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MARRIAGE PREDICTION SUPERSTITION

PEEL AN APPLE--IF THE PEELING COMES OFF IN ONE STRIP, SWING IT
THREE TIMES IN THE AIR AND THROW IT OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER. THE
PERSON WHOSE INITIAL IT COMES OUT IN IS THE PERSON YOU'RE TO
MARRY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Apple ; BELIEF ; MARRIAGE ; Peel ; PREDICTION ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; POSITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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BELIEF: CATCHING FISH

TAKE ROSE SEED AND MUSTARD SEED, AND THE FOOT OF A WEASEL, AND
HANG THESE IN A NET; FISH WILL COLLECT THERE.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HIS YOUTH.

Where learned: INDIANA ; South Bend

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 11-23-1967

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MENSTRUATION SUPERSTITION

WHEN A WOMAN IS MENSTRUATING SHE SHOULD NEVER GO NEAR FLOWERS
OR THEY WILL WILT.

Submitter comment: LEARNED AS A YOUNG GIRL FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 01-01-1964

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BIRTHMARK SUPERSTITION

STRAWBERRY BIRTHMARKS SWELL-UP DURING STRAWBERRY SEASON.

Submitter comment: MRS. BALDWIN HEARD THIS FROM HER MOTHER DURING HER CHILDHOOD IN
BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LATHRUP VILLAGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 12-08-1963

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HEALING WATERS

ONE WINTER A GREAT PLAGUE STRUCK AND MANY INDIANS DIED. ONE YOUNG
MAN NAMED MONTA HAD LOST ALL HIS FAMILY BUT HIS NEW WIFE, WHO WAS
ILL. MONTA PRAYED TO MANITOU, THE GREAT SPIRIT, TO GIVE HIM A
PLANT WHICH WOULD CURE HIS WIFE. AFTER HIS PRAYER, HE COVERED HIS
WIFE WITH SOFT FIRS AND BEGAN HIS SEARCH OVER THE SNOW-COVERED
EARTH. FOR THREE DAYS HE SEARCHED, BUT THE PLANTS WERE ALL SLEEP-
ING UNTIL SPRING AND NO ANIMALS WERE IN SIGHT. FINALLY HE FELL
ASLEEP. ALL THE ANIMALS OF THE FOREST GATHERED AROUND, FOR HE
HAD ALWAYS BEEN GOOD TO THEM. THEY PRAYED TO THE GREAT SPIRIT TO
HELP MONTA. THE GREAT SPIRIT HEARD AND SENT MONTA A DREAM. IN
THE DREAM MONTA SAW HIS WIFE WELL AND HEARD HER SINGING. SHE SANG
OF THE HEALING WATERS OF THE GREAT MANITOU. WHEN MONTA AWOKE HE
HEARD THE WATERS SINGING AND BEGAN TO DIG UNDER HIS FEET. UP
SPRANG THE HEALING WATERS. HE WASHED IN THE WATER AND BECAME
STRONG. HE TOOK WATER TO HIS WIFE AND SHE WAS SAVED. FROM THEN
ON, THE PEOPLE OF THE VILLAGE BATHED IN THE SPRING AND WERE NEVER
ILL AGAIN.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Supernatural Being
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Running water Small current. Brook, spring....
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Magic
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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NOT GIVEN

THERE'S THIS GUY NAMED STADTON THAT DID A LOT OF HUNTING. HE WAS
HUNTING SQUIRRELS ONE EARLY MORNING ALONG BY A CORN FIELD. THERE
WAS A RAIL FENCE AT THE END OF THE FIELD WHERE THE SQUIRRELS
LIVED. THEY WOULD COME INTO THE CORN FIELD AND EAT THE CORN.
IT WAS BARELY DAYLIGHT AND THIS BEAR CAME ALONG. THAT BEAR WAS
PULLING OFF THOSE EARS OF CORN LIKE A MAN WOULD. HE GOT AN ARMFUL
OF THEM AND THEN WOULD GO DOWN TO A LOWER PLACE AND HEAVE THEM
INTO A BIG CYPRESS STUMP. STADTON SAID HE HAD TO GO DOWN THERE
AND SEE WHY THE BEAR WAS THROWING THEM IN THERE. STADTON WENT
AND HE SAID THE BEAR, HE HAD A HOG IN THAT THERE STUMP AND WAS
FATTENING HIM UP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 02-07-1972

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SHRUB OAK, NEW YORK

SHRUB OAK RECEIVED ITS ODD NAME BECAUSE OF THE FLORA THAT IS
PREVALENT IN THIS AREA. WHEN THE FIRST SETTLERS ARRIVED THERE,
THEY FOUND THE TALL OAK TREES IN THE FOREST COVERED WITH SHRUBS
AT THEIR BASES--SO SHRUB OAK WAS THE NAME GIVEN TO THE TOWN.

