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MONDAY'S CHILD IS FAIR OF FACE,
TUESDAY'S CHILD IS FULL OF GRACE.
WEDNESDAY'S CHILD IS FULL OF WOE,
THURSDAY'S CHILD HAS FAR TO GO.
FRIDAY'S CHILD IS LOVING AND GIVING,
SATURDAY'S CHILD WORKS HARD FOR HIS LIVING.
BUT THE CHILD WHO IS BORN ON THE SABBATH DAY
IS BONNY AND BLITHE AND GOOD AND GAY.

Submitter comment: FROM CHILDHOOD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

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BABY SUPERSTITION

LEAVING A BABY'S ARTICLE BEHIND IN YOUR HOST'S HOUSE MEANS THAT
THAT HOUSE WILL BE DUE TO HAVE A NEW ADDITION IN THE FAMILY.

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Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BABY ; BELIEF ; CLOTHING ; OMEN ; Predictor ; PREGNANCY ; SIGN ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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BIRTHMARK SUPERSTITION

MRS. BALDWIN HAS A SMALL MARK RESEMBLING A PIN PRICK ON THE LOWER
PART OF HER BACK. HER MOTHER TOLD HER THAT SHE HERSELF HAD BEEN
PRICKED WITH A PIN THERE WHILE PREGNANT AND THAT IS HOW IT WAS
PASSED ON.

Submitter comment: MRS. BALDWIN HEARD THIS IN HER CHILDHOOD FROM HER MOTHER 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 -- Birth

Date learned: 12-08-1963

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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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MOLE SUPERSTITION

MRS. BALDWIN SAYS THAT PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAIRY MOLES GOT THEM
BECAUSE THEIR MOTHER WAS BITTEN BY A DOG WHEN SHE WAS PREGNANT.

Submitter comment: MRS. BALDWIN DOESN'T REMEMBER WHERE SHE HEARD THIS BUT SHE HAD
BELIEVED IT AS LONG AS SHE CAN REMEMBER.

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 -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 12-08-1963

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PREGNANCY EFFECTS

YOU LOSE A TOOTH FOR EVERY BABY THAT YOU HAVE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Sign Color
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 03-20-1967

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PREGNANCY EFFECTS

WHEN YOU ARE PREGNANT AND YOU CRAVE CERTAIN FOODS, YOUR BABY
WILL HAVE A BIRTH MARK IN THE SHAPE OF THE FOOD THAT YOU CRAVE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER PARENTS WHO ARE OF IRISH DESCENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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 -- Birth

Date learned: 03-31-1967

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PREGNANCY EFFECTS

SOME WOMEN BELIEVE THAT A FALL OR AN ACCIDENT OR A BLOW ON THE
STOMACH WILL ALWAYS BRING A MISCARRIAGE TO A PREGNANT WOMAN.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS IN SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 03-20-1967

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PREGNANCY EFFECTS

IF A PREGNANT WOMAN EXPERIENCES A GREAT SHOCK SUCH AS A DEATH
IN THE FAMILY SHE WILL HAVE EARLY LABOR PAINS AND MOST LIKELY
LOSE THE BABY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM A GIRLFRIEND IN HIGH SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 03-20-1967

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PREGNANCY EFFECTS

WHEN YOU ARE PREGNANT THE BABY WILL CHOKE TO DEATH BY THE CORD IF
YOU EXERCISE TOO MUCH.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 03-20-1967

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PREGNANCY EFFECTS

IF A PREGNANT WOMAN SLEEPS A LOT OR SPENDS TOO MUCH TIME LYING
ON HER BACK, THE BABY WILL STICK TO HER BACK.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER MOTHER.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BABY ; BELIEF ; BIRTH ; MOTHER ; PREGNANCY ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 03-31-1967

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PREGNANCY EFFECTS

WHATEVER A PREGNANT WOMAN LISTENS TO WILL CHANGE OR AFFECT THE
BABY'S MIND AFTER IT IS BORN.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM A GIRLFRIEND WHEN SHE WAS IN HIGH
SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 03-20-1967

