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HICCUP CURE

IF A BABY HAS HICCUPS, TO CURE THEM THE PARENTS TAKE A HORSE
COLLAR AND ONE PARENT STANDS ON EACH SIDE OF THE COLLAR. THEN
THEY PASS THE CHILD THROUGH THE THE COLLAR NINE TIMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MAGIC RING OR CIRCLE

Subject headings: 686 Ninths / Nine
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-00-1974

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CORNETTO

CORNETTO IS A BULL'S HORN PLUS A CROSS AND BRINGS YOU DOUBLE LUCK.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.1

Date learned: 03-13-1975

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BULL'S HORN

KEEP A SMALL PLASTIC BULL'S HORN IN YOUR CAR AND YOU WILL NEVER
HAVE AN ACCIDENT.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 03-13-1975

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HEX CHARM

THE GERMANS HAVE A CHARM WHICH IS A CIRCLE WITH POINTS. IT REMOVES A
CURSE IF IT IS WORN EVERY DAY FOR A MONTH.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): AMULET TALISMAN

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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HORSESHOES

NEVER HANG A HORSESHOE UPSIDE DOWN BECAUSE IT REPRESENTS THE
DEVIL'S HORNS.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN ;

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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HORSESHOE

THROW A HORSESHOE OVER YOUR SHOULDER FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: HOME ; SCHOOL ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.12

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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BELIEF ABOUT A FRIENDSHIP BRACELET

A RAWHIDE BRACELET IS GIVEN TO YOU BY YOUR FRIEND
AS A TOKEN OF YOUR FRIENDSHIP. IT CONSISTS OF FOUR KNOTS
ONE THE BIGGEST, IS A SQUARE KNOT REPRESENTING SOME EVIL.
THE OTHER THREE REPRESENT IN ORDER, YOUR FRIEND, YOURSELF
AND A WALL. THIS IS SAID TO MEAN THAT AS LONG AS YOU HAVE YOUR FRIEND
YOU WILL NEVER HAVE TO FACE EVIL HEAD ON, BECAUSE YOUR FRIEND IS IN
FRONT OF YOU, AND THE WALL IS BEHIND YOU.
IT WAS SAID THAT YOU HAD TO WEAR THESE BRACELETS FOR A PERIOD OF
ONE YEAR, OR UNTIL THEY ROTTED OFF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBERS ; POSITION DIRECTION ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: 686 Fourths / Quarters
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Leather Fur Feather
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms

Date learned: 10-23-1970

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TO KEEP GHOSTS AWAY

TO KEEP YOURSELF FREE FROM GHOSTS, PEE IN A CIRCLE AND STAND
IN THE CENTER. THE GHOST WILL NOT COME INSIDE THE CIRCLE
AFTER YOU.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): URINATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms

Date learned: 03-05-1971

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MAGIC RING

THIS IS A BELIEF OF INDIA. THERE IS A RING-- SET ON A TABLE--
THAT ATTRACTS SOULS. IT IS WHAT YOU CALL AN ANTENNA. THE SOULS
THAT IT ATTRACTS POSSESS THE BODY OF A LIVING PERSON, THIS IS
VERY DANGEROUS IF NOT USED PROPERLY, OR IS USED BY A WEAK MEDIUM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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THE EVIL EYE

UP UNTIL ABOUT 1947, SHIPS SAILING IN THE MEDITERRANEAN HAD A LARGE
EYE PAINTED ON THE SIDE. THIS WAS TO PROTECT THEM FROM EVIL AND FROM
ANY HARM.

Submitter comment: THIS IS INDICATIVE OF THE MANY SUPERSTITIONS DEALING WITH THE SEA.

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

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Water craft or boat propelled by human, wind, mechanical or other force
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms

Date learned: 11-00-1975

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CRAFT DESIGN

WHEN UKRAINIANS DECORATE THEIR EASTER EGGS, THEY USE
THE GEOMETRIC SHAPE OF THE CIRCLE TO SYMBOLIZE THE SUN AND GOOD
FORTUNE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): LUCK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

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IF YOU FIND A COIN FACE UP, KEEP IT--ITS GOOD LUCK. BUT IF ITS
FACE DOWN, THROW IT AS FAR AWAY AS YOU CAN. IT MEANS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: CANADA ; CALGARY ; ALBERTA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms
BELIEF -- Emblem
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

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HEARTH

A CIRCLE ON THE HEARTH IS THE SIGN OF A HAPPY HOME.

