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MENSTRUATION SUPERSTITION

NEVER HAVE A TOOTH FILLED DURING MENSTRUATION OR IT WILL FALL OUT.

Submitter comment: SOURCE NOT REMEMBERED.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

James Callow Keyword(s): DENTISTRY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 12-24-1963

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SCARED BABY

A YOUNG MAN, SOON TO BE A FATHER, WALKED INTO THE HOUSE ONE
EVENING WITH A LARGE GREAT DANE. THIS SCARED HIS YOUNG WIFE
A GREAT DEAL AS SHE HAD NOT EXPECTED EITHER HE OR THE DOG.
A FEW MONTHS LATER WHEN THE WOMAN WENT TO THE HOSPITAL TO DELIVER
HER CHILD, SHE TOOK ALONG HER MOTHER. THE MOTHER CAME INTO THE
DELIVERY ROOM WITH HER, PREPARED TO DO WHAT SHE MUST. IF THE
CHILD WAS BORN WITH ANY MARKS, SHE WOULD RUB THESE WITH THE
PLACENTA TO ERASE THEM. BOTH MOTHER AND DAUGHTER BELIEVED THAT
THE BABY WOULD BE MARKED OR SCARRED BECAUSE THE MOTHER HAD BEEN
SCARED DURING HER PREGNANCY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 03-10-1967

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GETTING CHILD TO SLEEP

IF YOUR BABY HAS BEEN LOOKED AT A LOT BY STRANGERS, TO GET IT TO
SLEEP, WIPE THE RIGHT SIDE OF HIS HEAD BY THE EYE THREE TIMES WITH
A RAG, THEN TO THE OTHER SIDE THREE TIMES BY THE LEFT EYE. THE
BABY WILL FALL RIGHT TO SLEEP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Curse
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 02-00-1974

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METHOD OF CURING

IF YOU HAVE A STYE ON YOUR EYE, TAKE A GOLD HOLY RING AND RUB IT
OVER YOUR EYE AND IT GOES AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; RESIDENCE HALLS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00001950S AND 00001960S

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A CURE FOR BOILS

MY GRANDFATHER, FRANK PIAZZA, HAD A SMALL SISTER WHO HAD A VERY
LARGE BOIL ON HER CHEEK OF HER FACE WHEN SHE WAS TWO YEARS OLD. HER
PARENTS TOOK HER TO DOCTORS AND THE RESULTS WERE ALWAYS THE SAME, "WE
COULD OPERATE BUT THERE WOULD BE A LARGE VISIBLE SCAR."
MY GRANDFATHER'S PARENTS THOUGHT IT OVER, AND REMEMBERED A "BOIL
CURE" FROM THEIR OWN PARENTS.
THE CURE WAS TO ALWAYS KEEP GOOSE FAT ON THE BOIL, AND EVENTUALLY IT
WILL DISAPPEAR.
THE PARENTS DID THIS TO THEIR LITTLE GIRL, AND THE BOIL FINALLY WENT
AWAY.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A PIAZZA FAMILY CURE THAT HAS BEEN IN THE PIAZZA FAMILY FOR
MANY, MANY YEARS. THIS CURE HAS BEEN PUT TO USE THREE TIMES IN THAT
FAMILY, AND EACH TIME IT HAS WORKED.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; ITALY ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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CURE FOR HICCUPS

IF YOU HAVE THE HICCUPS, HERE IS A REMEDY TO CURE THEM.
FIRST YOU MUST FIND THE LONGEST BLADE OF GRASS FROM YOUR FRONT YARD.
NEXT, YOU TAKE THE BLADE OF GRASS AND GENTLY INSERT IT INTO YOUR
NOSE. BY DOING THIS A FEW TIMES, EVENTUALLY THIS WILL CAUSE YOU TO
SNEEZE, WHICH WILL IN TURN CAUSE YOU TO LOSE YOUR HICCUPS.

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

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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CURE FOR WARTS

IF YOU HAVE A WART ON YOUR BODY, YOU MUST DO THE FOLLOWING:
A) CUT AN ONION IN HALF
B) RUB THE ONION ON THE WART
C) BURY THE ONION OUTSIDE SOMEWHERE
IF THIS PROCEDURE IS FOLLOWED CORRECTLY, THE WART WILL DISAPPEAR IN
A FEW DAYS.