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PREGNANCY EFFECTS

WHAT A PREGNANT WOMAN THINKS ABOUT WILL HARM THE BABY IF IT IS
A BAD THOUGHT AND WILL HELP THE BABY IF IT IS A GOOD THOUGHT.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER MOTHER.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BABY ; BELIEF ; BIRTH ; MOTHER ; PREGNANCY ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 03-20-1967

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PREGNANCY EFFECTS

IF A BABY IS BORN WITH A DEFECT IT IS BECAUSE THE MOTHER, WHEN
SHE WAS PREGNANT, WAS NOT CAREFUL ENOUGH AND DID SOMETHING THAT
DISFIGURED THE BABY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM A GIRLFRIEND IN HIGH SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 03-20-1967

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PREGNANCY EFFECTS

WHATEVER ANIMAL A WOMAN THINKS ABOUT THE MOST WHILE SHE IS
PREGNANT WILL SHOW UP AS A BIRTH MARK ON THE BABY IN THE SHAPE
OF THE ANIMAL.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER PARENTS WHO ARE OF IRISH DESCENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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 -- Birth

Date learned: 03-31-1967

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SCARED BABY

A YOUNG MAN, SOON TO BE A FATHER, WALKED INTO THE HOUSE ONE
EVENING WITH A LARGE GREAT DANE. THIS SCARED HIS YOUNG WIFE
A GREAT DEAL AS SHE HAD NOT EXPECTED EITHER HE OR THE DOG.
A FEW MONTHS LATER WHEN THE WOMAN WENT TO THE HOSPITAL TO DELIVER
HER CHILD, SHE TOOK ALONG HER MOTHER. THE MOTHER CAME INTO THE
DELIVERY ROOM WITH HER, PREPARED TO DO WHAT SHE MUST. IF THE
CHILD WAS BORN WITH ANY MARKS, SHE WOULD RUB THESE WITH THE
PLACENTA TO ERASE THEM. BOTH MOTHER AND DAUGHTER BELIEVED THAT
THE BABY WOULD BE MARKED OR SCARRED BECAUSE THE MOTHER HAD BEEN
SCARED DURING HER PREGNANCY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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 -- Birth
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 03-10-1967

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POLISH SUPERSTITION

WHEN YOU'RE PREGNANT, AVOID ALL UGLY PEOPLE AND LOOK AT AS MANY
PRETTY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE SO THAT YOUR CHILD WILL BE PRETTY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER MOTHER AROUND 1920.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; YONKERS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 12-26-1963

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JAMAICAN SUPERSTITION

IF A PREGNANT WOMAN FEELS HER CHILD COMING ON AND THERE IS NO
DOCTOR OR HOSPITAL AVAILABLE TO HER, A HEAVY WEIGHT MUST BE
PLACED ON HER HEAD. THE BABY WON'T COME UNTIL THE WEIGHT IS
REMOVED.

Submitter comment: LEARNED THIS FROM A LADY-FRIEND FROM JAMAICA.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 01-01-1964

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SUPERSTITION

IF A PREGNANT WOMAN IS HIT ON HER LEFT ARM, HER CHILD WILL HAVE
A SCAR THERE.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

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 -- Birth

Date learned: 12-24-1963

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SUPERSTITION

WHEN A WOMAN IS PREGNANT AND SHE WANTS TO ASSURE THE LOCATION OF
HER CHILD'S BIRTHMARK IF HE WILL HAVE ANY, SHE SHOULD RUB HER
HAND OVER THE DESIRED AREA (IE., THE REAR END) AND THE MARK
WILL APPEAR ONLY THERE. THIS SHOULD BE DONE EVERY DAY TILL THE
ARRIVAL OF THE CHILD.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER ITALIAN MOTHER.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PLEASANTVILLE

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 -- Birth

Date learned: 12-27-1963

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