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SUPERSTITIONS

THERE IS AN ISLAND OFF THE COAST OF NEWFOUNDLAND: WOODS ISLAND
( INSMARA ) LOCATED IN THE BAY OF ISLANDS THAT WAS A BASE FOR
PIRATES. EVERY YEAR THERE IS SOMEBODY WHO FINDS BURIED TREASURE.
IT IS REPORTED THAT THESE LUCKY PEOPLE USE THE ACTUAL MAPS. YOU
BETTER BE CAREFUL IF YOU GO THERE TO DIG FOR TREASURE BECAUSE THERE
ARE STILL THE GHOSTS OF PIRATES WALKING THE ISLAND- MANY OF THEM
WITH HEADS MISSING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BURIED TREASURE.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 11-00-1971

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Toast

May you be in heaven 1/2 an hour before the Devil discovers you've been dead and buried.

Submitter comment:

Her mother told her. Popular in Ireland.

 

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Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Buried ; Dead ; DEVIL ; DRINKING ; ETHNIC ; HEAVEN ; Irish ; Social ; TOAST

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
SPEECH -- Formula

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SPIRIT MEDIUMS

THERE ARE GOOD AND BAD MEDIUMS. A MEDIUM CAN INVADE THE BODY OF A
MAN NOT YET REALLY DEAD AND PULL THE SPIRIT RIGHT OUT, AND THEN THE
MEDIUM CONTROLS IT. I HAVE SEEN CASKETS BROKEN OPEN INEXPLAINABLY.

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THIS IS A BELIEF IN INDIA.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Keyword(s): Buried Alive ; DEATH ; India ; Medium ; SPIRIT ; Zombie

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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