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

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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CURE FOR HEADACHES

IF YOU HAVE A HEADACHE OR A BUMP ON YOUR HEAD, IN ORDER TO STOP THE
PAIN OR SWELLING, YOU MUST DO THE FOLLOWING FIVE STEPS:
1) GET SOME POTATOES
2) CUT THEM IN HALVES
3) CUT THEM IN QUARTERS
4) PUT THEM IN A TOWEL
5) WRAP THE TOWEL AROUND YOUR HEAD, OR AROUND THE BUMP

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

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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WART CURE

IF YOU HAVE A WART, STEAL SOMEONE'S DISHRAG AND TAKE IT AND BURY IT.
THE WART WILL DISAPPEAR WITHIN THREE WEEKS.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT OFFERED THIS ONE, ALTHOUGH IT APPEARED SHE DID NOT
BELIEVE IT, SAYING SHE HAD HEARD IT FROM A FRIEND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

James Callow Keyword(s): DISBELIEF

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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HICCUPS

DRINK NINE (9) SIPS OF WATER.

Submitter comment: THIS FOLK REMEDY HAS BEEN PRACTICED FOR GENERATIONS. (IT REALLY
WORKS).

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: 686 Ninths / Nine
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-11-1972

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HICCUPS

PUT A BAG OVER YOUR HEAD AND PRESS BOTH EAR LOBES.

Submitter comment: THIS FOLK REMEDY HAS BEEN PRACTICED FOR YEARS BY MANY FAMILIES
AND IS STILL CATCHING ON.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-11-1972

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NOSE BLEED

PUT A SMALL PIECE OF PAPER BAG UNDER THE TOP LIP.

Submitter comment: THIS REMEDY WAS HANDED DOWN TO MRS. SULLIVAN BY HER GRANDMOTHER
WHO WAS FULL BLOODED CHEROKEE.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-11-1972

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TO CURE CHICKEN POX, AFTER DARK GO TO THE CHICKEN HOUSE, LAY DOWN
AND LET A BLACK HEN FLY OVER YOU.

Submitter comment: MRS. HAMPTON WAS TOLD THIS SEVERAL YEARS AGO BUT DID NOT BELIEVE
IT.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-11-1972

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NOSE BLEED

DROP KEYS DOWN YOUR BACK

Submitter comment: THIS FOLK REMEDY WAS GIVEN TO MRS. SULLIVAN BY HER GRANDMOTHER,
WHO REALLY BELIEVES IT.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-11-1972

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SORE THROAT CURE

RECIPE- MIX EQUAL PARTS HONEY, LEMON, AND WATER. ADD TWO PARTS
STIFF WHISKEY. HEAT A {SIC}AND SWALLOW.

Submitter comment: I DONT REMEMBER WHERE I LEARNED THIS BUT IT WORKS.

Where learned: EXPERIENCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

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IF YOU DIP A PIECE OF AN OLD WEDDING GOWN INTO A CUP OF HOT WATER AND
DRINK THE WATER YOU WILL BE CURED OF MANY ILLNESSES

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WAS TOLD OF THIS CURE BY HIS PATERNAL GRANDFATHER WHO LIVED
MUCH OF HIS LIFE IN SWEDEN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): CUREALL

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

Date learned: 10-23-1972

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TO CURE HICCUPS, HOLD YOUR BREATH AND COUNT TO TEN.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: 686 First / Once / One / Newness
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00001950S

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PUT AN OLD SOCK AROUND YOUR NECK FOR A COLD OR SORE THROAT. THE
DIRTIER THE SOCK, THE BETTER IT WORKED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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WARTS

WHEN A PERSON HAS WARTS COUNT THE NUMBER OFWARTS AND GO TO THE
DRAIN-SPOUT WHERE THE RAIN WATER RUNS OUT AND PICK UP THESAME
NUMBER OF SMALL PEBBLES. PUT THE PEBBLES INA PRETTY
HANDKERCHIEF AND TIE THEM IN A KNOT INSIDE IT. TAKE THE
HANDKERCHIEF WITH THE PEBBLES INSIDE IT TO A FORK IN THE ROAD
DROP IT, THE FIRST PERSON TO PICK IT UP WILL GET YOUR WARTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-05-1972

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IN THE CASE OF SNAKE BITE CUT AN X OVER EACH FANG MARK , SUCK
THE POISON OUT AND SPIT THE JUICE FROM CHEWING TOBACCO ON THE WOUND, THE TOBAC
JUICE KILLS THE GERMS AND COUNTERACTS WHAT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

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

Date learned: 10-01-1972

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