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A RING AROUND THE MOON SIGNALS SOMETHING TRAGIC WILL HAPPEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALPENA

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: 10-11-1970

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WHEN THE SUN CASTS RAYS, IT MEANS IT IS DRAWING FOR RAIN.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS WHEN SHE WAS A YOUNG GIRL IN
DETROIT, MICHIGAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: 07-00-1964

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IF THERE IS A HAZE AROUND THE MOON, IT IS A SIGN OF RAIN
OR GLOOMY WEATHER FOR THE NEXT DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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MOON

A RING AROUND THE MOON MEANS IT WILL RAIN. IF THE STARS ARE OUT,
IT WILL BE CLEAR TOMORROW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: 02-00-1974

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WEATHER BELIEF

IF A CRESCENT MOON'S HORNS ARE TURNED UP TO HOLD WATER,
THERE WILL BE RAIN SOON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 09-00-1973

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WEREWOLVES

IN ENGLAND PEOPLE USED TO PUT BROOMS OUTSIDE THEIR DOORS TO WARD
OFF WEREWOLVES. THE WEREWOLVES COULD NOT RESIST THE TEMPTATION
TO COUNT EACH BRISTLE OF THE BROOMS, AND THIS TASK KEPT THEM
BUSY UNTIL THE FULL MOON DISAPPEARED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Werewolf Vampire
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: 09-00-1973

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IF THE SUN RISES RED, THIS MEANS RAIN.

Submitter comment: TOLD BY MRS. HAMPTON'S MOTHER WHO BELIEVED IT.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 10-02-1972

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WHEN YOU CAN HANG A POWDER HORN ON THE HOOK OF THE MOON YOU'LL HAVE
FROST.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WAS TOLD THIS AS A CHILD

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 09-20-1972

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DEVIL WORKING

IF THE SUN COMES OUT WHILE IT IS RAINING, IT MEANS THE DEVIL IS
BEATING HIS WIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PUNISHMENT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 11-17-1969

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BUBBLES ON THE WATER MEANS RAIN FOR THREE DAYS.

Submitter comment: HIS FATHER TOLD THIS TO HIM.

James Callow comment: NOT A PROVERB

Where learned: YPSILANTI

Keyword(s): NUMBERS ; SUPERSTITION ; WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies
PROVERB -- Weather Proverb

Date learned: 10-14-1967

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MOVEMENT OF EARTH BELIEF

THE GROUND MOVES AS THE EARTH TURNS, IF YOU PUT SOMETHING
ON THE GROUND, THE GROUND WILL MOVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P47O
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: 11-05-1971

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SILVER BELIEF

IF YOU BURY SILVER, IT TURNS WITH THE EARTH, AND WILL
MOVE TO A DIFFERENT PLACE.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Planet
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- P47O
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: 12-00-1971

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POLISH FOLK BELIEF

LIPOWY MIOD JEST NAJLEPSYM Z MIODOW.
NIBY DOJZALY BURGUND ZACHOWIYE W SOBIE
ENERGIE STONECZNA. OKRESLENCE 'STARY LEPIES' BRZMCATO JAKO
NAJIOYNSZN POCHWATADLA TRUNKU.
THE HONEY OF JULY IS THE BEST OF ALL HONEYS. IT RETAINS
WITHIN ITSELF THE ENERGY OF THE SUN. THE PHRASE, 'OLD JULY'
RINGS AS THE GREATEST PRAISE OF ITS DRINKS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Botany ; FOOD ; HONEY ; July ; Lore ; Moth ; Old July ; POLISH ; PRAISE ; Saying ; Sun

James Callow Keyword(s): MIDDLE-AGE? ; SYMBOL ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: Custom
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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MOON BELIEF

A FULL MOON BRINGS BABIES.

James Callow comment: "FULL" MOON, "FULL BELLY"? -- F. M. PAULSEN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: 02-19-1970

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WEREWOLF BELIEF

IF YOU LOOK BACK AT THE MOON OVER YOUR RIGHT SHOULDER
YOU WILL IMMEDIATELY
ENCOUNTER A WEREWOLF.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P870] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: CHICAGO

Keyword(s): Lycan ; MOON ; OMEN ; SUPERNATURAL ; SUPERSTITION ; Werewolf

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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LEGEND

WEREWOLVES COME OUT IN A FULL MOON.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: 03-15-1968

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WEREWOLF

PEOPLE LIVING IN SLAVIC COUNTRIES STRONGLY BELIEVE IN THE
EXISTENCE OF WEREWOLVES. THEY CLAIM THAT THE GYPSY WOMAN DELIVERS
A CURSE ON THE WEREWOLF AND THAT WHEN THE MOON IS FULL, PEOPLE
IMMEDIATELY LOCK THEIR DOORS, BECAUSE THE WEREWOLF IS COMING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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WEREWOLF

WEREWOLVES ARE SAID TO COME OUT AT NIGHT WHEN THERE IS A
FULL MOON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: 12-00-1965

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CHINESE FESTIVAL

CHENG YEUNG FESTIVAL IS THE FESTIVAL OF ASCENDING HEIGHTS.
ON THE 9TH DAY OF THE 9TH MOON, LEGEND SAYS THAT THE WISE
CLIMB TO HIGH PLACES TO AVOID DISASTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBERS

Subject headings: 686 Ninths / Nine
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F 64
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 21 solstice to September 22
BELIEF -- Human Being
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

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