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SUPERSTITION

YOU MUST NEVER SWEEP AFTER THE SUN GOES DOWN. WHEN YOU DO SWEEP
THE HOUSE, YOU MUST CONTINUALLY SAY "BAD LUCK GO OUT, GOOD LUCK
COME."

Submitter comment: MRS. GROVE'S MOTHER FOLLOWED THIS CUSTOM RELIGIOUSLY. SHE IS FROM
SOMERSET, PENNSYLVANIA. MRS. GROVE FIRST LEARNED OF THIS CUSTOM
APPROXIMATELY THIRTY YEARS AGO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.21
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.21
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 10-20-1963

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HAPPY THE BRIDE THE SUN SHINES ON.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S BOSS SAYS THIS ON SUNNY MORNINGS, UPON
ENTERING THE OFFICE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 08-08-1964

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THE DEVIL BEATS HIS WIFE

IF ONE STICKS A PIN IN THE GROUND AND THEN PUTS HIS EAR TO THE
GROUND AND IT IS RAINING WHILE THE SUN SHINES. YOU CAN HEAR
THE DEVIL BEATING HIS WIFE. THIS IS BECAUSE THE EARTH IS CRYING.

Submitter comment: I USED TO DO THIS AS A CHILD.

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game, Pastime, Sport
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 00001960S

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IF THE SUN SHINES WHILE IT IS RAINING, THEN THE DEVIL IS
BEATING HIS WIFE.

Submitter comment: I HAVE OFTEN HEARD THIS AS A CHILD.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 00001960S

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PLANTING CUSTOM

IT IS A TRADITIONAL CUSTOM IN EUROPE FOR THE UPPER CLASS TO HAVE
THEIR SERVANTS PLANT THE VEGETABLE AND FLOWER GARDENS IN THE EVENING
AFTER THE SUN HAS GONE DOWN. THE HOLES ARE DUG AND WATER IS THEN
POURED INTO THEM. THE SERVANT THEN WORKS THIS TO FORM A MUDDY PASTE
IN WHICH THE YOUNG PLANTS ARE PLACED.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER MOTHER AND SAYS THE PURPOSE OF THIS
IS TO PREVENT THE YOUNG PLANTS FROM BEING SCORCHED IN THE HOT SUN.
INFORMANT CARRIES ON THIS CUSTOM EVERY SPRING WHEN PLANTING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F476
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 09-25-1972

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IF IT'S RAINING AND THE SUN IS SHINING, THEN THE DEVIL IS BEATING
HIS WIFE.

Submitter comment: THIS STORY HAS MANY VARIATIONS.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 09-21-1972

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WEATHER BELIEF

IF IT'S RAINING OUT AND THE SUN IS SHINING, THE DEVIL IS BEATING HIS
WIFE BEHIND THE DOOR. INFORMANT SAID HER PARENTS WOULD TELL HER
THIS ANY TIME SHE ASKED THEM WHY THE SUN WOULD SHINE EVEN THOUGH IT
WAS RAINING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 11-06-1972

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DEVIL WORKING

IF THE SUN COMES OUT WHILE IT IS RAINING, IT MEANS THE DEVIL IS
BEATING HIS WIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PUNISHMENT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 11-17-1969

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SUN DURING RAIN LEGEND

WHEN IT RAINS AND THE SUN IS STILL SHINING, THEY SAY THAT THE
DEVIL IS FIGHTING WITH HIS WIFE, JESABELL, FOR POTCAKE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 01-26-1972

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IF THE SUN SHINES WHILE IT IS RAINING, THAT MEANS THAT THE
DEVIL IS WHIPPING HIS WIFE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IN CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 01-26-1971

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SUN BELIEF

A TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN WASHES THE WORLD FREE OF SIN.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero

Date learned: 10-01-1968

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BELIEF-LEGEND

THE ESKIMOS BELIEVED THAT AFTER THE SUN SET IN THE
WESTERN OCEAN, HE WAS PADDLED BACK IN A KAYAK THROUGH THE
NIGHT TO THE EASTERN HORIZON.

