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BELIEF: CATCHING FISH

TAKE ROSE SEED AND MUSTARD SEED, AND THE FOOT OF A WEASEL, AND
HANG THESE IN A NET; FISH WILL COLLECT THERE.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HIS YOUTH.

Where learned: INDIANA ; South Bend

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 11-23-1967

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CUSTOM

ON NEW YEAR'S EVE, IT IS A TRADITION OF MY FAMILY TO PUT ONE HERRING
FISH ALONG WITH FIVE PENNIES ON EVERY WINDOWSILL OF EVERY WINDOW IN
THE HOUSE. THIS WILL KEEP UNPLEASANT OCCURENCES FROM HAPPENING AGAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; TRAVERSE CITY ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Fifths
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
BELIEF -- Fish

Date learned: 12-00-1973

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BELIEF

IF YOU GO SWIMMING IN THE OCEAN, OR ANY OTHER LARGE BODY OF WATER ON
HOLY THURSDAY, YOU WILL TURN INTO A FISH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: 663 Holy Thursday
Favorites
BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Still water Large body.

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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WEARING A RING ON THE WEDDING FINGER IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Dreams Foretelling about birth and life
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.1

Date learned: 12-00-1972

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HAIR

TO GROW HAIR,
YOU WRAP THE STRAINS OF HAIR IN EEL SKINS.
TO STRAIGHTEN THE HAIR
AFTER IT IS WASHED, YOU WRAP IT IN EEL SKINS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Fish

Date learned: 10-00-1974

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JAPANESE MERMAID

JAPANESE BELIEVE IN THE EXISTENCE OF A SEA CREATURE THAT IS
HALF WOMAN AND HALF FISH. HER APPEARANCE IS SIMILAR TO THE
OCCIDENTAL MERMAID. UNLIKE OTHER SUPERNATURAL CREATURES, SHE IS
NOT MISCHIEVOUS OR A PRANKSTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): THERIOMORPHISA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Supernatural Being
BELIEF -- Fish

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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IF THE WIND BLOWS OUT OF THE SOUTH WHEN YOU ARE FISHING, IT WILL
BLOW THE HOOK INTO THE FISH'S MOUTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal P477.8
BELIEF -- Use of Object Manufactured objects, homemade, machined
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 10-01-1968

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TUNA AND THE BRAIN

EATING TUNA FISH WILL HELP BUILD THE BRAIN.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS SAID IN OUR CLASS WHEN WE WERE STUDYING FISH. DR. THORDEN
SAID THIS AS A PASSING THOUGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal P477.8

Date learned: 11-14-1969

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FISH (REPTILE)

IF YOU PICK UP A TOAD, AND IN DOING SO, TOUCHED ITS BACK, SAID
PERSON WOULD RECEIVE WARTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL AMPHIBIAN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.35

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FISH

FISH IS BRAIN FOOD.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Fish

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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THE DEAD MAN IN A CRAB

THERE IS A CERTAIN PART OF A CRAB NEAR THE END OF THE SHELL, WHICH
IS BELIEVED BY SOME TO BE A DEAD MAN. ANYONE WHO ATE THIS WOULD
IMMEDIATELY DIE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT AND HIS FRIENDS BELIEVED THIS ABSOLUTELY WHILE CHILDREN IN TIDEWATER, VIRGINIA IN THE 1930S.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL CRUSTACEAN ; BELIEF

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance P880.34

Date learned: 02-18-1970

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PEOPLE USED TO BELIEVE THAT IF YOU PUT YOUR FINGER INSIDE THE SHELL
OF A TERRAPIN, IT WOULD NOT OPEN UP UNTIL IT THUNDERED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): TURTLE REPTILE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fish

Date learned: 02-07-1972

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PURPOSE OF CON (OF FISH)SUMPTION

FISH IS BRAINFOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MENTAL NOURISHMENT AND HEALTH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 03-05-1970

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FISHING BELIEF

THE ALASKAN INDIANS HAVE A PECULIAR WAY OF KNOWING WHEN TO FISH FOR
SALMON. THEIR SHAMAN, A TYPE OF MEDICINE MAN, GOES TO THE TOP (OF)
THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN AND PRAYS TO THE SEA. WHEN HE SEES A SCHOOL
OF BELUGA WHALES SWIMMING CLOSE TO THE SURFACE NEAR SHORE, HE
RETURNS TO THE VILLAGE AND TELLS THE TRIBE THAT THEY CAN NOW GO
TO THE RIVERS AND CATCH ALL THE SALMON THAT THEY WILL NEED FOR THE
WINTER. IF THEY BEGIN CATCHING SALMON BEFORE THIS, IT WILL BRING
BAD LUCK ON THE VILLAGE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 891 Animals, vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.31
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Animals (vertebrate and invertebrate)
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through P891.3

Date learned: 11-20-1968

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FISH IS BELIEVED TO BE BRAIN FOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Fish

Date learned: 03-18-1968

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BROAD SHOULDERS

AS BROAD BETWEEN THE SHOULDERS AS A HERRING IS BETWEEN THE EYES.
(DESCRIBING A GUY WITH SLENDER SHOULDERS.)

Submitter comment: MAUREEN'S INFORMANT WAS HER 82 YEAR OLD GRANDMOTHER EVA HARMON
OF FRENCH DESCENT CURRENTLY RESIDING IN ALGONAC, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): COMPARISON ; FISH ; HUMAN BODY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fish
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 11-08-1972

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DRINKING SAYING

TO SAY THAT ONE DRINKS LIKE A FISH IS A FALLACY BECAUSE FISH DRINK
VERY LITTLE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): FISH

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; PARADOX

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fish
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

NEVER MIND THE NOISE IN THE MARKET, JUST WATCH THE PRICE OF FISH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE ; CAUTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 01-26-1972

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PROVERB

UF KAERFREIDAK SULL MER'S ERSCHT MOL IM JOR FISCHE GE, NO BEISE DI
FISCH'S GANZ JOR.
YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK IN FISHING ALL YEAR IF YOU FISH THE FIRST
TIME IN THE YEAR ON GOOD FRIDAY.

Data entry tech comment: FROM FISHERS OF MEN?

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA

Keyword(s): LUCK

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
Favorites
BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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