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IF YOU SEE AN OLD CAT RUNNING AND PLAYING AND FEELING GOOD; IT IS A
SIGN THE WIND IS GOING TO BLOW.

Submitter comment: MY UNCLE SAID THIS ABOUT A CAT ON HIS PORCH.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 12-00-1972

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THUNDER AFTER MIDNIGHT; MEANS THAT THE NEXT DAY WILL BE LOWERY.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD TO THE INFORMANT, BY HIS MOTHER WHEN HE WAS A SMALL BOY

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 12-00-1972

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WHEN IT IS THUNDERING AND LIGHTENING AND RAINING AT THE SAME TIME
THIS MEANS THE DEVIL IS BEATING HIS WIFE.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Spiritual beings, things, or places
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 12-00-1972

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EVERY MORNING MY MOTHER WOULD GO OUTSIDE AND LOOK AT THE SMOKE
COMING OUT OF THE CHIMNEY. IF THE SMOKE WENT STRAIGHT UP THE
WEATHER WOULD BE GOOD. IF THE SMOKE CURLED AROUND THE WEATHER
WOULD BE BAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through A time segment or a direction
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Other matter not of solid form

Date learned: 10-20-1972

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SUNSET

A SUMMER RED SUNSET MEANS A HOT DAY FOR TOMORROW

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 10-25-1972

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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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RAINBOWS

AT THE END OF A RAINBOW, THERE'S A POT OF GOLD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COSMOS

James Callow Keyword(s): OPTIMISM ; SUPERNATURAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-19-1968

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DRY MARCH AND WET MAY WILL BRING A FLOURISHING
HARVEST OF (RYE) GRAIN.
MARZEC SUCHU, A MOKRY MAJ-ZYTO JAKO GAJ. (POLISH ASSUMED)

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon
PROVERB -- Weather Proverb

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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POLISH PROVERB

BIG CLOUDS--LITTLE RAIN. (TRANSLATION)
Z DUZES CHMURY--MALY DESZCZ. (POLISH)

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS ; WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-25-1969

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PREDICTION

BIG DROPS, LITTLE RAIN.
LITTLE DROPS, BIG RAIN.

Data entry tech comment: VARIANT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHIASMUS ; CONTRAST ; WEATHER PROVERB

James Callow Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-15-1968

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BELIEF-LEGEND

THE ESKIMOS BELIEVED THAT AFTER THE SUN SET IN THE
WESTERN OCEAN, HE WAS PADDLED BACK IN A KAYAK THROUGH THE
NIGHT TO THE EASTERN HORIZON.

Submitter comment:

HEARD IN YOUTH BY INFORMANT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PERSONIFICATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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STORM BELIEF

TO EXPLAIN A STORM; THERE ARE 3 DRAGONS IN HEAVEN. THE FATHER
MOTHER, AND THE BABY. THE BABY GOT LOST. THUNDER IS THE FATHER
CALLING TO HIM AND THE RAIN IS THE TEARS FROM THE MOTHER
CRYING FOR HER LOST SON.

Submitter comment:

FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 46O
686 686.1
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 10-01-1965

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DEVIL BELIEF

IN HUNGARY WHEN THE SUN SHINES AND IT RAINS, THE PEOPLE
SAY THAT THE DEVIL IS BEATING HIS WIFE. THE SUN REPRESENTS HIS
LAUGHING, AND THE RAIN, HER TEARS.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT HEARD FROM GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOLISM

Subject headings: 46O
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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LIGHTNING WILL NOT STRIKE THE SAME SPOT TWICE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 686.1.2
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

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ANGEL BELIEF

LIGHTNING IS THE RESULT OF THE CLASHING OF THE SWORDS OF THE GODS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Gods
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 04-01-1968

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LIGHTNING WON'T STRIKE TWICE IN THE SAME PLACE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 686.1.2
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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LIGHTNING NEVER STRIKES TWICE IN THE SAME PLACE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 686.1.2
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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A CANDLE IN EACH WINDOW WILL PREVENT
LIGHTNING FROM HITTING YOUR HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 11-19-1968

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