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SEVERED SNAKE

IF YOU CUT A SNAKE IN HALF IT WILL GROW BACK TOGETHER AND CRAWL
AWAY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED AS A CHILD IN GRAND MARAIS, MICHIGAN WHERE THE EXPERIMENT
WAS TRIED. MRS. HANEY AND FRIENDS SEVERED A GARTER SNAKE, LEFT
THE AREA AND RETURNED TO FIND BOTH PIECES GONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

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NEW YEAR'S SUPERSTITION

YOU MUST HAVE PORK FOR YOUR NEW YEAR'S DAY DINNER.

Submitter comment: THIS OLD GERMAN SUPERSTITION IS TRADITIONAL IN MY UNCLE'S FAMILY.
ACCORDING TO HIM: "PORK WAS SUPPOSED TO BRING GOOD LUCK AND
FORTUNE, AND THIS WAS BASED ON AN OLD RURAL BELIEF THAT MOST
FARM ANIMALS WANDERED AWAY FROM THE HOUSE, WHILE THE HOGS ALWAYS
ROOTED TOWARDS THE HOUSE." HE ADDED WITH A SMILE, "MY MOTHER
WASN'T SUPERSTITIOUS, BUT WE ALWAYS HAD PORK FOR NEW YEAR'S."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 01-00-1964

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NOT GIVEN

THIS GUY HAD A BIRD DOG; HE WAS ALWAYS BRAGGING ABOUT HOW GOOD
THIS DOG WAS. ONE DAY HE WENT OUT SHOOTIN' QUAIL. HE SHOT ONE
AND IT FELL INTO THE RIVER. THE DOG JUMPED INTO THE RIVER TO
GET THE BIRD. HE STARTED SWIMMING AFTER IT AND KEPT SWIMMING
AFTER. THE BIRD KEPT FLOATIN' DOWN, THE DOG KEPT SWIMMING AFTER
IT. SO FINALLY THE DOG GOT OUT OF SIGHT. HE SAW IT GO UNDER AND
FIGURED IT HAD DROWNED. HE LEFT FOR HOME. THE NEXT DAY HE WENT
BACK HUNTING IN THE SAME AREA. THE DOG CAME SWIMMING OUT WITH A
FISH, A BIG OLD CATFISH. THE GUY TOOK THE CATFISH AND THE DOG
AND WENT HOME. BUT HE COULDN'T FIGURE IT OUT. HE CLEANED THE
CATFISH AND FOUND THE BIRD IN IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Mammal

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NOT GIVEN

IN CANADA THERE'S A LAKE OVER THERE, YOU WOULD HAVE TO WALK A LONG
WAY TO GET THERE 'CAUSE THERE ARE NO ROADS. A LOT OF PEOPLE WENT
THERE 'CAUSE THE FISH WERE SO BIG. THIS FELLA SAID THE MOSQUITOS
WERE BIG, TOO; THEY WERE LIKE HORSEFLIES. THEN THIS FELLA WAS
TALKIN' ABOUT THE FISH THEY CAUGHT. HE SAID, "I DON'T LIKE TO
FISH IN THAT LAKE." SOMEONE ASKED, "WHY NOT?" THE FELLA SAID,
"YOU CAN'T KEEP THE BAIT. THE FISH COME AND STEAL YOUR BAIT.
YOU HAVE TO GO BEHIND A TREE OR SOMETHING TO BAIT YOUR HOOK."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 02-07-1972

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THE MILK SNAKE

THE MILK SNAKE CRAWLS INTO A FARMER'S BARN AT NIGHT AND SUCKS ALL
OR NEARLY ALL OF THE MILK FROM THE COW BEFORE THE FARMER COMES
TO DO THE MILKING.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS LEARNED IN MY EARLY ADOLESCENT STAGE IN MY HOME TOWN.
THIS WAS SOMETHING LEARNED IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD WITH MY PLAY MATES.
THIS TALE IS A VERY SHORT VERSION OF AN ANECDOTE.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PHILADELPHIA

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Animal
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: CA06171966

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NAVAL CUSTOM; PRACTICAL JOKE

WHEN A SHIP GOES OUT TO SEA, THE CREWMEN GET TWO SMALL OR LARGE
GARBAGE CANS AND PUT SEVERAL LIT CIGARETTES INTO THE CANS. NEXT
THEY MOVE THE CANS AROUND TO MAKE NOISE. WHEN A NEW RECRUIT COMES
BY, THEY TELL HIM THAT THERE ARE SEA-BATS INSIDE. WHEN HE STOOPS
OVER TO SEE, THE CREWMEN EITHER ATTEMPT TO PUSH HIM INTO THE CAN
OR SLAP HIM ON THE BUTTOCKS.

