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RELIGIOUS SUPERSTITION ABOUT MIRRORS

IF YOU STOOD BEFORE A MIRROR AND GROOMED YOURSELF, YOU WERE
LEAVING YOURSELF OPEN TO TEMPTATIONS OF PRIDE.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER MOTHER AT HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Daily Life

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WATCHING CARS

THIS INFORMANT THOUGHT THAT THIS ITEM ESPECIALLY SHOULD BE
RECORDED AS FOLKLORE. IT HAS LONG BEEN AN ESTABLISHED CUSTOM
WHEN PARKING IN THE AREA OF BRIGGS (NOW TIGER) STADIUM TO GIVE
THE BOYS IN THE AREA 25 CENTS OR MORE WHEN THEY ASK FOR IT,
OTHERWISE YOU MAY COME BACK TO A CAR WITH 4 FLAT TIRES OR NO
HUBCAPS OR ANY ONE OF A NUMBER OF THINGS. THIS IS A COMMON
PRACTICE, EVEN THOUGH THERE MAY NOT BE A PAY PARKING LOT FOR
BLOCKS!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): EXTORTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Daily Life

Date learned: 03-15-1967

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GOOD FRIDAY

IN BELGIUM, ON GOOD FRIDAY, IT IS BELIEVED THAT ALL THE CHURCH BELLS
FLEW TO ROME ON THAT DAY. THEY ALSO FLEW BACK ON EASTER SUNDAY AT
WHICH TIME THEY DROPPED EASTER EGGS FOR THE CHILDREN.

Submitter comment: RECORDED ON TAPE

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
BELIEF -- Daily Life

Date learned: 11-01-1970

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MENSTRUATION SUPERSTITION

YOU SHOULD NEVER CAN WHEN A WOMAN IS HAVING HER
PERIOD BECAUSE IT WILL SPOIL.

Submitter comment: POPULAR BELIEF IN GLOUCESTER, OHIO, WHEN SHE
WAS YOUNG.

Where learned: OHIO ; GLOUCESTER

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Daily Life

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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MENSTRUATION SUPERSTITION

YOU CAN'T GO IN A GARDEN DURING YOUR PERIOD. IT
WILL KILL THE CUCUMBER VINES.
AND YOU COULDN'T TOUCH MEAT, UNLESS YOU WERE
GOING TO COOK IT RIGHT AWAY, OR IT WOULD SPOIL.

Submitter comment: POPULAR BELIEF IN GLOUCESTER, OHIO, WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG.

Where learned: OHIO ; GLOUCESTER

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Daily Life

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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BAD LUCK OMEN

WHEN GIVING A SHARP ITEM (SUCH AS KNIVES OR RAZORS), GIVE THE
PERSON A PENNY FOR EACH ITEM.

Submitter comment: THIS WILL ENSURE THAT THE BOND ( FRIENDSHIP, KINSHIP,ETC.) WILL
NOT BE BROKEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Daily Life

Date learned: 00-00-1946

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St. Peter-St. Paul

This game is one that tests reflex, memory, and intellect. There
must be six or more players, each player is assigned a number, and
everyone forms a circle. One player is chosen to be first. He/she
is named St. Peter. He/she calls a number and that player must say a
name in the bible; if there is any hesitation or if the player gives
the wrong answer (wrong answer is a name not in the bible) he/she is
out. If the player answers correctly he/she calls another player's
number and the game continues. The last player is the winner and
becomes St. Peter.

Submitter comment: St. Peter- St. Paul is both an indoor and outdoor game.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGION

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Daily Life

Date learned: 00001970S

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ITALIAN SUPERSTITION

DON'T THROW MONEY ON A BED OR YOU'LL LOSE IT.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER MOTHER WHO ONCE LIVED IN ITALY.

Where learned: ITALY ; NEW YORK ; YONKERS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Daily Life
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth

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YOU CAN'T SEW A GARMENT THAT IS ON YOUR BODY UNLESS YOU CHEW
SOMETHING TO SHOW YOU ARE ALIVE, SINCE THE ONLY TIME CLOTHES
SEWED ON YOUR BODY IS WHEN YOU ARE DEAD.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): FUNERAL PREPARATION

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Daily Life
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 04-22-1969

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IF A FEMALE LETS A PREGNANT WOMAN FIX HER HAIR, SHE WILL
BECOME BALD HEADED.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA ; GEORGETOWN

James Callow Keyword(s): HAIRDRESSING.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Daily Life
BELIEF -- Daily Life
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TWO PARTS OF CRUDE OIL AND ONE PART OF TURPENTINE REMOVES
THE WHITE SPOTS FROM FURNITURE, AND MAKES AS GOOD A
POLISH AS ONE CAN DESIRE TO HAVE.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Daily Life

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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IF YOU ACCIDENTALLY PUT YOUR DRESS ON ON THE WRONG SIDE, WHEN YOU
GET UP AND WEAR IT ON THE WRONG SIDE UNTIL NOON, AND THEN
CHANGE, YOU WILL LATER GET A NEW DRESS.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Overall body coverUpper body and arms
BELIEF -- Daily Life
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping

Date learned: 06-23-1972

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IF YOUR DRESS TAIL IS TURNED UP, SPIT ON IT AND YOU'LL GET
A NEW DRESS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MURFREESBORO

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Daily Life
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-18-1972

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MY HUSBAND'S UNCLE WOULD NOT KNOWIN(G)LY EAT ANYTHING THAT
HAD BEEN COOKED IN A PRESSURE COOKER DUE TO HIS BELIEF THAT
THE FOODS WERE NEITHER HEALTHY OR TASTY.

Where learned: NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Kind of heatCooking equipment
BELIEF -- Daily Life

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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A FRIEND OF THE INFORMANT HAS A STRANGE BELIEF ABOUT COATS.
SHE WEARS ONE WINTER AND SUMMER, EXPLAINING, "WHAT KEEPS
OUT THE COLD WILL KEEP OUT THE HEAT." THIS BELIEF WAS PASSED
TO HER FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Daily Life

Date learned: 08-01-1968

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IF THE HEM OF YOUR DRESS IS TURNED UP, KISS IT AND YOU WILL
GET A NEW ONE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; FRANKLIN

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Observation
BELIEF -- Daily Life

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF A BUTTERFLY LIGHTS ON YOUR DRESS, YOU WILL GET A NEW ONE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; FRANKLIN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Daily Life

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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GIRLS SHOULDN'T WEAR PATENT LEATHER SHOES BECAUSE THEY WILL
REFLECT THEIR UNDERWEAR.

Where learned: ALABAMA, ASSUMED ; HUNTSVILLE

Keyword(s): TEMPTATION PROVOCATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Daily Life

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF A GIRL HAS A TUCK IN THE HEM OF HER DRESS, SHE'LL GET A
NEW ONE IF SHE CAN KISS THE TUCK BEFORE IT FALLS OUT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): HEM OF DRESS TURNED UP

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Daily Life

Date learned: 06-13-1970

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IF AN INCH WORM IS CRAWLING ON YOUR DRESS OR SHIRT, HE'S MEASURING
YOU FOR A NEW ONE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Daily Life

Date learned: 06-13-1970

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