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FOLK TALE

THIS IS SAID TO HAVE HAPPENED IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN SOME 25 YEARS
AGO. LATE ONE NIGHT FOUR YOUNG MEN WHO WERE DRIVING ALONG IN A
CAR STOPPED BY A BRIDGE AS A MYSTERIOUS LIGHT ON THE OTHER SIDE
CAUGHT THEIR ATTENTION. THREE OF THEM WALKED TO THE OTHER SIDE
WHILE THE OTHER WAITED. SINCE THEY WERE GONE FOR A LONG TIME AND
THE LIGHT HAD DISAPPEARED, THE FOURTH MAN WENT LOOKING FOR THEM
AND FOUND ALL THREE DEAD AND THEIR BODIES BADLY MUTILATED. HE
WENT TO GET HELP AND WHEN THEY RETURNED TO THE BRIDGE, THE LIGHT
WAS AGAIN THERE. AS THEY STARTED ACROSS, THE LIGHT STARTED COMING
RAPIDLY TOWARD THEM. A SHORT WHILE LATER A PASSERBY CAME UPON A
NUMBER OF MUTILATED BODIES ON THE BRIDGE. ALL THE MEN WERE DEAD
EXCEPT ONE, WHO TOLD HIM ABOUT THE LIGHT BUT DIED BEFORE HE COULD
EXPLAIN EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED. TO THIS DAY, THE LIGHT WAS NEVER
SEEN AGAIN AND NO ONE HAS SOLVED THE MYSTERY OF THESE MURDERS.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Bridge
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 11-05-1969

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A THREAD ON YOUR CLOTHES MEANS THAT YOU'LL RECEIVE
A LETTER. THE LONGER THE THREAD, THE LONGER THE
LETTER.

Where learned: ZX

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 09-19-1969

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A BAG OF CHARMS, CALLED AN ASP, WAS A VERY POPULAR SUPERSTITION
AMONG SOUTHERN BLACKS. IT SUPPOSEDLY KEPT ALL BAD THINGS AWAY FROM
YOU. IT IS SUPPOSED TO GUARD YOUR HEALTH. THE INGREDIENTS,
ALTHOUGH UNKNOWN, WERE VERY FOUL SMELLING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): AMULET ; ASAFETIDA ? ; NEGRO

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.1

Date learned: 11-02-1972

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WEARING GARLIC, OR HAVING IT IN YOUR POSSESSION DRIVES AWAY EVIL
SPIRITS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): EXORCISM

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 11-19-1972

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SAINT ANTHONY

WHEN YOU LOSE SOMETHING, TURN THE STATUE OF SAINT ANTHONY
UPSIDE DOWN UNTIL YOU FIND WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR. THIS IS
SUPPOSED TO HELP YOU FIND THINGS

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 11-19-1972

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IN AUSTRIA-HUNGARY IN THE PAST CENTURY THERE WAS A WOMAN WITH FIVE
CHILDREN WHO ONE DAY REFUSED A GYPSY MALE SOME FOOD OR MONEY. HE
MUTTERED SOMETHING AND WENT AWAY. THE NEXT MORNING, WHEN THE WOMAN
OPENED THE WINDOW IN HER KITCHEN - THE WINDOWS OPENED INWARDS - SHE
FOUND A DAGGER STICKING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SILL. BEFORE THE YEAR
WAS UP SHE HAD LOST ALL OF HER FIVE CHILDREN TO DEATH, EACH SEPA-
RATELY. SHE TURNED TO DRINK AND LOST HER WILL TO LIVE. HER HUSBAND
REFUSED SYMPATHY AND BEAT HER UP INSTEAD. SHE FELL, BROKE HER HIP
AND DIED SHORTLY AFTER.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT SAYS THAT AS HER MOTHER TOLD HER THE STORY, IT WAS HER
MOTHER'S SISTER THAT THIS HAPPENED TO - THE INFORMANT'S GREAT AUNT.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

James Callow comment:

THE COLLECTOR'S GREAT AUNT?
CK[ CURSE

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

James Callow Keyword(s): CURSE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- B439
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 09-10-1972

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LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR

DURING THE 1930'S IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, A HOUSE OF THE LITTLE SISTERS
RAN OUT OF COAL FOR THEIR FURNACE AND COULD NOT GET ANY MORE FROM THE
COAL COMPANY BECAUSE OF PAST BILLS THAT WERE STILL OWED. SO ONE OF
THE SISTERS PLACED A STATUE OF ST. JOSEPH IN THE COAL BIN AND THE
WHOLE COMMUNITY PRAYED FOR ST. JOSEPH TO HELP THEM. THE NEXT DAY,
WHILE A COAL TRUCK WAS MAKING A DELIVERY TO THE BUILDING NEXT TO THE
LITTLE SISTERS, THE DRIVER BY MISTAKE EMPTIED THE COAL INTO THEIR
BASEMENT, BURYING THE STATUE OF ST. JOSEPH.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WAS TOLD THIS STORY BY ONE OF THE LITTLE SISTERS AT
THEIR TOLEDO, OHIO HOME.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- B439
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 09-20-1972

