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SOCK TRADITION

JOE HOFFMAN'S FATHER ALWAYS HAD A SPECIAL WAY OF PUTTING ON HIS
SOCKS. JOE FOLLOWED THE FAMILY PATTERN BY FOLDING IN THE HEEL, THEN
FOLDING THE SOCK IN HALF, STEPPING ON IT AND UNFOLDING IT.

Submitter comment: ITEM WAS LEARNED IN ORCHARD LAKE, MICHIGAN ALTHOUGH IT WAS COLLECTED
IN DETROIT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BOTSFORD GRADE SCHOOL ; CLARENCEVILLE DISTRICT

James Callow Keyword(s): DRESSING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Routine activity
SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.31

Date learned: 11-00-1982

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CUSTOM

THAIS ARE TAUGHT TO CONSIDER CERTAIN PARTS OF THE BODY
AS MORE SACRED THAN OTHERS. THE FEET ARE THE LEAST
SACRED AND IT IS NOT COURTEOUS TO SPRAWL OR
SIT WITH LEGS ELEVATED AND POINTED AT A THAI.
PERHAPS THE GREATEST INSULT THAT A PERSON CAN DIRECT
AT A THAI IS TO POINT HIS FOOT AT A THAI'S HEAD.

Where learned: THAILAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.31
SPEECH -- Respect

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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