Submitter comment:

HEARD IN YOUTH BY INFORMANT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PERSONIFICATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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POLISH FOLK BELIEF

LIPOWY MIOD JEST NAJLEPSYM Z MIODOW.
NIBY DOJZALY BURGUND ZACHOWIYE W SOBIE
ENERGIE STONECZNA. OKRESLENCE 'STARY LEPIES' BRZMCATO JAKO
NAJIOYNSZN POCHWATADLA TRUNKU.
THE HONEY OF JULY IS THE BEST OF ALL HONEYS. IT RETAINS
WITHIN ITSELF THE ENERGY OF THE SUN. THE PHRASE, 'OLD JULY'
RINGS AS THE GREATEST PRAISE OF ITS DRINKS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Botany ; FOOD ; HONEY ; July ; Lore ; Moth ; Old July ; POLISH ; PRAISE ; Saying ; Sun

James Callow Keyword(s): MIDDLE-AGE? ; SYMBOL ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: Custom
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BELIEF

ON THE RADIO ONE NIGHT I HEARD A SCIENTIST TALKING ABOUT
U.F.O.S (UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS). HE EXPRESSED BELIEF
IN THE IDEA THAT THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM WAS ACTUALLY A FLYING SAUCER
FROM VENUS, AND CHRIST WAS VENETIAN.

Submitter comment: HEARD AT THE TIME WHEN U.F.O.'S WERE THE BIG THING IN 1968

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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SPIRIT

ON AN AUGUST DAY WHEN THE SUN IS HIGHEST IN THE SKY AT 12
NOON, STAND WITH THREE FRIENDS IN A WOODEN DESERTED AREA. AT
EXACTLY 12 NOON HAVE EVERYONE STARE AT EACH OTHER. THE SUN COMING
THROUGH THE TREES SHOULD FORM A HALO OVER THE PERSON OR PERSONS
WHO HAVE ANY POWER OF WITCHCRAFT OR WIZARDRY IN THEIR BLOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBERS

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- not sure
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

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EASTER CUSTOM

THE NIGHT BEFORE EVERY EASTER, THE FAMILY WOULD TAKE A CLEAR GLASS
AND HOLD THE BOTTOM OF IT OVER A LIGHTED CANDLE TO DARKEN THE BOTTOM
OF THE GLASS (CALLED: SMOKING GLASS). EARLY EASTER MORNING THEY
WOULD TAKE THE GLASS AND LOOK THROUGH IT AT THE SUN, AND THE
SUN COULD BE SEEN "DANCING IN THE FORM OF A CROSS".
(THIS WAS SEEN BY ALL OF THE CRONIN FAMILY AND BY MR. JOHN
HARRINGTON.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
BELIEF -- Sun

Date learned: 11-18-1970

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CROPS

IF YOU WANT GOOD VEGETABLE CROPS, PLANT BEFORE THE SUN RISES. THIS
IS A POLISH CUSTOM

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): PLANTING

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

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SUN BELIEF

A TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN WASHES THE WORLD FREE OF SIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero

Date learned: 10-01-1968

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BELIEF-LEGEND

THE ESKIMOS BELIEVED THAT AFTER THE SUN SET IN THE
WESTERN OCEAN HE WAS PADDLED BACK IN A KAYAK THROUGH THE
NIGHT TO THE EASTERN HORIZON.

Submitter comment:

HEARD IN YOUTH BY INFORMANT.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PERSONIFICATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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BELIEF

LOOKING AT AN ECLIPSE OF THE SUN WILL CAUSE ONE TO GO BLIND.

Submitter comment: ALTHOUGH THERE MAY BE SOME TRUTH TO THIS BELIEF IT IS
USUALLY PASSED ON ORALLY BY CONCERNED MOTHERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MILFORD

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

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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