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LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR

WHILE WORKING AT THE LITTLE SISTERS HOME IN TOLEDO, OHIO DURING THE
SUMMER OF 1971, I WAS ABLE TO OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING:
DURING A THREE WEEK DRY SPELL, THE SISTER WHOSE JOB IT WAS TO GO OUT
EVERY DAY AND BEG FOR THE COMMUNITY PLACED A STATUE OF ST. JOSEPH
(THE PATRON OF THE ORDER) IN A BUCKET OF WATER UP TO THE STATUE'S
NECK, AND THEN ASKED THE OTHER SISTERS TO JOIN WITH HER IN PRAYING
TO ST. JOSEPH FOR SOME RAIN. THE NEXT DAY WHILE OUT DRIVING THEIR
PICK-UP TRUCK ON HER BEGGING ROUNDS, SISTER ALMOST HAD AN ACCIDENT
DURING A TERRIBLE THUNDER STORM WHEN SHE SKIDDED OFF THE ROAD WITH
THE TRUCK. HER IMMEDIATE COMMENT WAS THAT SHE HAD HAD A FEELING
THE DAY BEFORE THAT SHE SHOULD ONLY HAVE PLACED ST. JOSEPH IN UP TO
HIS KNEES AND NOT UP TO HIS NECK.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT'S OBSERVATIONS ARE THAT THE LITTLE SISTERS HAVE A SIMPLE
BUT PROFOUND FAITH, ONE THAT MIGHT ALMOST SEEMS LIKE MAGIC TO MORE
SOPHISTICATED PEOPLE

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

James Callow comment:

DOES COLLECTOR MEAN UNSOPHISTICATED PEOPLE?
SEEMS TO BE RELATED TO THE TALE OF "BUYING THE WIND."
THE MOTIF IS ONE OF OVERDOING SOMETHING.
 

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- B439
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 09-20-1972

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LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR

WHEN THE SACRED HEART HOME FOR THE AGED WAS TO BE RELOCATED TO A NEW
SITE AND BUILDING THREE YEARS AGO IN TOLEDO, OHIO, THE SISTERS WENT
TO LOOK AT THE LAND THAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO HAVE FOR THE NEW
BUILDING.
THEY FOUND THE LAND OUT IN THE COUNTRY, MADE SOME INQUIRIES AS TO
WHO OWNED THE LAND AND WOULD HE BE WILLING TO SELL AND FOR HOW MUCH
MONEY. THEY FOUND THAT IT WOULD BE NEXT TO IMPOSSIBLE TO GET THE
LAND, AT LEAST FROM OTHER PERSONS' OBSERVATIONS. THE DAY BEFORE
THEY WERE TO SEE THE OWNER ABOUT THE LAND, TWO OF THE SISTERS WENT
OUT AND SECRETLY BURIED A STATUE OF ST. JOSEPH ON THE FIELD THAT
THEY WANTED AND THEN THE WHOLE COMMUNITY OF SISTERS LAID SIEGE TO
ST. JOSEPH WITH PRAYERS. WHEN THEY SAW THE OWNER OF THE PROPERTY
THE NEXT DAY, HE WAS MOST GENEROUS WITH THEM AND THEY RECEIVED THE
LAND, THOUGH HE WAS NOT EVEN A CATHOLIC.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT WAS TOLD THIS STORY BY ONE OF THE SISTERS WHO DID THE
BURYING OF THE STATUE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- B439
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 09-20-1972

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MAGIC

IF YOU WOULD LIKE FOR A PERSON TO MOVE OUT OF YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
OR FROM NEXT DOOR, JUST PLACE A BOX OF STICK MATCHES UNDER THEIR
DOOR STEPS. INFORMANT SAID WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD THERE WAS AN OLD
LADY THAT LIVED NEXT DOOR. SHE SAID EVERYONE CALLED THE OLD LADY
A WITCH BECAUSE SHE WOULD GET ANGRY EVERY TIME THEIR BALL FELL IN
HER YARD. ONE DAY SHE SAID HER AND HER BROTHER DID PUT SOME MATCHES
UNDER THE OLD LADY'S STEPS.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 10-25-1972

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SPIRIT IN HER SHOES

THEODORA HAYNES WAS MARYLOU'S ROOMMATE AT WESTERN MICHIGAN
UNIVERSITY
BEFORE GOING TO BED, SHE WOULD PLACE HER SHOES UNDER THE BED SO
NO SPIRIT COULD COME DURING THE NIGHT TO COMMAND HER SOUL,
HER. {SIC} /THEODORA WAS 18, A BLACK-AMERICAN AND SINGLE

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MAGICAL OBJECT AMULET ; NEGRO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

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PICTURE MAGIC

IF THE PERSON YOU LIKE IS STRAYING AWAY TAKE HIS PICTURE AND PUT IT
IN SOME WATER FACE DOWN. THIS WILL MAKE HIM STAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 09-00-1172

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EXPLANATION OF WHY SMOKE FROM A FIRE OR ANY SOURCE WILL FOLLOW
SOMEONE NO MATTER WHERE THEY MOVE TO. THE EXPLANATION BEING
THAT SMOKE FOLLOWS AN UGLY PERSON.
EXPLANATION OF WHY SMOKE FROM A FIRE OF ANY SOURCE WILL FOLLOW
SOMEONE NO MATTER WHERE THEY MOVE TO. 'BEAUTY DRAWS SMOKE.'

