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FIRST STAR

IF YOU MAKE A WISH ON THE VERY FIRST STAR OF THE NIGHT IT WILL
COME TRUE IF YOU DON'T TELL ANYONE WHAT THE WISH WAS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID HE ALWAYS KNEW THIS AND SEEMED TO BELIEVE IT WAS
COMMON KNOWLEDGE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; AU SABLE RESORT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Star

Date learned: 12-00-1963

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SHOOTING STAR

TO SEE A SHOOTING STAR IS A SIGN OF GOOD LUCK. MANY TIMES WISHES
MADE AT THE TIME ACTUALLY COME TRUE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID HE HAD ALWAYS KNOWN IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; AU SABLE RANCH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Star

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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SICK PERSONS WHO SEE A SHOTTING STAR WILL RECOVER IN ONE
MONTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 03-20-1968

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A FALLING STAR SEEN BY YOU WILL MEAN DEATH TO SOMEONE
YOU KNOW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU SEE A SHOTTING STAR, IT MEANS THAT ANOTHER SOUL
HAS PASSED INTO ETERNITY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 02-09-1968

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FIRSTS

CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER DOES NOT START UNTIL FIRST STAR APPEARS
IN THE SKY.

Submitter comment: MOTHER WOULD ALWAYS REMIND US OF THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
BELIEF -- Star

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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DEATH

SHOOTING STARS MEAN THAT SOMEONE HAS JUST DIED.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 11-24-1973

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A SUPERSTITION I REMEMBER IS WHEN A FALLING STAR FALLS TOWARD A
DWELLING, IT MEANS SOMEONE WILL DIE IN IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 09-22-1972

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STAR

IF YOU MAKE A WISH ON THE FIRST STAR SEEN AT NIGHT YOU WILL HAVE
GOOD LUCK

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.111

Date learned: 12-04-1972

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STARS

STARS WERE MADE WHEN THE TREES GREW SO TALL THAT THEY POKED HOLES
IN THE SKY.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HIS MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Universe
BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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STAR BELIEF

IF YOU WISH ON A FALLING STAR, YOUR WISH WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: 870
BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- Prayer

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PREDICTION

IF YOU SEE A FALLING STAR, YOU MUST IMMEDIATELY MAKE
A WISH AND IT WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; ADVICE: POSITIVE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 10-27-1969

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STAR BELIEF

ON CHRISTMAS EVE, THE BRIGHT STAR TO THE NORTH IS SHINING OVER
THE STABLE AT BETHLEHEM.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122
BELIEF -- Star

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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STAR BELIEF

A FALLING STAR MEANS THAT SOMEONE IS SELLING HIS SOUL TO THE DEVIL.
IF YOU WISH TO SAVE HIS SOUL, MAKE THE SIGN OF THE CROSS.

Where learned: WARREN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 02-15-1970

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WITCH BELIEF

EVERYTIME YOU SEE A FALLING STAR, A WITCH HAS DIED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HUNTINGTON WOODS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Star

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STAR BELIEF

A FALLING STAR MEANS THAT SOMEONE IS SELLING HIS SOUL TO THE
THE DEVIL. IF YOU WISH TO SAVE THE SOUL, MAKE THE SIGN OF THE CROSS.

Where learned: WARREN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 02-15-1970

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STAR BELIEF

TWINKLE, TWINKLE LITTLE STAR, HOW I WONDER WHAT YOU ARE.
UP ABOVE THE WORLD SO HIGH, LIKE A DIAMOND IN THE SKY.
I WISH I MAY, I WISH I MIGHT,
HAVE THE WISH I WISH TONIGHT.
IF YOU MAKE A WISH ON THE FIRST STAR THAT YOU SEE, YOUR
WISH WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; GULLEY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Star

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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STAR BELIEF

WHEN YOU SEE A STAR FALL, SAY THE WORD 'MONEY' THREE TIMES.
BEFORE THE STAR HITS THE GROUND AND YOU WILL COME INTO CONTACT
WITH SOME MONEY, OR YOU WILL WIN IT.

Where learned: DEARBORN

Subject headings: 686 686.1
BELIEF -- Star
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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STAR BELIEF

IF YOU MAKE A WISH ON A FALLING STAR, IT WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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STAR BELIEF

YOU SHOULD WISH ON THE FIRST STAR.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; NIAGARA FALLS

Subject headings: 686 686.1
BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00001950S

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