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THE SIGHTING OF A COMET WAS GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Comet
BELIEF -- Good luck Objects

Date learned: 10-29-1968

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A COMET'S LIGHT WILL CAUSE A FAMINE DURING THE YEAR, AND A
LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WILL BE KILLED IN THE AREAS WHERE IT IS
SEEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Comet

Date learned: 03-19-1968

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COMETS ARE SIGNS OF WARNING FROM GOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Comet

Date learned: 03-20-1968

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OMENS

A COMET OR METEOR INDICATES APPROACHING DEATH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 09-00-1973

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SIGN

SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT EVERY TIME A SHOOTING STAR FLASHES
ACROSS THE SKY, A CHILD HAS BEEN BORN TO REPLACE SOMEONE WHO HAS
DIED.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT DOES NOT BELIEVE THE STATEMENT.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DISBELIEF

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Comet
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 02-23-1972

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STAR BELIEF

WHEN YOU SEE A FALLING STAR MAKE A WISH AND IT WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: WINSTON SALEM ; NORTH CAROLINA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Comet
BELIEF -- Prayer

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COMET BELIEF

COMETS WILL BRING DISEASE AND PESTILENCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 02-02-1970

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FESTIVAL: THE JAPANESE STAR FESTIVAL

ALTHOUGH SOMEWHAT SAD IN THEM, THE STAR FESTIVAL IS OBSERVED IN A
SPIRIT OF JOY. (CHECK THE LEGEND FOR THE STAR FESTIVAL, UNDER
LEGENDS.) ON JULY 7, OR AUGUST 7, SUPPLICATIONS ARE MADE TO THE
WEAVER PRINCESS BY THOSE WHO WISH TO IMPROVE THEIR WEAVING AND
SEWING, AS WELL AS THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF THE GENTLE ARTS: MUSIC,
POETRY, CALLIGRAPHY, ETC. OF WHICH THE PRINCESS LATER BECAME THE
PATRON. AT THE SAME TIME, FARMERS PETITION THE HERDBOY STAR FOR
A BUMPER HARVEST.
CHARACTERISTIC OF THE STAR FESTIVAL, WHICH IS ESSENTIALLY A
CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL, ARE BAMBOO TREES SET UP IN FRONT OF THE
HOUSES OR BEFORE GARDEN SHRINES, ON WHOSE BRANCHES ARE HUNG LOVE
POEMS WRITTEN ON CARDS, ALSO PAPERS CUT IN THE SHAPE OF KIMINO,
5 COLOR THREADS, PAPER BALLOONS, ETC. ALSO OFFERED TO THE SPIRITS
OF THE TWO ROMANTIC STARS ARE ASSORTED FRUITS, VEGETABLES, CAKES,
AND CANDY.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS WRITTEN IN A LETTER FROM THE INFORMANT WHEN SHE WAS
TELLING ME ABOUT ONE OF THE JAPANESE FESTIVALS. FOR THE
LEGEND, SEE B455.

Data entry tech comment: TANABATA-MATSURI, FEAST OF TANABATA, JULY 7. SPICER, DOROTHY,
BOOK OF FESTIVALS, P. 199.

Where learned: JAPAN ; NAGANO

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.322
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July 7
BELIEF -- Comet
BELIEF -- Prayer

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SHOOTING STAR

WHEN YOU SEE A SHOOTING STAR (FALLING STAR) MAKE A WISH
AND IT WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: WINSTON SALEM ; NORTH CAROLINA ; informant's home ; 2108 E. 25th St.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Comet
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 09-08-1971

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IF YOU SEE A FALLING STAR, YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO MAKE A WISH.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Comet
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00001970S

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WHEN TWO PEOPLE WHO ARE FRIENDS ARE WALKING SIDE BY SIDE ON THE
ROAD IT IS FORBIDDEN FOR ANOTHER PERSON TO PASS BETWEEN THEM.
IF ANOTHER FELLOW PASSES BETWEEN THEM, THE COMMONSENSE OF THE TWO
FRIENDS WILL MOVE IN TO THE HEAD OF THE PERSON THAT PASSES
WHILE THE TWO FRIENDS WILL BECOME IDIOTS.

Where learned: NIGERIA ; KADUNA

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION ; TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Comet
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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See a shooting star in the sky, someone is going to die.

Where learned: Arkansas ; LITTLE ROCK

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- Comet
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 00-00-1920

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A FALLING STAR IS A LOST SOUL.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- Comet

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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Superstition

Point at a shooting star or even speak of it and you lose your next wish.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Origina BN's [P600.880, P800, P880] crossed out and replaced with current classifications.

Where learned: SCHOOL

Keyword(s): ASTROLOGY ; ASTRONOMY ; BELIEF ; CUSTOM ; GESTURE ; jinx ; Point ; SPEAKING TABU ; SUPERSTITION ; TABU ; WISH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Comet
BELIEF -- Prayer
SPEECH -- Gesture

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SIGN

SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT EVERY TIME A SHOOTING STAR FLASHES
ACROSS THE SKY, A CHILD HAS BEEN BORN TO REPLACE SOMEONE WHO HAS
DIED.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT DOES NOT BELIEVE THE ACTUAL STATEMENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DISBELIEF

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Comet
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 02-23-1972

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COMETS

COMETS WILL BRING DISEASE AND PESTILENCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 02-02-1970

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