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BELIEF

ON THE RADIO ONE NIGHT I HEARD A SCIENTIST TALKING ABOUT
U.F.O.S (UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS). HE EXPRESSED BELIEF
IN THE IDEA THAT THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM WAS ACTUALLY A FLYING SAUCER
FROM VENUS, AND CHRIST WAS VENETIAN.

Submitter comment: HEARD AT THE TIME WHEN U.F.O.'S WERE THE BIG THING IN 1968

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

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

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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SPIRIT

ON AN AUGUST DAY WHEN THE SUN IS HIGHEST IN THE SKY AT 12
NOON, STAND WITH THREE FRIENDS IN A WOODEN DESERTED AREA. AT
EXACTLY 12 NOON HAVE EVERYONE STARE AT EACH OTHER. THE SUN COMING
THROUGH THE TREES SHOULD FORM A HALO OVER THE PERSON OR PERSONS
WHO HAVE ANY POWER OF WITCHCRAFT OR WIZARDRY IN THEIR BLOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBERS

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- not sure
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

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WITCH BELIEF

TO BECOME A WITCH, TAKE ONE GOLD RING, ONE CANDLE STICK HOLDER
AND ONE SCARF; BURY THESE IN THE EARTH TILL THE NEXT FULL MOON;
AT THE NEXT FULL MOON, AT MIDNIGHT, DIG UP THE RING, CANDLE-STICK
HOLDER AND SCARF AND BOIL THEM TOGETHER IN A LARGE POT THE
CANDIDATE WITCH THEN RECITES CERTAIN MAGICAL PHRASES AND
BECOMES A FULL-FLEDGED WITCH.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- P628 P628.2
BELIEF -- Use of Object
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies
SPEECH -- Formula

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PROVERB IN VERSE (?)

EVEN THE SEVERED BRANCH GROWS AGAIN,
AND THE SUNKEN MOON RETURNS:
WISE MEN WHO PONDER THIS ARE NOT TROUBLED IN ADVERSITY.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; HINDU BOOK CENTER

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; OPTIMISM ; SYMBOL

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

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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WHEN THERE IS A RING AROUND THE MOON IT'S GOING TO RAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: 04-00-1980

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HAZY MOON, RAIN SOON.

Where learned: ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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WHEN THERE IS A RING AROUND THE MOON AT NIGHT, IT
WILL RAIN THE NEXT DAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS FROM HER FATHER.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

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

Date learned: 04-03-1965

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A RING AROUND THE MOON AT NIGHT MEANS RAINS
IN THE MORNING.

Submitter comment: SOURCE NOT REMEMBERED

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

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

Date learned: 11-15-1967

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IF IT'S RAINING AND THE SUN COMES OUT, IT MEANS
THE DEVIL IS BEATING HIS WIFE.

Submitter comment: LEARNED THIS FROM HER FATHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 12-01-1967

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IF THE SUN SHINES WHILE IT IS RAINING, IT WILL
RAIN THE NEXT DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 10-28-1967

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IF AT NIGHT THE MOON HAS A YELLOW RING AROUND IT,
IT WILL RAIN THE NEXT DAY.

Submitter comment: I HEARD THIS FROM MY MOTHER WHEN AT THE AGE OF 10.

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

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

Date learned: 11-07-1967

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IN THE INCREASE OF THE MOON, CRACKLING(S) WILL NOT COOK OUT
GOOD, BUT IN THE DECREASE THEY WILL COOK OUT GOOD. IF YOU
DON'T KILL HOGS AT THE RIGHT TIME, THE CRACKLING(S) WILL BE
PUFFY AND YOU CAN'T COOK THE GREASE OUT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Keyword(s): HOG FAT PIG FAT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: 08-11-1968

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RENDER LARD WHEN THE MOON IS ON THE DECREASE TO GET THE GREASE
OUT OF THE FAT MEAT.

Submitter comment: MOTHER BELIEVES THIS TO BE TRUE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: 08-02-1968

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IT WON'T RAIN ON THE DARK (FIRST QUARTER MOON) NIGHTS IN JULY.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

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

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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EACH STAR WITHIN A CIRCLE AROUND THE MOON STANDS FOR A DAY
THAT WILL PASS BEFORE IT WILL RAIN.

Submitter comment: MRS. MC CLENDON HEARD THIS FROM HER 91 YEAR OLD

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

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

Date learned: 06-18-1972

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IF IT RAINS AND THE SUN SHINES, IT WILL RAIN AT THAT SAME TIME
THE NEXT DAY, MOSTLY IN JULY.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

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

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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A HALO AROUND THE MOON FORECASTS RAIN FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF
TIME.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; SALEM

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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A RING AROUND THE MOON BRINGS RAIN.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

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

Date learned: 07-03-1970

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DON'T KILL HOGS IN THE LIGHT OF THE MOON OR THE MEAT WILL
ALL GO TO GREASE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: 07-03-1970

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IF THERE IS A RING AROUND THE MOON, IT WILL RAIN WITHIN THE
NEXT 24 HOURS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; SPRINGFIELD

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

Date learned: 07-12-1968

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