RE:SEARCH logo
University of Detroit Mercy Libraries / Instructional Design Studio
UDM HOME BLACKBOARD MY UDMERCY
RESEARCH HOME / FIND / SPECIAL COLLECTIONS / THE JAMES T. CALLOW FOLKLORE ARCHIVE /
James Callow Folklore Archive

Collection Home

About Dr. James T. Callow

Dr. James T. Callow publications

Collectors

Browse by

Subject heading

Keyword

Location

Questions or comments on this site? Please email davidsor@udmercy.edu.

The James T. Callow Folklore Archive

search for

Content filter is on

Your search for P543 returned 19 results.

showing 19 items

PREGNANCY

WHEN A WOMAN IS PREGNANT AND ACTS AS A GODMOTHER AT A BAPTISM, SHE
WILL ENTER THE CHURCH WITH TWO BABIES, ONE IN HER ARMS AND ONE IN
HER WOMB, BUT LEAVE WITH ONLY ONE BECAUSE ONE OF THE BABIES WILL
DIE IN THE CHURCH.

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Baptism Naming rite
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 03-31-1967

View just this record

SUPERSTITION

IT IS A COMMON POLISH BELIEF THAT BUTTER ON THE NECK OF A YOUNG
INFANT CAN WARD OFF ANY EVIL SPIRITS UNTIL BAPTISM

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Baptism Naming rite

Date learned: 11-11-1974

View just this record

BABIES

BABIES ARE NEVER ALLOWED OUT TILL THEY ARE BAPTIZED OR THEY
WILL GROW UP BAD.

Submitter comment: HE CONSIDERS THIS A MALTESE BELIEF.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Baptism Naming rite
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 03-21-1975

View just this record

"BELIEF ABOUT BAPTISM"

IF YOU REFUSE TO BE A GODPARENT, YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK
UNTIL YOU HAVE BEEN A GODPARENT SEVEN TIMES. YOU MUST,
HOWEVER, ASK TO BE THE GODPARENT OF THOSE SEVEN CHILDREN.

Where learned: TOLD AT COLLECTORS HOME

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Baptism Naming rite
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 10-25-1970

View just this record

Warlocks kill the youngest male in the family who has not
been baptized and takes the fat from the body and uses it for
power to fly.

Submitter comment: As the informant told this to me I could see that she was
only relating a folklore to me. I do not believe she actually
took this to heart.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; MOBILE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Baptism Naming rite

Date learned: 00-00-1960

View just this record

WHEN A BABY IS BROUGHT HOME AFTER THE BAPTISMAL CEREMONY
THE FIRST THING THAT SHOULD BE DONE IS TO PLACE HIM OR
HER UNDER THE KITCHEN TABLE. THIS IS BELIEVED TO
ASSURE THE PARENTS THAT THE CHILD WILL BE GOOD.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT ACTUALLY DID THIS TO EACH OF HER CHILDREN
AFTER THEY WERE BAPTIZED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Baptism Naming rite

Date learned: 03-28-1971

View just this record

WHEN CHOOSING A GOD MOTHER FOR YOUR NEW BABY'S
CHRISTENING, NEVER CHOOSE AN EXPECTANT MOTHER
FOR A SPONSOR. THIS MIGHT CAUSE THE EXPECTANT
MOTHER TO LOSE HER OWN BABY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Baptism Naming rite

Date learned: 02-19-1972

View just this record

NEVER NAME THE FIRST BOY AFTER HIS FATHER OR THE FIRST
GIRL AFTER HER MOTHER BECAUSE IT IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Baptism Naming rite
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.43

Date learned: 10-28-1970

View just this record

AMONG ITALIAN-AMERICANS IT IS CUSTOMARY FOR A CHILD AT
HIS BAPTISM TO WEAR SOMETHING GOLD, PREFERABLY A RING
FOR GOOD LUCK THROUGHOUT LIFE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HAS HAD A GOLD RING FOR EACH OF HER CHILDREN
AT BAPTISM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Baptism Naming rite

Date learned: 10-30-1970

View just this record

BELIEF ABOUT BAPTISM

YOU DO NOT EVER HAVE A PREGNANT WOMAN AS THE GODMOTHER
OF YOUR CHILD, BECAUSE IF YOU DO, THAT CHILD WILL
NEVER BE HEALTHY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Baptism Naming rite
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 10-25-1970

View just this record

BELIEF ABOUT BAPTISM

IF YOU REFUSE TO BE A GODPARENT, YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK
UNTIL YOU HAVE BEEN A GODPARENT SEVEN TIMES. YOU MUST
HOWEVER, ASK (UNDERLINED) TO BE THE GODPARENT OF THOSE
SEVEN CHILDREN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Baptism Naming rite
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.4
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.5

Date learned: 10-25-1970

View just this record

PRE-BAPTISM BELIEF

FOR THE SLOVAK, IT IS BAD LUCK FOR A BABY IF SOMEONE VISITS
HIM BEFORE HE IS BAPTISED.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER STILL BELIEVES THIS SUPERSTITION
BUT THE INFORMANT DOES NOT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Baptism Naming rite
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.43

Date learned: 03-17-1970

View just this record

BAPTISM

THE MAID OF HONOR AND THE BEST MAN OF ITALIAN NEWLYWEDS
ARE TO BE THE GODPARENTS OF THEIR FIRST BORN.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Baptism Naming rite

Date learned: 10-01-1968

View just this record

A PREGNANT WOMAN IS NOT ALLOWED TO HOLD A CHILD IN
BAPTISM FOR FEAR HARM WILL COME TO HER OWN BABY OR TO
THE GODCHILD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; TOLEDO ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Baptism Naming rite
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

View just this record

IF THERE IS A BIG OLD RING AROUND THE MOON, IT MEANS THAT THE
NEXT DAY WILL BE CLOUDY AND A STORM WILL COME.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Baptism Naming rite
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: 07-01-1970

View just this record

IF THERE IS A RING AROUND THE MOON, IT MEANS THAT THE NEXT DAY
WILL BE SUNNY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Baptism Naming rite
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

View just this record

FOR GOOD LUCK A BABY SHOULD BE GIVEN THE FIRST NAME SPOKEN IN
ITS PRESENCE AFTER ITS BIRTH.

Submitter comment: A NEGRO MAID WHO WORKED FOR ME CALLED HER LITTLE SON

Where learned: GEORGIA ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Baptism Naming rite

Date learned: 07-24-1968

View just this record

IT IS COMMONLY CONSIDERED BAD LUCK FOR A BABY TO CRY WHILE
IT IS BEING BAPTIZED.

Submitter comment: I HAVE NOT HEARD THE SUPERSTITION VOICED LATELY, BUT AFTER

Where learned: KENTUCKY, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Baptism Naming rite
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 08-04-1968

View just this record

showing 19 items

University of Detroit Mercy
4001 W. McNichols Detroit , MI , 48221-3038
This site is endorsed by the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) and supports the views, values, and mission of UDM. The University of Detroit Mercy web site provides links to other web sites, both public and private, for informational purposes. The inclusion of these links on UDM's site does not imply endorsement by the University. Please contact the Instructional Design Studio for any questions regarding this web site.