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IN MEXICO WHEN SOMEONE DIES, YOU CAN APPROACH A CERTAIN GROUP AND
THEY WILL GIVE A MASS FOR THAT PERSON FOR 30 STRAIGHT DAYS. THIS IS
SO THE PERSON WILL GO TO HEAVEN. BUT YOU CAN'T MISS A DAY OF THOSE
30 DAYS. MY UNCLE DIED IN SAN PANCHO, AND HIS SISTER-IN-LAW WAS IN
THE GROUP. SO THEY PRAYED FOR HIM. THE SISTER-IN-LAW IS REALLY
OLD AND EVERYONE KNOWS SHE IS DYING. ON THE 30TH DAY OF THE MASS,
SHE FELT SOMEONE COME UP AND TOUCH HER ON THE SHOULDER. SHE TURNED
AND THE PERSON SAID, " MUCHAS GRACIAS. TE ESPERO?" WHICH MEANT,
THANK YOU' SHOULD I WAIT FOR YOU? THEN HE WALKED AWAY. SHE DIDN,T
SEE HIS FACE, BUT SHE KNEW IT WAS MY UNCLE BY THE WAY HE WAS BUILT.
EVERYONE IN TOWN KNOWS THIS AND BELIEVES IT, TOO.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT KNOWS THIS IS TRUE AND BELIEVES IN IT COMPLETELY.

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

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBERS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.30
SPEECH -- To Be Seen

Date learned: 11-00-1975

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WHEN BAMBOOS HAVE WHITE FLOWERS, IT'S A SIGN OF DISASTER.
BAMBOOS HAVE WHITE FLOWERS ONCE EVERY SIXTY YEARS AND
WITHER ALL OF THEM ONCE EVERY THIRTY YEARS. FOUR YEARS AGO
(1973) ALL OF THE WHITE FLOWERS WITHERED AND AT THAT YEAR
WE HAD AN UNUSUAL TYPHOON SEASON. THIS YEAR (1977) IN SOME
PLACES BAMBOOS HAD FLOWERS AND IN SOME PLACES THEY WITHERED.
AT THE SAME TIME USE VOLCANO EXPLODED ON AUGUST 3rd AND THE
CITY NEAR THE VOLCANO WAS COMPLETELY RUINED. THE EXPLOSION
OF VOLCANOES HAPPEN PERIODICALLY ONCE EVERY THIRTY YEARS
AND IN EACH CASES BAMBOO TREES HAVE WHITE FLOWERS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; JAPAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado
BELIEF -- Formation
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.30
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.60

Date learned: 10-10-1977

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