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GETTING CHILD TO SLEEP

IF YOUR BABY HAS BEEN LOOKED AT A LOT BY STRANGERS, TO GET IT TO
SLEEP, WIPE THE RIGHT SIDE OF HIS HEAD BY THE EYE THREE TIMES WITH
A RAG, THEN TO THE OTHER SIDE THREE TIMES BY THE LEFT EYE. THE
BABY WILL FALL RIGHT TO SLEEP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Curse
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 02-00-1974

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HAIR BURNING

AFTER BRUSHING YOUR HAIR, SOME STRANDS WILL BE LEFT IN YOUR
BRUSH. TAKE THESE HAIRS, AND THROW THEM IN THE FIRE. BY DOING
THIS YOUR HAIR SHALL DOUBLE BECAUSE OF THE FIRE, AND LOSS OF
HAIR WILL BE PREVENTED.

Submitter comment: THIS PROCEDURE SEEMS TO CORRESPOND TO THE PREVIOUS ONE. THIS GIRL
DOESN'T FOLLOW THIS PROCEDURE, BUT HER MOTHER TAKES HAIR FROM HER
BRUSH AND BURNS IT FOR HER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 02-00-1974

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CUTTING OF HAIR

FIVE DAYS BEFORE THE MOON IS FULLEST AND BRIGHTEST, HAVE YOUR
HAIR CUT OR TRIMMED AND BURN THE CUT HAIR. AS THE MOON GETS FULLER
AND BRIGHTER, YOUR HAIR WILL CAPTURE ITS FULLNESS AND GLOW,
WHILE THE MOON LOSES THIS LITTLE BIT OF ITSELF FOR YOU.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HAS FOLLOWED THIS HER WHOLE LIFE AND FEELS HER HAIR
IS THICKER BECAUSE OF IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 02-00-1974

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SUPERSTITION

ANCIEMT GERMANS WERE LOATHE TO EMBARK ON ANY NEW ENTERPRISE WHEN
THE MOON WAS INVISIBLE

Submitter comment: THIS WAS GIVEN TO ME BY RABBI HALPERN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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WEATHER BELIEF

IF A CRESCENT MOON'S HORNS ARE TURNED UP TO HOLD WATER,
THERE WILL BE RAIN SOON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 09-00-1973

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WEREWOLVES

IN ENGLAND PEOPLE USED TO PUT BROOMS OUTSIDE THEIR DOORS TO WARD
OFF WEREWOLVES. THE WEREWOLVES COULD NOT RESIST THE TEMPTATION
TO COUNT EACH BRISTLE OF THE BROOMS, AND THIS TASK KEPT THEM
BUSY UNTIL THE FULL MOON DISAPPEARED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Werewolf Vampire
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: 09-00-1973

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PLANTING CUSTOM

IT IS A CUSTOM IN ITALY FOR GARDENERS WANTING TALL, LEAFY VEGETABLES
TO PLANT THEM AT NIGHT WHEN THE MOON IS FULL. IF WISHING ROOTED
VEGETABLES, YOU PLANT THEM AT HALF MOON.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM AN ITALIAN FRIEND WHO STILL CARRIES ON
THIS CUSTOM TODAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F476
BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 09-25-1972

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WAIT FOR THE FULL MOON TO CUT YOUR HAIR.

Submitter comment: A PHRASE HANDED DOWN TO MRS. SULLIVAN BY HER MOTHER BUT NOT
REALLY BELIEVED IN.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

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

Date learned: 10-11-1972

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DON'T SLEEP IN THE MOONLIGHT, IT MAY CAUSE YOU TO GO CRAZY.

Submitter comment: I HEARD THIS A FEW YEARS AGO PERTAINING TO THE POWER THE MOON HAD
OVER PEOPLE'S LIVES.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 10-11-1972

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PLANT BEANS DURING THE FULL MOON, THAT WAY YOU WILL HAVE BEANS
THAT ARE FULL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F476
BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 11-02-1972

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HAIR

IF YOU CUT YOUR HAIR WHEN THERE IS A NEW MOON, IT
WILL MAKE THE HAIR GROW FASTER.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD TO INFORMANT BY A CO}WORKER WHO IS A BLACK
GIRL OF THE MUSLIM FAITH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 10-25-1972

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MARRIAGE CUSTOM

IF A COUPLE SAYS THEIR MARRIAGE VOWS BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON, THE
VOWS ARE STILL BINDING, EVEN THOUGH A MINISTER ISN'T PRESENT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S FATHER TOLD HER THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Common law
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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WHEN BABIES ARE BORN

ON THE GROWING OF THE FULL MOON
AND THE FALLING OF THE FULL MOON,
BABIES ARE BORN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FINAL ITERATION ; NONSENSE VERSE?

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.453
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.542
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 10-00-1974

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PIECE EARS

IF THE MOON IS FULL WHEN YOU PIECE YOUR EARS,
YOU LL FEEL NO PAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PIERCE YOUR EARS

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

Date learned: 10-00-1974

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MONEY AND WISH

IF YOU HAVE A PIECE OF MONEY AND SHAKE IT AT THE NEW MOON, AND
MAKE A WISH YOUR WISH WILL COME TRUE. THIS WILL GENERALLY ALSO
MAKE YOUR MONEY COME BACK DOUBLE TO YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): INCREASE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 10-00-1974

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WHEN A WOMAN IS PREGNANT AND IT IS ABOUT TIME FOR HER TO HAVE THE
BABY SHE WILL HAVE THE BABY WHEN THE MOON IS FULL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 10-00-1974

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ILLNESS

IF A BABY IS SICK, DIP HIM IN COLD WATER ON THE SECOND FULL MOON OF
THE SEASON.

Where learned: HOME ; SCHOOL ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Number
BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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METAPHOR

ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; COLOR

James Callow Keyword(s): ILLUSION ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WEATHER SAYINGS

CLEAR MOON,
FROST SOON.

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): RHYME ; WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 09-07-1969

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A RAIL FENCE MUST BE LAID DURING THE DARK OF THE MOON ELSE
IT WILL SINK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business

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