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MRS. SOSNOWSKI HEARD THIS FROM HER MOTHER. IN POLAND ABOUT
1907, EACH NIGHT PEOPLE WENT OUT INTO THE PASTURE TO LOOK
AT THE BEAUTIFUL SUNSET. HER MOTHER SAID IT WAS THE STRANGEST
THING BECAUSE THE CLOUDS WOULD MAKE A COMPLETE FORMATION
OF A FLAG WITH A POLE. THE SUNSET MADE THE RED BACKGROUND
AND WITH THE WHITE CLOUDS FORMED THE POLISH EAGLE ON THE
FLAG. THEY ALL BELIEVED THIS WAS A SIGN THAT THERE WOULD
BE A WAR. TEN YEARS LATER WORLD WAR I BROKE OUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; POLAND

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- War

Date learned: 00-00-1907

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SUPERSTITION

THE MAIN WEAPON OF THE GURKA INDIANS, MANY OF WHOM FOUGHT FOR
THE UNITED STATES DURING WORLD WAR 2, IS A LARGE KNIFE WHICH THEY
ALWAYS CARRIED WITH THEM. THEY WOULD NOT DRAW THIS KNIFE UNLESS
IT WOULD COME IN CONTACT WITH BLOOD, AS THEY BELIEVED THAT THE
FAILURE TO DO THIS WOULD BRING THEM BAD LUCK. THEY SO BELIEVED IN
THIS SUPERSTITION THAT IF THE KNIFE WAS EVER USED AND DID NOT
DRAW THE BLOOD OF SOMEONE ELSE, THEY WOULD CUT THEMSELVES BEFORE
PUTTING IT AWAY.

Keyword(s): CONVERSION

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Occupation War
BELIEF -- War
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 10-27-1969

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LEAVING THE SERVICE

WHEN LEAVING THE SERVICE, A SAILOR WILL NEVER CARRY HIS OWN
LUGGAGE. TO DO SO IS BAD LUCK. HE USUALLY ALLOWS ONE OF HIS BEST
FRIENDS TO HELP HIM, BRINGING ABOUT GOOD LUCK FOR
HIS HELPFUL FRIEND.

Where learned: ROUTE 2 ; INFORMANTS HOME ; W JEFFERSON RD

Keyword(s): CONVERSION ; TRAVEL: RETURN FROM NAVY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- P535
BELIEF -- War
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.2

Date learned: 03-09-1970

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THE VIET CONG WILL NOT FIGHT WHEN THERE IS A FULL
MOON OUT BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE IT IS BAD LUCK.
THIS ALSO IS VERY PRACTICAL BECAUSE THEY CAN
BE SEEN EASILY BY THE ENEMY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- War
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 01-16-1968

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FLIERS COMMONLY BELIEVE THAT HAVING THEIR PICTURE
TAKEN PRIOR TO A MISSION WILL BRING THEM BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: HEARD FROM HER UNCLE, RUSS FLOYD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

James Callow Keyword(s): Photography

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P535
BELIEF -- War
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 12-04-1965

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IT WAS AN OLD NORSE BELIEF THAT TO DIE IN BATTLE
WITHOUT ONE'S WEAPON CURSED HIS SOUL FOREVER TO
BEL HALLA (LIMBO).

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED OF THIS WHILE IN VIET NAM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; Vietnam

Subject headings: BELIEF -- War

Date learned: 10-27-1969

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IF YOU COUNT THE NUMBER OF CARS IN A FUNERAL
PROCESSION, YOU'LL BE THE NEXT TO DIE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- War
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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BELIEF CONCERNING THOSE WHO DROPPED THE H-BOMB IN

THE PILOTS WHO DROPPED THE H-BOMB ON JAPAN, AND
THEIR CREWS ARE ALL SAID TO HAVE HAD MUCH MENTAL
TROUBLES AND GUILT IN THEIR MINDS. MANY HAVE
COMMITTED SUICIDE OR HAVE HAD MENTAL BREAKDOWNS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- War

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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BELIEF

IF YOU SEE A LOTUS BUG THAT HAS A "W" ON ITS WING, IT MEANS WAR.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- War

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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Destiny

Apache Indians will never attack at night, because if they are killed at night their souls will be damned to limbo.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P880] crossed out and replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Attack ; DEATH ; ETHNIC ; Limbo ; Native American ; Nighttime ; Soul ; WAR ; Warrior

Subject headings: BELIEF -- War

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