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METHOD OF CURE

IF A PERSON OR BABY HAS BEEN ADMIRED (HAIR, LOOKS, DRESS, ETC.), THE
ADMIRER MUST TOUCH THAT WHICH THEY ADMIRED OR ELSE IF THE BABY (OR
OTHER) DEVELOPS A FEVER, THEY WILL CALL THE MEDICINE MAN OR WOMAN TO
CURE THEIR BABY. THE CURE IS A FRESH EGG DRAWN IN A CROSS OVER THE
PERSON WHILE SAYING THE SIGN OF THE CROSS, AND A HAIL MARY, OUR
FATHER OR AN ACT OF CONTRITION. THEY THEN DREW A CROSS OVER THE SICK
PERSON'S EYES, NOSE, MOUTH, HEAD, FOREHEAD, BODY, AND LEGS WHILE
SAYING 2 MORE PRAYERS(3 IN ALL), THE HAIL MARY , OUR FATHER OR ACT OF
CONTRITION. THEY THEN BROKE THE EGG INTO A DISH WHILE SAYING THE
CREED. FOR SOME UNKNOWN REASON, AS THEY BROKE THE EGG, AN EYE
APPEARED IN THE CENTER OF THE YOLK. THE YOLK SOMETIMES APPEARED TO BE
PARTIALLY COOKED. I KNOW IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE, BUT I SAW IT MYSELF.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS WHEN SHE WAS A LITTLE GIRL IN TEXAS.
SHE WAS TAUGHT THIS BY HER MOTHER OR GRANDPARENTS, PRIMARILY HER
GRANDMOTHER. THE INFORMANT DIDN'T SEEM TO COMPLETELY BELIEVE THE
SUPERSTITION, BUT SHE SAID SHE HAD SEEN IT HAPPEN. AND SHE SAID SHE
SAW THE METHOD WORK ON A LITTLE GIRL. SHE DIDN'T WHOLEHEARTEDLY
BELIEVE IN THE SUPERSTITION, THOUGH.
THIS IS ACTUALLY A CURE FOR THE EVIL EYE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Animal product Egg
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Curse
BELIEF -- Curer
BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 01-10-1973

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MY OLDER BROTHER WAS BORN IN AUSTRIA-HUNGARY IN 1905 RIGHT BEFORE
MY PARENTS CAME TO THIS COUNTRY. HE WAS JUST A FEW MONTHS OLD AND
BECAME DEATHLY ILL. AN OLD GYPSY WOMAN HEARD ABOUT HIS SICKNESS
AND CAME TO SEE MY MOTHER AND ASKED HER IF SHE WANTED MY BROTHER TO
GET WELL AND LIVE. MY MOTHER ANSWERED "YES." THE OLD GYPSY TOLD
HER THAT SHE COULD NOT INTERFERE WITH WHATEVER SHE WANTED TO DO AND
MUST LEAVE THE BABY WITH HER IN ONE ROOM OF THE HOUSE ALL NIGHT LONG
AND THAT THE BABY WOULD BE ALL RIGHT THE NEXT MORNING, BUT THAT
NEITHER MY MOTHER OR DAD SHOULD TRY TO FIND OUT WHAT SHE DID, OR
BOTHER HER THROUGH THE NIGHT REGARDLESS OF WHAT THEY MIGHT HEAR.
MY PARENTS AGREED. THAT NIGHT THEY HEARD MANY VOICES, A LOT OF
MOANING AND MANY STRANGE NOISES, THOUGH THEY DID NOT TRY AND FIND
OUT WHAT WAS GOING ON. THE NEXT MORNING THE OLD GYPSY WOMAN CAME
OUT OF THE BEDROOM WITH MY BROTHER AND HE WAS WELL AND PERFECTLY
ALL RIGHT.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Witch Shaman
PROSE NARRATIVE -- B439
BELIEF -- Curer