Submitter comment:

THERE IS NO INFORMANT CARD FOR THIS INFORMANT.
BUT I THINK THIS IS AN EXCELLENT CONTRAST BETWEEN THIS ITEM
AND ANOTHER ONE I AM SUBMITTING BECAUSE THEY ARE EXACT OPPOSITES
SEE MARSHAL, MABLE FOR THE OTHER ONE.

Where learned: GEORGIA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fire
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

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OLD IRISH CUSTOM

IRISH MOTHERS THROW HOLY WATER ON THEIR KIDS WHEN THEY ARE
FIGHTING IN ORDER TO DRIVE OUT THE DEVIL. THE THROWING OF HOLY WATER
WAS SUPPOSED TO BE AN EXORCISM TO DRIVE THE RAGE (DEVIL) OUT OF
PEOPLE WHO WERE FIGHTING.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HOSTILITY ; SPRINKLING HOLY WATER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Water
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
SPEECH -- Gesture

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SPIRITS,

THIS IS AN INDIAN BELIEF, GOOD SPIRITS WANDER AROUND
ETERNALLY SOMETIMES, DOING GOOD WORKS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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SPIRITS

ALL SOULS WANDER IN INDIA AFTER DEATH, INCLUDING ANIMAL SOULS.
THEY WANDER IF THEY HAD AN UNHAPPY LIFE, OR IF THEY WERE UNSATISFIED
BEFORE THEY DIED. THEY KEEP SEARCHING FOR PEACE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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SPIRIT MEDIUMS

THIS IS A BELIEF IN INDIA. MEDIUMS, PEOPLE WHO CAN CONTACT DEAD
SOULS, CAN CAUSE TROUBLE BY PULLING THEM INTO ACTIVITY.
IF A MEDIUM CALLS A SPIRIT, HE CAN CAPTURE THE SOUL OF A MAN
JUST DIED. THE SPIRIT OF THE NEWLY DEAD CAN BE FORCED OUT
BY THE MEDIUM. IT IS DANGEROUS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Subject headings: 820
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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POLISH EASTER BREAKFAST

THE POLISH EASTER BREAKFAST ALWAYS CONSISTS OF BLESSED FOOD.
THE EASTER BASKET ALWAYS CONTAINS: PUMPERNICKLE BREAD, HAM,
SAUSAGE, HORSERADISH, A SMALL BUTTER LAMB, ALL SEASONINGS USED BY
THE FAMILY, HARD BOILED EGGS, CANDY AND COOKIES. THERE ARE
ONLY SMALL AMOUNTS OF EACH ITEM (ENOUGH FOR EVERYONE TO GET HIS
FILL) BECAUSE ALL OF THE BLESSED FOOD MUST BE EATEN. NONE OF IT
CAN BE THROWN AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HAMTRAMCK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 12-01-1975

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TAPE OF MISCELLANOUS INFORMATION

GHOATS, MONETARY SYSTEM,(NIARA & KOBO) DISEASES, WALKING BAREFOOTED,
CARRYING THINGS ON YOUR HEAD, GHOSTS OF CHILDREN, SUPERSTITIONS:
NIGERIAN SUPERSTITION, THEIR ORIGIN, JUJU, MAKING MONEY
USING HEAD OF CHILD, BANSHEE IN IRELAND, NIGERIAN LIGHTENING,
OMENS, CHARMS, GAMES, (MOTHER MAY I?)
WATER DANGEROUS FOR SWIMMING, AMDG FOR LUCK, FESTIVALS

Where learned: NIGERIA ; SOME FROM IRELAND

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
Observation
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F040!
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of quality Monetary system Money Wealth
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Festival
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Human
BELIEF -- P000
BELIEF -- Supernatural Being
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Word Letter
BELIEF -- Medicine
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: OOOOI96OS

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IF YOU HAVE ANY UNPAID BILLS, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PUT THE NAME
OF THE BILL DOWN ON A PIECE OF PAPER AND PUT IT IN THE FREEZER AND
THE BILL COLLECTER CAN NOT COLLECT ON IT.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER SAW MY GRANDMOTHER DO THIS BEFORE 1956 IN INDIANA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTED AT HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 10-10-1971

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