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ONE OF THE WOMEN I KNEW HAD A CURE FOR CRAMPS.
SHE USED TO GO ON THE STREET, WHERE THE HORSES
JUST WENT BY PULLING CARTS.
SHE WOULD TAKE THE HORSE'S MANURE AND SQUEEZE IT OUT.
SHE THEN MIXED THE DRIPPINGS WITH HOT WATER AND DRANK IT.
SHE CLAIMED IT ACTUALLY WORKED.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT (I.E. COLLECTOR) DOES NOT BELIEVE THIS CURE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): MENSTRUATION

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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WOMEN'S AILMENTS

JAPANESE BELIEVE THAT CERTAIN ANIMALS CAN BE CURES
FOR WOMEN'S AILMENTS.
CHARRED CARP IS EATEN FOR BREAST DISEASE
AND CHARRED MOLE IS EATEN FOR WOMEN'S DIZZINESS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL INGESTION AS CURE ; CURE, FISH INGESTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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FIRST AID FOR DOG-BITES

"WHEN I WAS YOUNG, BACK IN IRELAND,
WE HAD A LOT OF STRANGE REMEDIES FOR AILMENTS.
IF YOU EVER GOT BITTEN BY A DOG
YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO PULL A HAIR OFF ITS BACK
AND PLACE IT OVER THE WOUND IN YOUR SKIN.
THIS WOULD KEEP IT FROM BECOMING INFECTED."

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT SAYS THIS WAS COMMON KNOWLEDGE
TO ANYONE WHO WAS BROUGHT UP IN IRELAND,
AND THAT IS WHERE SHE LEARNED IT.

Where learned: WASHINGTON DC

Keyword(s): ANIMALS ; CONTAGIOUS MAGIC

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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CURE

" PUT A RINE OF SALT PORK AROUND YOUR NECK TO CURE QUINZY."

Submitter comment: INFORMANT CLAIMS IT HAS WORKED FOR HER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 03-21-1972

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CURING RHEUMATISM

A SWISS METHOD OF CURING RHEUMATISM IS TO TAKE THE FUR
OF A MARMOT AND PLACE IT OVER THE AREA IN PAIN.
THIS WILL CAUSE THE PAIN TO GO AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Keyword(s): ANIMAL CURE ; IMITATIVE MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 10-28-1970

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ANIMAL REMEDY

TO REDUCE INFLAMMATION, MAKE A POULTICE OF WARM COW DUNG.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HOME.

Where learned: INDIANA ; GREENFIELD

Keyword(s): INFECTION ; POULTICE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 11-23-1967

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REMEDY-BAD COUGH

SYRUP WAS MADE WITH OIL OF WINTERGREEN AND WILD CAT OIL AND SOME KIND
OF LEAVES THAT ARE GOTTEN OUT OF THE SAGINAW BAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT DIDN'T KNOW WHICH LEAVES.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 02-22-1967

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FEVER

TO REMEDY A HIGH FEVER, FIND A RABBIT, KILL IT,
SPLIT IT LENGTHWISE AND WHILE IT IS STILL WARM
LAY IT ON YOUR CHEST.
IF LEFT OVERNIGHT THE
FEVER WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO THE RABBIT AND IT WILL TURN GREEN. BURY
THE RABBIT, AFTER IT'S GREEN, IN A DEEP HOLE.

Keyword(s): TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 11-00-1971

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HEADACHE

ONE TABLESPOON OF HONEY CURES A MIGRAINE HEADACHE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTORS HOME

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

Date learned: 10-23-1968

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HEADACHE

FOR MIGRAINE HEADACHES TAKE TWO TEASPOONS OF HONEY WITH YOUR MEALS.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84.
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 03-10-1971

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LEGENDS OF THE UKRAINIAN EASTER EGGS