Date learned: 09-10-1972

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MY MOTHER WOULD TELL OF A NEW MOTHER IN THEIR TOWN IN AUSTRIA-
HUNGARY WHOSE NEW-BORN BABY CRIED CONTINUOUSLY AND WOULD NEVER BE
QUIET. THE NEW MOTHER WAS BECOMING VERY UPSET AND NERVOUS BY ALL
THE SCREAMING AND CRYING AND CRYING AND CARRYING-ON. AN OLD GYPSY
HEARD THE SCREAMING ONE DAY AND CAME UP TO THE HOUSE TO ASK IF THE
MOTHER WANTED THE BABY TO BE QUIET AND CRY ONLY WHEN HUNGRY OR WET,
AND THAT THE OLD GYPSY COULD STOP THE GENERAL CRYING. THE MOTHER
SAID YES AND WAS TOLD THAT SHE WOULD HAVE TO LEAVE THE OLD WOMAN
ALONE WITH THE BABY FOR A WHILE. THE MOTHER LEFT THE OLD WOMAN WITH
THE BABY IN THE HOUSE AND WENT OUTSIDE TO WAIT. A WHILE LATER THE
OLD GYPSY WOMAN CAME OUT WITH THE BABY AND THE BABY WAS QUIET AND
CONTENTED. THE MOTHER ASKED WHAT SHE HAD DONE WITH THE BABY, AND
THE GYPSY REPLIED THAT SHE HAD TAKEN SPIT AND RUBBED IT ON THE
BABY'S EYES WHILE SAYING SOME WORDS AND THAT THE BABY WOULD NOW BE
FINE. IT WAS JUST AS SHE SAID AND AFTER THAT THE BABY ONLY CRIED
WHEN IT WAS HUNGRY OR NEEDED TO BE CHANGED.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; HUNGARY ; AUSTRIA ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- B439
BELIEF -- Curer

Date learned: 09-10-1972

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WHEN A PERSON HAS TRENCH MOUTH CALL THE PREACHER. HE BLOWS INTO
THE PERSON'S MOUTH AND THE TRENCH MOUTH IS CURED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTAGIOUS MAGIC ; VINCENT'S ANGINA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curer

Date learned: 10-05-1972

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CURER

THERE USED TO BE SIGNS ALONG GRAND RIVER THAT READ "READINGS".
PEOPLE WOULD CALL THESE PLACES TO HAVE ONE OF THE CURERS COME
OVER AND HEAL ONE OF THEIR SICK. THEY WOULD COME OVER WITH A
BIBLE, OPEN IT TO A CERTAIN PASSAGE AND PRAY OVER THE SICK
PERSON. THEN THEY WOULD PLACE A HANDKERCHIEF ON THE PLACE OF
PAIN. AFTER A WHILE THEY WOULD REMOVE IT AND BURN IT IN THE
FIRE. PEOPLE BELIEVED THIS TRANSFERRED THE PAIN TO THE FIRE.
THE SICK PERSON WAS USUALLY WELL AFTER THIS. THESE CURERS
ALSO MADE THE SIGN OF THE CROSS IN FOUR DIFFERENT WAYS AS PART
OF THEIR RITUAL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Curer
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-03-1972

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SORES ARE HEALED BY LITTLE MEN WHO WORK AT NIGHT KNITTING THE EDGES
BACK TOGETHER. DON'T PICK THE SCABS BECAUSE THEY WILL HAVE TO
WORK OVERTIME.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS FROM HER MOTHER'S LADYFRIEND WHO VISITS QUITE
OFTEN. ALISON HEARD THIS WHEN SHE WAS JUST A YOUNG CHILD. (1950S)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Abnormal in size
BELIEF -- Curer
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

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MY MOTHER ALWAYS PAID US FOR ANY WARTS THAT WE GOT. AFTER SHE BOUGHT
THEM, THEY ALWAYS DISAPPEARED.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; SAINT JOSEPH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curer
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-05-1976

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REMOVAL OF WARTS

THERE WAS A CERTAIN MAN IN TOWN OF GRAND MARAIS, MICHIGAN,
WHO HAD THE POWER TO REMOVE WARTS BY RECITING
MAGIC WORDS AND SPECIFYING THE DATE BY WHICH THEY WOULD
DISAPPEAR.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HAD FOURTEEN WARTS CHARMED FROM HER HAND
IN 1912 IN GRAND MARAIS BY A LUMBERJACK WHO "CHARMED".

