOUR BREAD CRUSTS.

Submitter comment: MOTHER USED THIS TO GET US TO EAT OUR CRUSTS.
SHE KNEW IT REALLY WAS'NT TRUE AND SO DID WE.

Where learned: DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00001950'S LATE

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HAIR

TAKE A LOCK OF SOMEONE'S HAIR FROM THEIR COMB OR BRUSH,
STICK IT BETWEEN TWO PICTURES OF YOURSELF FOLDED OVER,
PUT IT BETWEEN THE PAGES IN A BOOK.
THE RESULTS ARE THE PERSON WILL NOT LEAVE YOU ALONE EVER.
20 YEARS LATER THEY WILL STILL BE IN LOVE WITH YOU.

Submitter comment: NOTE; THIS WAS THE WAY MR. BROWN GOT HIS WIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONTAGIOUS MAGIC ; LOVE ; MARRIAGE ; ROMANCE

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

Date learned: 02-10-1972

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HAIR

TO GROW YOUR HAIR, YOU CAN USE MAYONNAISE OR SALAD DRESSING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 03-12-1972

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LEGEND OF WARDING OFF A BEATING

WHEN YOU DO SOMETHING WRONG
AND YOU DON'T WANT TO BE BEATEN BY YOUR MOTHER
PULL OUT ONE OF YOUR EYELASHES AND PUT IT UNDER A ROCK.
IT MUST BE A ROCK OR IT IS NO GOOD.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID HE TRIED IT UNDER A CONCK SHELL AND IT DID'NT WORK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ROOM

Keyword(s): CONCH SHELL

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

Date learned: 01-26-1972

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HAIR

IF YOU WANT YOUR HAIR TO GROW
LET A PREGNANT WOMAN CUT IT WHILE IN LABOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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