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GOOD LUCK

IN JAPAN, IT IS A VILLAGE BELIEF THAT WHEN STANDING ON A CERTAIN
ROCK FOUND ON A BEACH, ONE SEES THE EMPEROR, GOOD LUCK FOR ONE
YEAR WILL BE HIS.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT DORMS

Keyword(s): JAPANESE BELIEF ; NUMBERS: ONE ; TIME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Formation
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.2

Date learned: 11-13-1969

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BELIEF SAYS THAT IF YOU LOOK UP AT THE MOUNTAINS, YOU WILL SEE AN
ENORMOUS RED STONE WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO BE A GIANT RUBY.
PEOPLE OF THAT REGION SAY THEY HAVE SEEN THE RED STONE AND HAVE GONE
SEARCHING FOR IT.

Submitter comment: PROFESSOR GRAVELLE LEARNED THE BELIEF IN THE WHITE MOUNTAINS OF
NORTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE
I COLLECTED THEM FROM HER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Where learned: NORTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Formation
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 00001970S

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THE CAVE IN ARECIBO

THERE IS CAVE THAT IS CLOSE TO THE OCEAN WHERE INDIANS
USED TO LIVE. THERE ARE MANY INDIAN DRAWINGS ON THE WALLS.
IT HAS BEEN SAID THAT AT CERTAIN TIMES OF THE YEAR, WHEN
THE CROPS ARE DUE FOR HARVEST, IF YOU GO INTO THE CAVE
YOU CAN HEAR THE HARVEST CHANTS OF THE INDIANS
WHO ONCED LIVED THERE.

Submitter comment: SHE HAS VISITED THIS CAVE, BUT HEARD NO NOISES.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

Keyword(s): GHOSTLY VOICES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: 00001960S ; 11-00-1987

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MOUNT EL YUNQUE

THERE IS A TROPICAL FOREST IN THE MOUNTAINS WHERE THE
INDIANS HAD THEIR LAST FIGHT. IT IS SAID THAT IF ANYONE
GOES IN, THEY WILL NEVER RETURN AND THEIR BODY NOR BONES
WILL EVER BE FOUND.

Submitter comment: SHE REMEMBERS THAT MANY PARENTS TOLD THEIR CHILDREN
THIS STORY AND NO ONE KNOWS IF IT IS TRUE OR NOT.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

Keyword(s): EL YUNQUE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: 11-00-1987 ; 11-00-1987

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Balinese custom

The land of Bali is Gods' island, the gods own and operate
everything. It is known as the Gods' paradise.

Where learned: Bali ; Indonesia

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Gods
BELIEF -- Formation
BELIEF -- Explanation of a name
SPEECH -- Folk etymology
SPEECH -- Place

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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SONG

IN THE LAND OF ODEN
THERE IS A MOUNTAIN
WHICH IS TWENTY MILLION
MILES IN THE AIR.
AND EVERY MILLION YEARS
A LITTLE BIRD COMES A WINGING
TO SHARPEN HIS BEAK ON THAT MOUNTAIN;
THEN HE QUICKLY DISAPPEARS.
AND WHEN THAT MOUNTAIN
HAS WORN AWAY
THAT'S WHEN ETERNITY WILL BE
ONE SINGLE DAY
ONE SINGLE DAY
ONE SINGLE DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LAPEER ; CAMP O'FAIRWINDS

James Callow Keyword(s): ODIN ; RELATIVITY

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Formation
BELIEF -- Measure of time

Date learned: 06-00-1979

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Mt. Lemon in Tucson, Arizona is said to have the Red God of
Fire. This is a creature which walks the mountain whenever
heat lightning strikes the mountain in the form of red
lightning.

Submitter comment: A silly myth, of course everybody knows that light cannot
walk. The short story was still imaginative and somewhat
interesting.

Where learned: Arizona ; Tucson

Keyword(s): Tall, Weather

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Gods
BELIEF -- P428
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Fire
BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: 00-00-1991

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When you go into the jungle, you cannot urinate in the wild
without asking permission from the Tata-Mora. If you do, then
something bad relating to what you did will happen.

Submitter comment: Tata-Mora is an elder of the village.

Where learned: Yigo ; Guam

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Formation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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In south central Michigan it was believed that Paul Bunyanesque
creatures have inhabited the area and shaped the gently rolling
hills, small ponds, and numerous lakes. These unnamed creatures
still roamed the country side at times causing mud slides, sink
holes, and other natural phenomena.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Supernatural Being
BELIEF -- Abnormal in size
BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: 03-00-1992

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Japan-Suicide

In Japan, suicide is an acceptable way to solve problems. The
Japanese feel that the spirit is more important than the body and
still lives on after death.