OF THE VARIOUS TYPES OF EASTER EGGS OF THE UKRAINE, THE PYSANKA AND
THE KRASHANKA ARE THE MOST WIDELY KNOWN. KRASHANKA IS FROM THE WORD
KRASKA WHICH MEANS COLOR. THE KRASHANKA IS A HARD-BOILED EGG WHICH
IS DYED A SOLID COLOR, AND MAY BE EATEN. THE PYSANKA STEMS FROM
THE VERB PYSATY, WHICH MEANS TO WRITE, AS THE DESIGNS ARE ACTUALLY
WRITTEN ON THE EGG, WHICH IS DYED IN SEVERAL COLORS. BUT UNLIKE
THE KRASHANKA THE PYSANKY ARE RAW AND NOT EATEN. IF A WOMAN IS
CHILDLESS AND DESIRES A CHILD. SHE WOULD BE GIVEN AN EGG DECORATED
WITH A CHICKEN, THE SIGN OF A FERTILE CREATURE, AND HOPEFULLY HER
FAMILY WOULD GROW. IT WAS THOUGHT TO BE THE MAN'S FAULT AFTER
THAT. TO HELP THE MAN HE WAS GIVEN AN EGG WITH A PATTERN OF
ROOSTERS. TO HELP OLDER MEN, WHO WERE GOING DOWN HILL WHEN IT
CAME TO THEIR VIGOR, THEY
WERE GIVEN AN EGG DECORATED WITH OAK LEAVES.
AS CHRISTIANITY CAME TO THE UKRAINE SO DID SOME MORE LEGENDS.
THE HUTZELS FROM WESTERN UKRAINE TELL A STORY THAT THE VIRGIN
MARY FILLED HER APRON WITH EGGS, AND WHEN SHE APPEARED BEFORE
PONTIUS PILATE TO PLEAD FOR HER SON, SHE DROPPED TO HER KNEES AND
THE EGGS ROLLED OUT OVER THE SURFACE OF THE WORLD UNTIL THEY WERE
DISTRIBUTED AMONG ALL NATIONS. IN ANOTHER STORY, MARY IS SAID TO
HAVE FILLED A BASKET WITH EGGS WHICH SHE CARRIED TO THE SOLDIERS
SITTING AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS. THERE SHE LEFT IT. AFTER A
TIME, THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST FLOWED DOWN, STAINING THE EGGS WITH
THEIR CHARACTERISTIC COLOR. THE UKRAINIAN EASTER EGGS ALSO
ANSWER THE PROBLEMS OF THE WORLD. AS LONG AS THE PYSANKY TRADITION
REMAINS, AND EGGS CONTINUE TO BE DECORATED, THE WORLD WILL EXIST.
SHOULD THE CUSTOM CEASE, EVIL WILL ENCOMPASS AND DESTROY THE WORLD.
THIS IS BECAUSE AN ANCIENT, VICIOUS CREATURE IS HEAVILY CHAINED
AGAINST A HUGE CLIFF AND EACH YEAR SERVANTS OF THE CREATURE GO OUT
ABOUT THE WORLD AND TAKE COUNT HOW MANY PYSANKY ARE DECORATED IN
THE WORLD. WHEN THERE ARE FEW PYSANKY THE CREATURE'S CHAINS LOOSEN
AND EVIL BEGINS TO FLOW THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. SHOULD THE SERVANTS
FIND THE CUSTOM OF DECORATING EGGS BEING PRACTICED WIDELY THEN THE
CHAINS OF THE MONSTER TIGHTEN, ALLOWING LOVE TO CONQUER EVIL.
PEASANTS PLACED KRASHANKA SHELLS IN THE THATCHED ROOFS OF THEIR
HOMES AND UNDER HAY MOUNDS TO TURN AWAY HIGH WINDS. BEEKEEPERS
PUT THEM UNDER HIVES FOR A GOOD SUPPLY OF HONEY. A KRASHANKA,
BLESSED ON EASTER EVE, WAS SUSPENDED ON A STRING FROM THE NECK
OF AN ILL PERSON, OR TOUCHED TO INFECTED AREAS ON PERSONS SUFFERING
FROM BLOOD POISONING TO EFFECT A CURE.

Submitter comment: FERTILITY SYMBOLS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
Food Drink -- Animal product Egg
BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Universe
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Animal

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FOLK MEDICINE FOR BIRTHMARKS

PRICK AREA WITH NEEDLE, BLEED AND APPLY GOAT,S MILK.

Submitter comment: IT DOES NOT WORK FOR ME.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00-00-1976

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ACNE CURE

MY UNCLE AND I WERE DISCUSSING THE BAD GASH I HAD ON MY HAND.
MY UNCLE SAID THAT MELTED LAMBFAT WOULD HELP TO HEAL IT QUICKLY
HE ALSO SAID THAT IT WOULD BE MOST HELPFUL IN CLEARING UP ACNE.

Submitter comment: MY UNCLE HAS USED MELTED LAMBFAT FOR YEARS AS A HEALING AGENT.
CUTS LACERATIONS

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 10-00-1977

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BELIEF

BROTHERS, SISTERS OR LOVED ONES SHOULD NOT BE SEPERATED BY POLES OR TREES ETC.
WHILE WALKING TOGETHER.

Submitter comment: THERE ARE MANY THINGS TO USE ON A BOIL; PINE RESIN, PEACH SKINS,
EGG WHITES, PLUM SKINS.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Plant

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FOLK REMEDIES

TO EASE THE SWELLEN OF THE MUMPS, PUT SARDINE OIL ON THE
SWOLLEN GLANDS.

Submitter comment:

MY MOTHER USED THIS REMEDY ON ME WHEN I HAD THE MUMPS. SHE
TIED A LONG-SLEEVE WHITE SHIRT AROUND MY GLANDS TO KEEP THE
OIL ON.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: GEORGIA ; MILLEDGEVILLE

Keyword(s): Ailments ; CURE ; Glands ; Homeopathy ; Mumps ; Relief ; REMEDY ; Sardines

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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FOLK REMEDIES

IF YOU BURN YOURSELF PUT BUTTER ON IT.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; MILLEDGEVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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TO CURE ARTHRITIS PLACE THE FEET IN FRESH HOT COW MANURE.

Submitter comment: THE WARMTH AND THE CERTAIN CHEMICALS CONTAINED IN THE MANURE CURE
THE ARTHRITIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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TO STOP AN EARACHE POUR HOT BUTTERMILK IN THE EAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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TO STOP AN EARACHE APPLY WARM WAX TO THE EAR.

Submitter comment: MOST ANY TYPE OF WARM SOLUTION WILL STOP AN EAR ACHE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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TO BREAK A FEVER EAT THE YOLK OF AN EGG.

Submitter comment: EATING THE YOLK OF AN EGG IS SUPPOSE TO BE THE BEST OF THE CURES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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