Submitter comment: THIS PRACTICAL JOKE WAS PLAYED ON THE INFORMANT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 11-22-1974

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PUT A LIVE SNAKE IN A BARREL OF CIDER AND IT WILL KEEP THE
CIDER FROM SPOILING AND KEEPS IT SWEET.

Submitter comment: ORIGINALLY TOLD BY MRS. HAMPTON'S MOTHER WHO I THINK REALLY
BELIEVED THIS.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Non-alcoholic fruit beverage
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 10-11-1972

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IN THE CASE OF SNAKE BITE CUT AN X OVER EACH FANG MARK , SUCK
THE POISON OUT AND SPIT THE JUICE FROM CHEWING TOBACCO ON THE WOUND, THE TOBAC
JUICE KILLS THE GERMS AND COUNTERACTS WHAT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-01-1972

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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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TOAD BELIEF

DON'T PLAY WITH OR TOUCH TOADS BECAUSE YOU WILL GET WARTS.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 09-22-1972

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SNAKES

IF YOU SEE A SNAKE OR DREAM ABOUT ONE, SOMEONE IS TALKING ABOUT YOU.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSSIBLE GOSSIP, BACKBITING

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about animals

Date learned: 03-13-1975

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SENSE OF EVIL

IT IS THE OPINION OF MANY PEOPLE THAT ANIMALS HAVE AN EXTRA SENSE.
THIS SENSE--A PRESENT OF THE CREATOR--TELLS THEM WHEN EVIL PERSONS
OR BEINGS ARE ABOUT. THUS, WHEN A HORSE REARS FOR NO APPARENT
REASON AT ALL, IT IS SAID THAT HE IS SPOOKED, AND THAT WHICH
SPOOKS HIM IS USUALLY THE APPROACH OF MR. DEATH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): EXTRASENSORY ; PREMONITION

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Characteristics of Animals
BELIEF -- Animal

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BATS

BATS ATTACK PEOPLE AND PREY ON THE HUMAN BLOOD, TO COUNTERACT
THIS ATTACK, ONE SHOULD WEAR A CROSS AROUND THE NECK. THIS
WILL ALSO KEEP AWAY VAMPIRES.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Bats ; FEAR ; SUPERNATURAL ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMALS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 02-10-1972

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ITS GOOD LUCK IF A FROG PISSES ON YOU WHEN YOU PICK HIM UP.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; AGENCY

Keyword(s): URINATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: CA00001967

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TOADS

A TOAD IN THE CELLAR BRINGS BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: FROM MOTHER

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 10-30-1967

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BATS

BATS ATTACK PEOPLE, AND PREY ON THE HUMAN BLOOD. TO COUNTERACT
THIS ATTACK ONE SHOULD WEAR A CROSS AROUND ONE'S NECK. THIS
WILL ALSO KEEP AWAY VAMPIRES.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Attack ; Bats ; Cross ; Legend ; Repel ; SUPERNATURAL ; SUPERSTITION ; SYMBOL ; Vampire

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 02-10-1972

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SPIRITS

ALL SOULS WANDER AFTER DEATH, INCLUDING ANIMAL SOULS.
THEY WANDER IF THEY HAD AN UNHAPPY LIFE, OR IF THEY WERE UNSATISFIED
BEFORE THEY DIED. THEY KEEP SEARCHING FOR PEACE.

Submitter comment:

THIS IS A BELIEF IN INDIA.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; India ; Soul ; SPIRIT ; SUPERSTITION ; Undead

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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CUSTOMS AND BELIEFS

FOR UKRAINIAN CHRISTMAS EVE AND EASTER DINNERS, A PLATE, WITH FOOD
IS PLACED FOR THE FAMILY MEMBERS WHICH PASSED AWAY. IN THE OLD
COUNTRY THE FARM ANIMALS WERE LATER GIVEN THE FOOD OFF THE
PLATE WITH THE IDEA THAT THE FAMILY'S DEAD RELATIVE'S SPIRITS
LIVED IN THE ANIMALS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Animal

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TERROR TALE

I REMEMBER IN THE SUMMER OF 1964, I WAS AN ACTIVE SIX YEAR OLD.
MY FRIENDS AND I WOULD GO TO THE HILL AT THE SOUTHFIELD CIVIC
CENTER AND RUN UP AND DOWN IT FOR FUN AND EXCITEMENT. THE
GARDENER OVER THERE TOLD US ABOUT HOOP SNAKES. HE SAID THEY WERE
SNAKES ROLLED UP LIKE HOULA HOOPS AND THEY ROLL DOWN HILLS.
HE TOLD US TO RUN ZIG ZAG SO AS NOT TO GET CAUGHT BY THE LITTLE
CREATURES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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