Submitter comment: PATRICK LEARNED THIS WHILE LIVING IN SHRUB OAK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-12-1967

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POPCORN

ONE TIME WE PLANTED POPCORN TO SEE IF WE COULD GET POPCORN ON THE
COB. THE CORN GREW INTO REGULAR CORN, BUT IT GOT SO HOT ONE DAY
THAT THE CORN POPPED RIGHT ON THE COB.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-08-1968

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IF YOU SMELL ROSES WHEN THERE ARE NO ROSES NEAR,
YOU WILL SOON HEAR OF SOMEONE CLOSE TO YOU DYING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Use of Object Plant

Date learned: 01-00-1968

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IF A GREEN LIMB FALLS OUT OF A TREE ON A CALM DAY, THAT
IS A SIGN OF DEATH.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT ACTUALLY BELIEVES IN THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
Favorites
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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IN A SUGAR BEET FIELD IF THERE IS A WHITE LEAF
DURING HARVEST, SOMEONE WILL DIE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

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

Date learned: 01-00-1968

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YELLOW ROSES ARE A SIGN OF FADING AFFECTION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Marriage Dating Courtship

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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A WHITE ROSE WHICH BLOOMS IN THE MIDDLE OF FALL
IS SAID TO BE A SURE SIGN OF AN EARLY DEATH TO
THE BEHOLDER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 10-02-1968

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FERN IS A TRADITINAL SYMBOL OF LONG PROSPERITY AND LIFE.
PINE IS THE SYMBOL OF LONGEVITY IN JAPAN BECAUSE OF
ITS ENDURING GREEN NEEDLES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOL

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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THERE WAS A BELIEF IN OLDER FARMING COMMUNITIES WHICH
STILL LINGERS THAT THE PERSON WHO FINDS A RED EAR OF
CORN WILL SOON BE MARRIED. GIRLS SEARCHED FOR THEM.

Submitter comment: I HAVE HEARD THIS BELIEF EXPRESSED AMONG FARMING
FAMILIES ESPECIALLY WHEN THE WHOLE FAMILY IS HELPING
TO HUSK CORN, IT ADDS AN ELEMENT OF SURPRISE.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; STURGEON LAKE

Subject headings: Observation
Favorites
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Marriage

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A FOUR-LEAF CLOVER IS GOOD LUCK. A FIVE-LEAF CLOVER
IS BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A SUEPRSTITION COMMON IN THE OSWALD FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.11
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.11

Date learned: 09-20-1967

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BAMBOO MEANS CONSTANCY AND FAITHFULNESS IN JAPAN. IT
IS A GOOD OMEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOL

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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BELIEF

DURING DIFFERENT TIMES OF THE YEAR, LITTLE WHITE FLUFFS FLOAT IN
THE AIR. WE CALL THEM SANTA CLAUSES AND IF YOU CATCH ONE AND MAKE
A WISH, THEN LET IT GO, YOUR WISH WILL COME TRUE.

Submitter comment: I AM NOT SURE WHAT THE LITTLE WHITE FLUFF IS, BUT SOME HAVE SAID IT
COULD BE A COTTONWOOD TREE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Prayer
SPEECH -- Folk Name for Plant

Date learned: 00001960S

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BELIEF ABOUT PEANUTS

EATING LARGE AMOUNTS OF PEANUTS MAKES A MAN VIRILE

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED BELIEF IN MEXI
AND CLAIMS THAT THE BELIEF
COMES FROM A STORY ABOUT A KING WHO FED HIS SLAVES PEANUTS SO
THAT THEY WOULD BE STRONG AND BEAR MANY CHILDREN. HOWEVER
I COULD FIND NO SUCH STORY OR MOTIF IN LIBRARY RESEARCH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Abnormal in size
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-27-1974

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CUSTOM

PUT A MONEY STEALER IN YOUR POCKET,
AND IT WILL STEAL YOUR CHANGE.
(A MONEY STEALER IS A TYPE OF POLLEN FLYING THROUGH THE AIR)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; NEW JERSEY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; ELIZABETH ; CAMPUS

James Callow Keyword(s): PLANT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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