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PROTECTION AGAINST VAMPIRES

JUMPING OVER A NATURALLY RUNNING WATER STREAM, WILL PREVENT
A VAMPIRE FROM FOLLOWING YOU, BECAUSE THEY ARE UNABLE TO CROSS IT.

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James Callow comment:

PLAY ON THE WORD "CROSS"?--F. M. PAULSEN

Where learned: ENGLAND ; WORCESTER

Keyword(s): SUPERNATURAL ; SUPERSTITION ; Undead ; Vampire

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire
BELIEF -- Running water Small current.

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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FARMER BILL'S WILL

THE C.Y.O. CAMP IS LOCATED AT PT. SANILAC MICHIGAN. MURPHY'S
CREEK RUNS THROUGH IT, AND AT ONE POINT, THERE IS A LARGE
SARCOPHAGUS SHAPED STONE IN THE MIDDLE.
ON IT ARE A NUMBER OF SCRAMBLED LETTERS AND NUMBERS. IT IS
SAID THAT THIS IS BILL MURPHY'S GRAVE.
HE HAD OWNED AND FARMED THE LAND AT ONE TIME
THE CAMPERS STAYED OUT LATE AT NIGHT, ON A MOONLESS EVENING, THEY
COULD SEE THE COFFIN LID OPENED. IN THE DISTANCE A SINGLE
FIGURE COULD BE OUTLINED. IT WAS OLD BILL PLOWING HIS FIELDS.
I LEARNED THIS AT CAMP, BUT NEVER SAW BILL.

James Callow comment: THE WORD "CERTAIN" MAKES THIS QUESTIONABLE--BUT IT'S
AS CLOSE AS I CAN COME--FRANK M. PAULSEN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Port Sanilac

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Running water Small current.
BELIEF -- Word Letter

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Balinese custom

If water is drunk from a brook or stream that appears to be
magical, it looks like lard, it is called Sleeping Water which
brings great wealth, happiness and health.

Where learned: Bali ; Indonesia

Keyword(s): WATER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Water
BELIEF -- Running water Large current.
BELIEF -- Running water Small current.

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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