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TRADITION

NUNS DON'T HAVE TO PAY TO RIDE BUSES AND TROLLEYS IN NEW
ORLEANS, BECAUSE OF THE EPIDEMICS OF YELLOW FEVER THEY ACTED
AS NURSES, A LOT OF THEM DIED. THE CITY ALLOWS THIS AS GRATITUDE
FOR THEIR SERVICE

Where learned: VIRGINIA ; KILMARNOCK

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- P439

Date learned: 11-30-1972

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IN THEIR RELIGIOUS TRAINING THE PENNSYVANIA DUTCH CHILDREN MAY
BE TAUGHT THE EARTH IS FLAT. SOME GROUPS BELIEVE THIS BECAUSE
THE MAPS IN THE BIBLE MAKE THE WORLD LOOK FLAT AND THEY ACCEPT
COMPLETELY EVERYTHING CONTAINED IN THE BIBLE, FROM COVER TO
COVER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Universe
BELIEF -- P439
BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: 11-02-1972

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JEWISH BRIDES

INFORMANT WAS TOLD BY SOMEONE HE ONCE WORKED WITH WHO INTENSELY
DISLIKED JEWISH PEOPLE, THAT PART OF THE JEWISH RELIGION TEACHES
THAT THE NIGHT BEFORE A JEWISH GIRL MARRIES, SHE MUST HAVE SEXUAL
INTERCOURSE WITH HER FATHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

James Callow Keyword(s): ANTISEMITISM?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P439
BELIEF -- Marriage
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Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CUSTOM

IT IS THE CUSTOM OF THE AMISH TO GROW ALL THEIR OWN FOOD AND NEVER
TO SHOP AT A MODERN GROCERY STORE. THEY ALSO DO NOT USE ANY
MODERN APPLIANCES SUCH AS ELECTRICITY OR MODERN PLUMBING. THEY
DON'T USE CARS OR ELECTRIC LAMPS. THEY GET AROUND IN A HORSE AND
BUGGY AND THEY USE GAS LAMPS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
BELIEF -- P439

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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CUSTOM

IT IS AN AMISH CUSTOM FOR THE BOYS TO START HELPING IN THE FIELDS
AT THE AGE OF SIX, SO THAT BY THE TIME THEY ARE TEN, THEY CAN PLOW
A FIELD AS WELL AS ANY MAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- P439

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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CUSTOM

IT IS A CUSTOM OF THE AMISH PEOPLE TO PAINT THEIR HOUSES WHITE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- P439
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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DUNKARDS

DUNKARDS ARE A RELIGIOUS GROUP WHO DO NOT BELIEVE IN HAVING
CURTAINS BECAUSE THEY DO NOT WANT TO SHUT OUT THE WORLD OF GOD. THEY
STILL WEAR THE LONG DRESSES AND THE MEN STILL HAVE BEARDS.

Submitter comment: COLLECTOR TYPED THIS UNDER LOCATION: MEMORIES FROM KANSAS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
BELIEF -- P439

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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MENNONITES

MENNONITES LIVE IN GARNET, KANSAS, AND EVEN TO THIS DAY THEY DRIVE
HORSE AND BUGGY. THEIR RELIGION FORBIDS DRIVING CARS. THE CHURCH
CEREMONIES ARE HELD IN THE HOMES, AND EACH WEEK, IT IS ROTATED AMONG
THE DIFFERENT HOMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P439

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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MORTAL SINS--SHOCK THEATRE

AT HOLY NAME GRADE SCHOOL IN BIRMINGHAM, MICHIGAN, ONE OF THE NUNS
USED TO TELL THE KIDS THAT WATCHING 'SHOCK THEATER' (A WEEKLY SHOW
WHICH PRESENTED HORROR MOVIES) WAS A MORTAL SIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P439
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CUSTOM

IT IS A CUSTOM OF THE AMISH FOR THE MEN TO GROW A THICK BEARD.
THEY MUST ALWAYS HAVE THIS BEARD AND WHILE THEY ARE GROWING IT,
THEY CANNOT GO OUT OF THE HOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HAIR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- P439
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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JEWISH BELIEF

JEWS CANNOT EAT PORK BECAUSE IT IS UNCLEAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

James Callow Keyword(s): SEMITISM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- P439

Date learned: 02-28-1971

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BELIEF ABOUT A GROUP

THE POLISH WERE SUPPOSEDLY INDICATED BY THE WHITE SOCKS THEY WORE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P439

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PENNSYLVANIA GERMANS (NATIONALITY GROUP)

A COLONY OF AMISH PEOPLE NOW LIVE IN COLON, MICHIGAN. THEY MOVED
HERE FROM PENNSYLVANIA TO ESCAPE PROBLEMS WITH THEIR TEACHERS NOT
HAVING CERTIFICATES. NOW THEY ARE HAVING THE SAME PROBLEM IN COLON.
ONE CAN TELL AN AMISH HOUSE IN COLON, MICH. BECAUSE THE WINDOWS
NEVER HAVE CURTAINS. THEY ONLY HAVE SHADES. THERE IS NO ELECTRICITY
OR LUXURIES IN THEIR HOUSES. THE PEOPLE OFTEN TAKE THEIR
HORSE AND BUGGY TO THE LOCAL SUPERMARKET, LEAVING THE HORSE TIED
TO A HITCHING POST OFF TO THE SIDE. THEY WILL NEVER BUY FOOD WITH
PRESERVATIVES AND PREFER TO EAT A RATHER THICK TASTING BREAD.
THE INFORMANT SAID THAT SHE TASTED THE BREAD AND COULD NOT STAND
MORE THAN A FEW BITES BECAUSE IT WAS SO RICH.

