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HOCUS POCUS

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Expression of Fixed Form

Date learned: 11-10-1969

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SWIMMING

YOU SHOULD NOT GO SWIMMING BEFORE
TRINITY SUNDAY. THERE IS LIKLY TO BE AN
ACCIDENT ,DROWNING,ETC, BEFORE THEN.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Expression of Fixed Form

Date learned: 10-15-1968

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A PUCKER SOUND IS MADE WHEN MAKING SOUP
SO THAT THE EGG IN IT WILL NOT CURDLE.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Expression of Fixed Form

Date learned: 11-14-1969

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BREAD AND BUTTER

IF TWO PEOPLE ARE WALKING ALONG TOGETHER
AND SOMETHING SEPARATES THEM, THEY MUST
SAY BREAD AND BUTTER OR THEY WILL HAVE A FIGHT.

Submitter comment: TOLD BY FATHER.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Expression of Fixed Form

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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LEAP YEAR IS THE YEAR THAT THE
GIRLS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE AGGRESSORS.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Expression of Fixed Form

Date learned: 01-00-1968

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BELIEF

SWEEPING UNDER THE FEET OF A
MAIDEN WILL INSURE HER OF
BEING AN OLD MAID.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Expression of Fixed Form

Date learned: 10-14-1968

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SUPERSTITION

OLD WOMEN WHO ARE WIVES OF SAILORS
WOULD RECITE A RHYME. THE RHYME WOULD
CALL UP GOOD WINDS. WHILE RECITING THE RHYME
THE WOMEN WOULD DIP A RAG IN WATER AND
BEAT IT THREE TIMES ON A STONE.
THE RHYME ITSELF IS BEYOND RECALL.

Where learned: RESIDENCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Expression of Fixed Form

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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AN OLD IRISH BLESSING

GOD GRANT YOU THE SERENITY TO ACCEPT WHAT YOU
CAN NOT CHANGE, THE COURAGE TO CHANGE WHAT YOU CAN,
AND THE WISDOM TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Expression of Fixed Form

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PA. DUTCH BELIEF

A MAMMY IS CALLED IN FOR SICKNESS-- ESPECIALLY BLEEDING OF
ANY SORT.
FOR AN ADULT: THE "POW-WOWER" OR MAMMY RECITES BIBLE
PHRASES TO HERSELF WHILE HOLDING THE SICK PERSON, AND IT CURES HIM.
FOR A CHILD: THE "POW-WOWER" PASSES THE CHILD AROUND A TABLE LEG
WHILE RECITING BIBLE PHRASES, AND THE CHILD WILL BE CURED.

Submitter comment: THIS IS CALLED "POW-WOWING" AND IT AFFECTS THE WHOLE PA. DUTCH
AREA. IT IS NECESSARY TO BELIEVE IN IT TO HAVE IT WORK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH (GERMAN) ; POWWOWING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Expression of Fixed Form
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 02-24-1968

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BELIEF

SAYING "KNOCK ON WOOD", KNOCKING ON WOOD, OR DOING BOTH AT THE
SAME TIME IS A TYPICAL ACTION OF MANY PEOPLE. THIS OCCURS AFTER
A PERSON MAKES A STATEMENT IN FEAR OF THE OPPOSITE MEANING OF HIS
STATEMENT OCCURRING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Expression of Fixed Form
SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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MR. TWADOWSKI, THE MAN IN THE MOON

THERE WAS A MAN NAMED TWADOWSKI WHO WANTED SOMETHING VERY BAD.
HE WANTED IT SO BAD THAT HE MADE A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL TO SELL
HIS SOUL. WHEN THE DEVIL AND HIS HELPERS CAME TO COLLECT
TWADOWSKI, HE RAN FOR A CHURCH SO THAT HE WOULD BE SAVED. THE
CHURCH WAS LOCKED. TWADOWSKI WAS CLINGING TO THE DOOR KNOB WHEN
THE DEVIL'S HELPERS CAUGHT HIM. HE WAS CLINGING SO HARD THAT THEY
HAD TO PULL THE DOOR OFF THE CHURCH TO CARRY HIM AWAY. AS THEY
WERE CARRYING HIM, HE KEPT SAYING THE HAIL MARY. WITH EACH HAIL
MARY, THE DOOR AND TWADOWSKI BECAME HEAVIER. FINALLY THE DEVIL
AND HIS HELPERS COULD NO LONGER CARRY TWADOWSKI. SO THEY DROPPED
HIM OFF ON THE MOON. AND TO THIS DAY YOU CAN STILL SEE HIS
SMILING FACE IN THE MOON.

Submitter comment: THIS STORY CAME OVER FROM POLAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HAMTRAMCK

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Expression of Fixed Form

Date learned: 00-00-1913

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THE GREEKS HAVE A VERY STRONG BELIEF IN THE EVIL
EYE, WHICH THEY CALL TO MATI. IF A GREEK PERSON
THINKS YOU ARE PUTTING THE EYE ON THEM, THEY WILL
SAY "SKORTHA STA MATIA SU" MEANING "GARLIC
IN YOUR EYES."

Where learned: SCHOOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Expression of Fixed Form
BELIEF -- Curse
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 10-24-1969

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WHEN YOU SEE A FLOCK OF BLACKBIRDS FLYING SOUTH YELL,
"MONEY" FOR EACH BIRD THAT YOU SEE. THIS IS SUPPOSE (D)
TO BRING WEALTH IN A SHORT TIME.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; MADISON

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Measure of time
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Expression of Fixed Form

Date learned: 06-14-1973

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WHEN TWO PEOPLE ARE WALKING AND ONE GOES ON ONE SIDE AND
ONE GOES ON ANOTHER SIDE OF A TREE OR POST, YOU SAY "BREAD
AND BUTTER COME TO SUPPER."

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): SPLITTING A POLE (POST)

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Expression of Fixed Form
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 09-17-1973

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METHOD TO PREVENT TWO PEOPLE FROM QUARRELING

WHEN TWO PEOPLE WALKING TOGETHER AND EACH WALKS ON EITHER
SIDE OF A POLE AT THE SAME TIME, THEY MUST SAY, "BREAD AND
BUTTER" OR THEY WILL HAVE A QUARREL.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Expression of Fixed Form

Date learned: 07-03-1973

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BELIEF FOR GOOD LUCK FOR THE NEW YEAR

EAT BLACK-EYED PEAS, PUT A DIME UNDER YOUR PLATE, WEAR RED GARTERS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Expression of Fixed Form

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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To someone who is wishing for something:
Wish in one hand and s____ in the other one, and see which one gets full first.


 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

 

Where learned: NEW YORK CITY ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Expression of Fixed Form
SPEECH -- Formula

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