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Curer

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PROFESSIONAL PRAYER-MAN

WHEN A CHILD BECAME SICK, ESPECIALLY IF HE LOST HIS
APPETITE OR STARTED LOSING WEIGHT, HE WAS BELIEVED TO
HAVE A HEX ON HIM. (THE HEX WAS USUALLY MEANT FOR THE MOTHER
BUT SINCE SHE WAS STRONG ENOUGH TO WARD IT OFF IT WAS PUT
ON THE CHILD BY THE MOTHER'S ENEMY). WHEN THIS
HAPPENED THE PARENTS WOULD ASK A MR. RAUDENSKY (A MAN IN
THE NEIGHBORHOOD--THERE WERE OTHERS IN OTHER AREAS) TO PRAY THE
HEX AWAY. HE WOULD PRAY FOR THREE DAYS WHEN THE SUN WENT DOWN
AND THE PARENTS WOULD PAY HIM $1 OR GIVE HIM FOOD
IF THEY HAD NO MONEY

Submitter comment: PRACTICED IN STEELTON, PA. ABOUT 1920.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse
BELIEF -- Curer

Date learned: 01-12-1964

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PROVERB

HE WHO TREATS HIMSELF HAS A FOOL FOR A DOCTOR.

Submitter comment: TOLD TO HER BY HER FATHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): MEDICAL

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Curer

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METHOD OF CURING

"SORES ARE HEALED BY LITTLE MEN WHO WORK AT NIGHT KNITTING THE
EDGES BACK TOGETHER. DON'T PICK THE SCABS BECAUSE THEY WILL
HAVE TO WORK OVERTIME."

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS FROM HER MOTHER'S LADYFRIEND WHO VISITS
QUITE OFTEN. ALISON HEARD THIS WHEN SHE WAS A YOUNG CHILD (1950'S)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ;

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Curer
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 11-19-1971

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THROAT CURE

AN INFANT SON, BORN IN WEDLOCK, BUT AFTER THE DEATH OF THE
FATHER, COULD CURE THROAT AILMENTS.

Submitter comment: MRS. DUNMIRE SAID THAT HER MOTHER TOLD ABOUT PEOPLE COMING
FOR MILES TO HAVE HER BROTHER TOUCH THEIR THROATS. IN
COUNTY MAYO, IRELAND

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Curer

Date learned: 01-00-1970

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CHILD WHOOPING COUGH CURE

CUT THREE SMALL BUNCHES OF HAIR FROM THE CROWN OF THE HEAD OF A CHILD
THAT HAS NEVER SEEN HIS FATHER;
SEW THIS HAIR UP IN AN UNBLEACHED CLOTH
AND HANG IT AROUND THE CHILD'S NECK.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM YOUTH.

Where learned: INDIANA ; Hudson Lake

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curer
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-25-1967

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METHOD OF CURING

HAVE SOMEONE WHO HAS NEVER SEEN THEIR OWN FATHER, BLOW INTO THE
BABY'S MOUTH AND THE ASTHMA WILL GO AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Curer
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00-00-1973

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METHOD OF CURING

THE OWNER OF THE WART IS TO GO TO KENTUCKY TO SEE THE LADY WHO CHARMS
WARTS OFF. SHE TIES A STRING AROUND EACH WART, CAREFULLY REMOVES
THE STRING (BEING SURE TO PRESERVE THE FRAME OF EACH WART). NO ONE
KNOWS JUST WHAT SHE DOES WITH THE STRING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PONTIAC