Submitter comment: FROM MOTHER

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms

Date learned: 10-30-1967

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MAGIC RING

THERE IS A RING--SET ON A TABLE-- THAT ATTRACTS SOULS.
IT IS LIKE WHAT
YOU CALL AN ANTENNA. THE SOULS THAT IT ATTRACTS POSSESS THE BODY
OF A LIVING PERSON. THIS IS VERY
DANGEROUS IF NOT USED PROPERLY, AND IF
USED BY A WEAK MEDIUM.

Submitter comment:

THIS IS A BELIEF IN INDIA.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; India ; MAGIC ; RING ; Soul ; SPIRIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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SIGNS OF THE DEVIL

IF LEAVES DANCE IN A CIRCLE WHILE THE WIND IS BLOWING THEM,
IT IS A SIGN OF THE DEVIL.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; MILLEDGEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOL

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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SUPERSTITION

IF YOUR LUCK GOES BAD, WALK AROUND THE HOUSE AND LOOK FOR A HEX SIGN

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMANT SAYS THIS IS OF GERMAN ORIGIN, AND THINKS THE HEX
SIGN IS A CIRCLE WITH A CROSS INSIDE OF IT.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): ; Hex ; LUCK ; SIGN ; SUPERSTITION ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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FLORIDA SUPERSTITION

"!OU SHOULD NEVER USE THE LAST MATCH IN A BOX, OR YOUR HOUSE
WILL CATCH FIRE"

Where learned: OHIO ; FLORIDA ; ALLIANCE ; EUSTIS

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Fire
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 11-13-1980 ; 00001920S

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ADVENT CUSTOM

THE ADVENT WREATH. THERE ARE FIVE CANDLES: THREE PURPLE, ONE PINK
AND ONE WHITE. EACH CANDLE DENOTES (EXCEPT THE CENTRAL WHITE ONE)
1000 YEARS. THE CIRCLE FORM DENOTES THE ETERNITY OF GOD, WITHOUT
BEGINNING OR END; THE GREEN SPEAKS OF GROWTH; THE FOUR CANDLES
ARE THE AGES "SITTING IN DARKNESS AND IN THE SHADOW OF DEATH".

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: 645 September 23 Equinox to December 20
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.1000

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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THE GREAT FIRE OF 1874

THIS FIRE BURNED DOWN THE WHOLE TOWN. THERE WERE THREE CITIES
AT THAT TIME, AND THE FIRE STARTED IN WEST SAGINAW. THE FIRE
STARTED AT A SAWMILL BY THE BRIDGE. IT CROSSED THE BRIDGE,
BURNING DOWN THE BRIDGE IN THE PROCESS, AND THEN BURNED EAST
SAGINAW. THERE IS A LEGEND THAT A PRIEST WALKED AROUND ST MARY'S
HOSPITAL ALL DURING THE FIRE AND IT WAS SPARED. THE PRIEST WAS
SAYING HIS BRIEVIARY THE WHOLE TIME. EVERYTHING ELSE AROUND THE
HOSPITAL WAS BURNED.

Submitter comment: THE FACT THAT THE TOWN WAS BUILT ON SAWDUST HAD SOMETHING TO DO
WITH THE WAY THE FIRE SPREAD EVERYWHERE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CIRCUMAMBULATION

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fire
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms

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RURAL BLACK BAD LUCK OMEN

IF YOU STUB YOUR TOE, YOU MUST IMMEDIATELY SPIN AROUND
THREE TIMES IN SUCCESSION. IF YOU DO NOT, YOU WILL HAVE
BAD LUCK. WE ACTUALLY DID BELIEVE THIS AS CHILDREN AND WE
SELDOM FAILED TO SPIN AROUND WHEN THE SITUATION CALLED FOR
IT. OF COURSE, ONCE WE BECAME A BIT OLDER, IN HIGH
SCHOOL, WE NO LONGER BOTHERED WITH THIS SORT OF THING. IT
WAS STRICTLY FOR KIDS.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT SPENT HIS CHILDHOOD IN A RURAL BLACK PORTION
OF LOUISVILLE, MISSISSIPPI DURING THE 1930'S. THE FAMILY
MOVED TO DETROIT DURING WORLD WAR II AND HAS LIVED IN
DETROIT SINCE THAT TIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms
BELIEF -- Bad luck Body parts and functions
BELIEF -- Bad luck Gestures
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 09-00-1982

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