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BELIEF--DAILY LIFE

IF THE SUNSET IS CLEAR ON FRIDAY NIGHT, THERE WILL BE A STORM
BEFORE SUNDAY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER FATHER.

Where learned: INDIANA ; Hudson Lake

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST

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

Date learned: 11-23-1967

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HAWAIIAN SUPERSTITION

WHEN THE KINGS AND QUEENS RETURN TO THE ISLANDS, IT IS A GOOD
SIGN WHEN IT RAINS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 04-08-1971

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HAPPY THE CORPSE THAT'S RAINED ON.

Submitter comment: HEARD AT HER UNCLE'S FUNERAL, RECENTLY--IT RAINED
THAT DAY.

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 08-08-1964

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IF IT RAINS ON A CORPSE IT WILL BE HAPPY IN HEAVEN.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RAIN FALLING IN AN OPEN GRAVE IS A SURE SIGN OF
IMPENDING DEATH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 03-08-1968

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HUNGARIAN MARRIAGE PREDICTION

IF IT RAINS THE DAY A PERSON IS BURIED, HIS/HER
SPOUSE WILL GET REMARRIED WITHIN ONE YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through

Date learned: 10-10-1968

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IF IT RAINS ON YOUR BIRTHDAY OR ON THE DAY OF
YOUR WEDDING, YOU WILL HAVE A PROSPEROUS COMING YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Marriage Superstition about good weather
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year

Date learned: 02-22-1970

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OPEN AN UMBRELLA INSIDE THE HOUSE AND IT WILL RAIN
THREE EXTRA DAYS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Observation
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Human condition and activities

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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WEATHER BELIEF

THERE WAS NO RAIN UNTIL THE FLOOD (NOAH AND THE FLOOD). PRIOR TO
THIS A MIST COVERED THE EARTH TO PROVIDE MOISTURE.

Where learned: WASHINGTON ; EDWALL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Universe
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 08-02-1970

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WEATHER BELIEF

WHEN THERE IS A WHIRLWIND OF DUST THERE WON'T BE RAIN FOR SEVERAL
DAYS. WHEN SEVERAL WHIRLWINDS OF DUST OCCUR, THE WEATHER IS GOING
TO CHANGE.

Where learned: WASHINGTON ; EDWALL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.1

Date learned: 08-02-1970

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BLUE MIST

IT IS BELIEVED THAT UPON A CERTAIN STREET IN GROSSE ILE, AT A
CERTAIN TIME, THE BLUE MIST DESCENDS UPON ANY CAR THAT TRESPASSES
THERE.

Submitter comment: THERE DOESN'T SEEM TO BE A STORY AS TO THE WHY OF THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

James Callow Keyword(s): GROSSE ILE IS AN ISLAND IN THE DETROIT RIVER ; GROSSE ILE, MICHIGAN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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WEATHER SUPERSTITION

IF YOU SEE COWS LAYING DOWN, THAT MEANS IT WILL RAIN.

Submitter comment: I FIRST HEARD THIS ITEM FROM MY MOTHER WHEN I WAS A SMALL CHILD,
AND WE WERE TAKING A DRIVE THROUGH THE COUNTRY. SHE HAD HEARD
IT FROM HER MOTHER, WHO STRONGLY BELIEVED IT, AND WHO HAD LIVED ON A
FARM AS A SMALL GIRL. MY MOTHER "THINKS THERE MIGHT BE SOMETHING TO
IT," BUT DOES NOT TOTALLY BELIEVE IN THE IDEA. MY FATHER HAS HEARD
THE SUPERSTITION ALSO.
SOMETIMES WE WOULD SEE A GROUP OF COWS: SOME STANDING AND SOME
LYING. HAVING NO REAL ANSWER, MY PARENTS WOULD TELL ME THAT THE
COWS WERE NOT SURE WHAT IT WAS GOING TO DO.

Where learned: OHIO ; MASSILLON

Subject headings: 891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, (vertebrate and invertebrate)
891 Animals, vertebrate and invertebrate)
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BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through P891.3
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Animals (vertebrate and invertebrate)

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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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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WEATHER BELIEF IN PROSE

IF IT RAINS BEFORE SEVEN, IT WILL STOP BEFORE ELEVEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.891
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through A time segment or a direction

Date learned: 09-00-1973

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IF SOMEONE DIES HE SHOULD BE BURIED BEFORE THE FIRST RAIN OR ELSE
HIS SPIRIT WILL WALK.

Submitter comment: AN OLD CHEROKEE INDIAN BELIEF WHICH IS ACTUALLY BELIEVED BY THE
INFORMANT. HER MOTHER PASSED THE BELIEF DOWN TO HER.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): INDIAN (CHEROKEE)

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00001972 SUMMER

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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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