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MY BODY LIES OVER THE OCEAN,
MY BODY LIES OVER THE SEA,
MY DADDY LIES OVER MY MOMMIE,
THAT'S HOW I CAME TO BE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): ORIGIN OF BABIES

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Human Life
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 11-11-1973

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Superstition: Animals

La Cicilia (Snake Belief):

This is a little short snake (type of viper) which is blind and hisses. It comes out once a year on the feast of the Madonna degli Angeli. On this feastday no child is left alone for the people believe that these vipers seek babies and small children. The vipers are believed to have the spirit of the devil within them and seek little children's souls.

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My mother really believes this story and claims to have seen them.

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James Callow comment:

Written on the right hand side of the card: Date? Unknown.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Babies ; CHILDREN ; Feast ; FESTIVAL ; holiday ; Holy Day ; Prey ; Serpent ; Snake ; Soul ; Viper

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Mammal

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Urban Legend

Nashville Reservoir

The reservoir used to be a place for many people to sight-see. They could climb to the top of the wall and look in at our city's water supply. A locked gate was placed there becasue so many people were using the water supply to unload unwanted cats, dogs, babies, and trash.

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Keyword(s): Babies ; Cats ; Dogs ; Litter ; Nashville ; Reservoir ; TRASH ; Urban Legend

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

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Jump Rope Rhyme

First grade babies
Second grade tots
Third grade angles
Fourth grade snots
Fifth grade peaches
Sixth grade plums
All the rest are dirty bums.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): ANGELS ; Babies ; Bums ; COUNTING ; Entertainment ; Fifth ; First ; Fourth ; FRUIT ; GAME ; Jump Rope ; Language ; Peaches ; Plums ; RHYME ; Second ; Sixth ; Snots ; Third ; Tots

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

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Special Memory Quilts

A lot of mothers made "memory quilts" that was pieces of material from dresses or skirts of all in the family like-a scrap of Baby's first colored dress or their first year in school dress, little boys first year, and first year school shirt. Any occassion that meant a lot to them, they would enter the material of what that person wore-no pattern, just sew any shape togehter. It was called "Memories' Crazy Quilt"

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Where learned: FLORIDA ; Plant City

Keyword(s): Babies ; CHILDREN ; Craft ; Domestic ; Heirloom ; Keepsake ; MEMORIES ; Quilting ; Textiles

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Finished Product

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CATS KILL INFANTS BY SUCKING THEIR BREATH.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Babies ; BREATH ; Cats ; Infants ; Kill

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 10-14-1973

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BABIES ARE FOUND UNDER THE CABBAGE LEAVES IN THE GARDEN.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): Babies ; BABY ; Cabbage ; GARDEN ; Tale

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Human Life
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Birth

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PREDICTING HOW MANY CHILDREN A FUTURE BRIDE WILL HAVE.
AT A BRIDAL SHOWER, THE NUMBER OF RIBBONS ON THE PRESENTS, BROKEN
PREDICTS THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN SHE WILL HAVE

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Keyword(s): Babies ; BELIEF ; Bride ; CHILDREN ; CUSTOM ; FAMILY ; GAME ; GIFT ; MARRIAGE ; Newlyweds ; Offspring ; PREDICTION ; Ribbon

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Breaking of
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs
BELIEF -- Use of Object Occasions Events
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining number of children or sex of unborn

Date learned: 04-00-1980

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