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMANT FIRST LEARNED OF THE AMISH WHILE GOING TO A FAMILY
COTTAGE IN COLON, MICH. IN 1978. HER DESCRIPTION SOUNDS TYPICAL OF
THE CLASSIC PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH ATTIRE AND ATTITUDE. SIMPLICITY
AND KEEPING TO OLD TRADITIONS ARE INHERENT TO HER DESCRIPTION.
UPON VISITING COLON WITH THE INFORMANT, THE COLLECTOR NOTICED THE
SAME CUSTOMS. ONE HEARS ON THE NEWS ABOUT THE CURRENT PROBLEMS
WITH TEACHING, STRESSING THAT NEW DIFFICULTIES ARE ALWAYS ARISING
WITH THE AMISH.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

Keyword(s): Amish ; BREAD ; Buggy ; Curtains ; GERMAN ; HORSE ; Preservatives ; Shades ; Simplicity ; Technology

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Daily Life
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
Food Drink -- Plant food Cereal
BELIEF -- P439

Date learned: 10-00-1980 ; 00-00-1978

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INDIAN SWEETTOOTHS

MR. LEHR REPORTS THAT HE OFTEN HUNTS IN THE EASTERN
PART OF THE UPPER PENINSULA OF MICHIGAN. HE SAYS
THAT THE INDIANS WILL BEG FOR EVERYTHING UP THERE
AND THAT THEY WOULD RATHER HAVE CANDY BARS THAN
STEAK. HE SAYS THAT HE HAS OFTEN WALKED INTO A
BAR AND FOUND AN INDIAN DRINKING PEPSI (SOFT
DRINK). WHEN SOMEONE ELSE BUYS THAT SAME INDIAN
HAS BEER. THEN WHEN HE HAS TO BUY HIS OWN DRINK
HE ONCE AGAIN HAS PEPSI.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P439

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SUPERSTITION ABOUT NUNS

WHEN A CHILD WALKS PAST A NUN, HE COULD NOT SHOW
HIS TEETH BECAUSE THEY WOULD FALL OUT.

Submitter comment: SHE COULD NOT RECALL WHO TAUGHT HER THIS, BUT SAID
THAT SHE WAS A LITTLE ASHAMED OF IT. SHE SAID, "I
THINK THE WORLD OF THEM NOW."

Data entry tech comment: SEE OTHER ITEMS FROM JEAN FRIEDMAN--I BELIEVE SHE IS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- P439
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 04-00-1965

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BE CAREFUL OF GOING OUT WITH BOYS WHO WEAR LONG
NECKTIES, BECAUSE LONG NECKTIES POINT IN AN
OBVIOUS DIRECTION.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID SHE HEARD THIS IN HIGH SCHOOL FROM A
DERANGED NUN.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P439

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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ABOUT LUMBERJACKS

THE LUMBER JACK WAS A BREED ALL HIS OWN. THEY HIRED OUT TO A
LUMBER COMPANY, FOR BED AND BOARD. THE CAMP THEY STAYED IN
CONSISTED OF A COOK-SHANTY, AND A BUNK-HOUSE, WHERE THE MEN
ATE AND SLEPT. THE BUNKS WERE BUILT TWO HIGH, AND FILLED WITH
STRAW, OVER WHICH THE WORKER PUT ONE BLANKET TO SLEEP ON, AND
TWO MORE TO COVER UP WITH. I'M INCLINED TO THINK THAT THESE
BUNKS WERE THE FORE RUNNER TO WHAT WE NOW HAVE. MM
I REMEMBER MY FATHER TELLING ME THAT $30.00 A MONTH WAS THE
WAGE A MAN STARTED OUT AT. THIS WASN'T MUCH, BUT THEIR
BOARD AND BED WERE FREE. CONSIDERING THAT A PAIR OF PANTS
WERE SOMETHING LIKE A DOLLAR AND A PAIR OF SHOES WERE LIKE
TWO DOLLARS A PAIR, THEY THOUGHT AT THE TIME THEY WERE MAKING
GOOD MONEY. ALL WAGES EXCEPT THEIR IMMEDIATE NEEDS WERE SENT
HOME TO THEIR FAMILIES. MM
THEY WERE A ROUGH AND TOUGH SORT OF MEN, BUT THEY WERE EVER
TRUE AND STAUNCH FRIENDS TO THEIR FELLOW WORKERS. THEY WERE
ALWAYS READY TO HELP A FELLOW WORKER IN TIMES OF GRIEF AND
HARDSHIP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HOUGHTON LAKE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P439

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Song and Dance

Gypsy music- Hungarians celebrate and mourn to the sounds of
the violin played by the Gypsies. The folk dances are danced by
the peasants in the villages.

Where learned: HUNGARY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dance
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Music
BELIEF -- P439

Date learned: 00001950S

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Latvia

After a trip to Latvia, the informant had learned many things
about his father's country. Old ways were still a very important part
of the culture, including traditional farming techniques, the
maintenance of old family homes, male dominant roles in the family
and society, and somewhat traditional dress. In public, the men
always wore long pants, and the women wore practical dresses. The
houses were made of stone and wood, and often did not have screens in
the windows. The people were very friendly, and were willing to give
up their meager food supply for the comfort and benefit of their
American relatives.

Submitter comment: When the Skabardis family visited Latvia for a second time, they
brought their relatives many of the things that they were lacking:
screens for their windows, food, clothing, and money.

Where learned: Latvia ; Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Architecture
BELIEF -- P439

Date learned: 07-00-1988

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NUNS

BE CAREFUL OF GOING OUT WITH BOYS WHO WEAR LONG NECKTIES
BECAUSE LONG NECKTIES POINT IN AN OBVIOUS DIRECTION.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID SHE HEARD THIS IN HIGH SCHOOL FROM A
DERANGED NUN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P439
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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