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USE OF AN OBJECT BELIEF

MY MOTHER TOLD ME A CUSTOM THAT SHE OBSERVED
WHILE WE WERE LIVING IN JAPAN.
DURING THE WINTER WHEN THE CHERRY BLOSSOM TREES
BY THE BUDDA SHRINE HAVE NO LEAVES
THE JAPESE WORSHIPPERS OF THE BUDDA COME AND TIE
LITTLE MESSAGES ON STRINGS TO THE BRANCHES.
THESE MESSAGES ARE REQUESTS OF THE PEOPLE
FOR THINGS THAT THEY WANT VERY MUCH
AND THEY BELIEVE THAT THE SPIRITS COME AT NIGHT
AND READ THESE MESSAGES AND WILL GRANT THEIR WISHES.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): BUDDHA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 03-30-1968

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Custom

Buddhists wear miniature images of buddha around their necks. When displaying the image of the Lord Buddha in the homes or elsewhere, the Thai are careful to place the image high enough so that no human can be at a higher level or walk above the image.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [F538] crossed out. Not replaced with anything.

Submission card was located in pile labeled To Be Classified

Where learned: WHILE STATIONED IN THAILAND

Keyword(s): BUDDHA ; Buddhism ; CUSTOM ; ETHNIC ; RELIGION ; RELIGIOUS ; RELIGIOUS CUSTOM ; SYMBOL ; THAILAND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom
BELIEF -- Use of Object Religious objects

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