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BELIEF-HOME

DON'T TAKE A BATH DURING AN ELECTRICAL STORM FOR FEAR OF
ELECTROCUTION.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: INDIANA ; Hudson Lake

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 11-23-1967

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ON ASSUMPTION DAY (AUGUST 15), IF YOU BLESS FLOWERS
AND KEEP THEM IN YOUR HOUSE,
LIGHTNING WILL NOT STRIKE YOUR HOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-00-1972

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DURING AN ELECTRICAL STORM

ACCORDING TO THIS BELIEF, IF A PERSON LEAVES HIS TELEVISION DURING
AN ELECTRICAL STORM, LIGHTNING WILL HIT IT, BLOW IT UP, AND
ELECTROCUTE ALL PERSONS WATCHING IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder

Date learned: 09-25-1972

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"I ALWAYS USED TO HEAR THAT IF YOU BURNED A CANDLE DURING A STORM,
LIGHTNING WON'T STRIKE."

Submitter comment: THE CANDLE COULD BE ALONE, OR A VOTIVE TYPE CANDLE.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder

Date learned: 11-15-1972

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LIGHTNING NEVER STRIKES TWICE IN THE SAME PLACE.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00001950S

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THUNDER

WHEN IT THUNDERS, THE LORD IS WALKING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder

Date learned: 09-12-1972

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ANGELS

THUNDER MEANS THE ANGELS ARE BOWLING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder

Date learned: 04-01-1968

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IT IS AN OLD BELIEF AMONG FARMERS THAT IT IS BENEFICIAL TO LET
BARN-SWALLOWS BUILD NESTS IN YOUR BARN, BECAUSE LIGHTNING WILL
NEVER STRIKE A BARN WHERE BARN-SWALLOWS LIVE.

Where learned: OHIO ; AMHERST

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder

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LIGHTNING WILL NOT STRIKE THE SAME SPOT TWICE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 686.1.2
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

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ANGEL BELIEF

LIGHTNING IS THE RESULT OF THE CLASHING OF THE SWORDS OF THE GODS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Gods
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 04-01-1968

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HOME PROTECTION BELIEF IN STORM

IT IS A COMMON PRACTICE IN NEWFOUNDLAND IN CATHOLIC HOMES
TO LIGHT CANDLES AND TURN OFF ELECTRICITY TO PROTECT THE HOME
AGAINST STORMS.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT'S MOTHER STILL DOES THIS, BUT THE INFORMANT
DOES NOT THINK THAT THERE IS ANYTHING TO THE PRACTICE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DISBELIEF

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 11-00-1971

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HOME STORM PROTECTION

WHENEVER A STORM WOULD ARISE MY GRANDMOTHER WOULD PUT
A BLESSED PALM IN THE WINDOW TO PREVENT LIGHTNING FROM STRIKING
THE HOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PLANT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

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HOME STORM PROTECTION

DURING A STORM, YOU SHOULD LIGHT BLESSED CANDLES. THIS WILL
PROTECT THE HOUSE FROM LIGHTNING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 01-30-1971

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STORM BELIEF

NEVER CARRY A METAL OBJECT WHEN IT THUNDERS.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT KNEW A MAN IN POLAND WHO WAS HOLDING A BIG SICKLE
AND HAD A NEEDLE IN HIS CAP WHILE IT WAS STRUCK BY THE LIGHTNING
AND THUNDERING. THE MAN GOT STRUCK BY THE LIGHTNING AND WAS
KILLED. MY FATHER SAW THE CORPSE AS IT WAS PULLED BY.
(IN POLAND, 1915-1920).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.222

Date learned: 11-19-1971

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HOME STORM PROTECTION BELIEF

INFORMANT'S MOTHER ALWAYS LIGHTS A CANDLE DURING A
THUNDERSTORM TO PROTECT THE HOUSE FROM LIGHTNING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 10-08-1971

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LIGHTNING WON'T STRIKE TWICE IN THE SAME PLACE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 686.1.2
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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WEATHER BELIEF

INFORMANT'S MOTHER WOULD LEAVE THE FRONT DOOR OPEN
WHEN IT WAS LIGHTNING BECAUSE IF THE LIGHTNING STRUCK THE HOUSE,
IT WOULD GO OUT THE FRONT DOOR. IF THE DOOR WAS CLOSED,
THE LIGHTNING WOULD CREATE A VACUUM, AND DRAW ALL THE AIR OUT
OF THE HOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 02-10-1970

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LIGHTNING NEVER STRIKES TWICE IN THE SAME PLACE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 686.1.2
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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A CANDLE IN EACH WINDOW WILL PREVENT
LIGHTNING FROM HITTING YOUR HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

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

Date learned: 11-19-1968

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STORM BELIEF

WHEN IT THUNDERS AND LIGHTINGS, GOD IS ANGRY WITH HIS PEOPLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): LIGHTNING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creator
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

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