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curer
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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"EL CURANDERO"- WITCHDOCTOR.
A PERSON WHO CAN CURE AN ILLNESS BY PRESCRIBING POTIONS OR REMEDIES
FOR PEOPLE. HE USES VARIOUS HERBS, TEAS, BROOM, FEATHERS,, ETC., TO
CONJURE UP THE RIGHT CURE. 'E/SHE CAN ALSO CAUSE EVIL ON SOMEONE BY
PLACING A CURSE EITHER ON HIS OWN OR BY THE REQUEST OF SOMEONE ELSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Curer

Date learned: 06-02-1959

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MEDICINE SHOWS USED TO COME TO TOWN QUITE REGULARLY.
ONE HE PARTICULARLY REMEMBERS, FEATURED A CURE FOR
TAPEWORM, ALONG WITH ITS OTHER MAGICAL PROPERTIES.
THE MEDICINE MAN HAD A TAPEWORM ON DISPLAY IN A
BOTTLE AND HE TOLD THE PEOPLE THAT, IN ORDER TO GET
THIS PARTICULAR TAPEWORM OUT OF A MAN, SO THEY COULD
USE IT FOR DISPLAY, THEY STARVED THE MAN FOR THREE
DAYS AND THEN PUT A GLASS OF MILK IN FRONT OF HIS
MOUTH. THE TAPE WORM CAME RIGHT UP OUT OF THE MAN'S
STOMACH AND JUMPED INTO THE GLASS.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
BELIEF -- Curer
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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DISEASE CURES

A DIRTY SOCK WORN "ROUND THE NECK" ON GOING TO BED WILL CURE A
SORE THROAT.
A BUCKEYE CARRIED IN THE POCKET WILL CURE RHEUMATISM.
ASSAFETIDA WORN AROUND THE NECK IN THE WINTER WILL
KEEP DISEASE AWAY.
BLOOD STOPPING WAS USED BY PEOPLE WHO CLAIMED THEY COULD
STOP THE FLOW OF BLOOD. IT ORIGINATED IN THE LUMBERJACK CAMPS,
WHEN SERIOUS INJURIES WERE RECEIVED BY THE LUMBERJACKS AND PERHAPS
SEVERAL DAYS BEFORE THEY COULD GET TO A DOCTOR.

Where learned: OHIO ; CONTINENTAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curer
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00001909-00001919 CHILDHOOD, 00001922-00001929, TEEN AGE YEARS

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SOME "FOSSOYEUR", IN ORDER TO MAKE SOME MONEY, SELL DIRT FROM
CEMETERIES, WATER FROM TOMBS, AND ALSO SKULLS TO "QUIMBOISEURS".
THE "QUIMBOISEURS" USED TO PAY IN A CERTAIN WAY SO THAT THEY DO
NOT GET BAD LUCK OR MISFORTUNE. FOR INSTANCE, THE DIRT AND THE
WATER WERE SOLD IN GLASS CONTAINERS, AND THEY PAY FOR THEM WITH
WHITE ROCKS OR SILVER JEWELRY, AND ON THE OTHER HAND, THE SKULL
WAS PAID FOR WITH GOLD.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

Keyword(s): "FOSSOYEURS" ARE GRAVEDIGGERS ; "QUIMBOISEURS" ARE PEOPLE THAT ; PRACTICE WITCHCRAFT AND ALSO WHITE MAGIC.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Curer

Date learned: 00-00-1973

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SUPERSTITION

IT IS ALSO SAID THAT ONLY THE DOCTOR SHOULD KNOW THE EXACT TIME
WHEN THE BABY IS DUE, BECAUSE SOMEONE COULD "FIX" YOU OR DO EVIL
AND AS A RESULT THE BABY CAN BE CROSSED IN THE MOTHER'S STOMACH,
AND SHE WILL NOT GIVE BIRTH TO THE BABY. THIS CAN CAUSE THE
DEATH OF BOTH MOTHER AND CHILD.

Where learned: BAHAMAS ; NASSAU

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Curse
BELIEF -- Curer
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00001960S

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