In fact, in Japan there is a lovers' leap. Lovers whose families
won't allow them to marry tie themselves together and jump together.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND

James Callow Keyword(s): cliff

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Formation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 01-00-1990

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Japan -- Creation

It is told in Japan that the "Goddess Above All Others" was having
intercourse with a cousin, and the cousin's sperm dropped into the
water and Japan was formed from this.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Gods
BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: 01-00-1990

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MANY LEGENDS ARE BUILT AROUND SUPPOSED HAPPENINGS IN
CONNECTION WITH LAVA FLOWS IN THE OUTLYING ISLANDS
OF THE HAWAIIAN CHAIN. I HAVE HEARD SEVERAL VARIA-
TIONS OF THIS TALE.
ONE DAY ONE OF "THE OLD ONES" (A LEGENDARY PERSON WHO
APPEARS IN MORTAL FORM, ASKING FOR ALMS) APPEARED AT
THE DOOR OF A POOR MAN'S HUT ON THE SLOPES OF MAUNA
KEA. HE WAS GIVEN HOSPITALITY, AND WHEN IT WAS TIME
FOR HIM TO GO, HE INSTRUCTED THE POOR MAN TO PUT THREE
STONES AT THE FOUR CORNERS OF HIS LAND. THE OLD MAN
DID AS HE WAS TOLD, AND SOON AFTER, THE VOLCANO
ERRUPTED AND LAVA POURED DOWN THE MOUNTAIN, DESTROYING
EVERYTHING IN ITS PATH--BUT WHEN IT REACHED THE OLD
MAN'S LAND, IT SPLIT AND WENT AROUND. (THEY WILL
STILL SHOW YOU A NUMBER OF PLACES WHICH ARE BARE OF
LAVA AND THERE IS A VARIATION OF THE STORY TO GO
WITH EACH ONE.)

Where learned: BETHESDA ; MARYLAND, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): ANGEL?

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Supernatural Being
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formation
BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF ANYONE WALKS TO THE END OF A RAINBOW, HE WILL GET A POT OF
GOLD.

James Callow Keyword(s): WEALTH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Formation
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth

Date learned: 06-18-1972

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THE DISMAL SWAMPS ARE LOCATED IN SUFFOLK, VIRGINIA. THERE
ARE PHOSPHOROUS LIGHTS IN MOST SWAMPY AREAS, BUT THERE IS
A LEGEND ABOUT THE LIGHTS IN THE DISMAL SWAMPS. THE LIGHTS
IN THIS SWAMP BELONG TO A GIRL WHO IS LOOKING FOR HER HUSBAND
WHO WAS LOST HUNTING.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Formation

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THERE IS ONE STORY TOLD ABOUT THE BELL WITCH CAVE. ABOUT
FORTY YEARS AGO, A DOCTOR SENT ONE OF HIS PATIENTS TO THE
CAVE. SHE WAS TO STAND AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE CAVE TO CURE
HER OF HER COMPLAINTS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; SPRINGFIELD

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Formation
BELIEF -- Curer
BELIEF -- Remedy

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WHEN BAMBOOS HAVE WHITE FLOWERS, IT'S A SIGN OF DISASTER.
BAMBOOS HAVE WHITE FLOWERS ONCE EVERY SIXTY YEARS AND
WITHER ALL OF THEM ONCE EVERY THIRTY YEARS. FOUR YEARS AGO
(1973) ALL OF THE WHITE FLOWERS WITHERED AND AT THAT YEAR
WE HAD AN UNUSUAL TYPHOON SEASON. THIS YEAR (1977) IN SOME
PLACES BAMBOOS HAD FLOWERS AND IN SOME PLACES THEY WITHERED.
AT THE SAME TIME USE VOLCANO EXPLODED ON AUGUST 3rd AND THE
CITY NEAR THE VOLCANO WAS COMPLETELY RUINED. THE EXPLOSION
OF VOLCANOES HAPPEN PERIODICALLY ONCE EVERY THIRTY YEARS
AND IN EACH CASES BAMBOO TREES HAVE WHITE FLOWERS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; JAPAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado
BELIEF -- Formation
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.30
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.60

Date learned: 10-10-1977

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BAD LUCK

IT'S BAD LUCK FOR A BLACK CAT TO CROSS ONE'S PATH.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; COLUMBIA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Formation
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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