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CUSTOM

THE MOST HONORED AND RESPECTED PERSON IN THAILAND IS THE KING.
HE IS THE SPIRITUAL LEADER OF THE PEOPLE, THE TEMPORAL HEAD OF
THE COUNTRY AND THE SYMBOL OF THAILAND'S CULTURE. HIS PICTURE
AND THAT OF THE ROYAL FAMILY IS DISPLAYED IN THE SHOPS, HOMES AND
OFFICES. AT THE END OF LARGE GATHERINGS,
MOVIES, PLAYS, OR RECEPTIONS
THE KING'S ANTHEM IS PLAYED AND EVERYONE STANDS AT ATTENTION.
IN THE MOVIES, HIS PICTURE IS SHOWN ON THE SCREEN AND EVERYONE IS
EXPECTED TO RISE. CRIMES OF DISRESPECT AGAINST THE KING ARE
PUNISHABLE BY LAW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SOCIAL CLASS RANK THAILAND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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AFRICAN TRIBE TALE

A CERTAIN BIOLOGY PROFESSOR WAS DELIVERING A LECTURE AT MICHIGAN
STATE ON A TRIBE IN SOUTHERN AFRICA. THE SUBJECT UNDER DISCUSSION WAS
THE ABNORMALLY LARGE "PRIVATES" OF THIS TRIBE. TWO PRUDISH SORORITY
GIRLS EMBARRASSED BY THE CRUDE LECTURE ABRUPTLY LEFT THEIR SEATS
AND STARTED FOR THE DOOR. THE PROFESSOR STOPPED THEM WITH THIS
COMMENT, "WHAT'S YOUR RUSH GIRLS, THE
BOAT DOESN'T LEAVE UNTIL MORNING."

Submitter comment: TOLD TO ME AS ACTUAL FACT IN 1960.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

Keyword(s): CLASSROOM HUMOR ; COLLEGE PROFESSOR LEGEND

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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JAIN BUDDHISTS DON'T EAT MEALS AFTER SUNSET FOR FEAR THAT THEY
WILL EAT GERMS AND SIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Keyword(s): JAIN IS A CLASS OF BUDDHISTS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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It is my belief that the way a school day begins determines how
the rest of the school day will proceed. For instance if I go to
school one day and in my first hour I receive a corrected test back
with an "F" on it any other test I take or get back that day I will
fail also, regardless of how hard I've studied. This is also true for
days when something good happens to me in school. This belief does
not, however, extend out of school to my social life.

Submitter comment: I believe this because I've experienced it many times in the
past.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

Keyword(s): pilot class

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 00001986ca

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The Clever Chef

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

There once was a king who demanded that his chef prepare him a different type of meat for each principle meal. when the chef ran out of meats it would mean his death.

Quite naturally, the king soon ran out of chefs and volunteers for the job were few and far between. in fact, things got so bad that the king had to draft his subjects into the job. One of these peasants got drafted and day after day he prepared a different type of meat. However, as time went by, he began to run out of choices. Finally the day arrived when he had none. In desperation, he went to the palace barn at milking time and collected the cow manure as it was being expelled. That night he served it to the king. Upon tasting it, the king called for the chef in order that he might compliment him on the most delicious meat of all. When asked where it came from, the chef replied "it is that which hasn't fallen, your majesty."

Submitter comment:

This is translated from Polish and I feel it has lost its humor in translation.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

A grammatical correction was made to the Collector's spelling: Changing it's to its.

Original Boggs Number [B665] has been crossed out and B646 is written next to it.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Class ; COOKING ; Deception ; FECES ; Fool ; IGNORANCE ; King ; Peasant ; ROYALTY ; Scat ; SCATOLOGICAL ; Scatological Humor ; Social Class ; Trickery ; Wit

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Romantic Realistic

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Parody on a Proper Name

Sister Edith Kathleen was discussing current novels one day in our English class when she asked "Have you heard the latest book, 'Catch Her in the Raw? (A parody on the book Cathcher in the Rye)

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [S580] crossed out. Nothing written in place.

Submission card located in pile labeled To Be Classified.

Where learned: CLASS

Keyword(s): BOOK TITLE ; Classroom ; CLASSROOM HUMOR ; EDUCATION ; LITERATURE ; PARODY ; PUN ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Translations, plays on words, symbol writing
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Custom

Greetings:

Offering salt and bread and flowers is a way of greeting a person who has arrived from a long trip. This custom is one which was performed commonly in S.E. Poland and in Ukraine many years ago (prior to WWI) at that time it was used to greet any traveler regardless of his social position. Now recently it is used only in greeting people like priests, bishops, government officials, etc.

Submitter comment:

Although informant mentioned that this custom is carried out in Europe, I myself have observed this several months ago when people in a Ukrainian church greeted a bishop which had just been released from prison by the Russians.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Keyword(s): CUSTOM ; FLOWERS ; GREETING ; POLAND ; Salt, Bread ; Social Class ; Ukraine

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

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Language

Equidae - Horse Family

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The only informatino given on the card is the BN and the three words.

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; Biology ; Classification ; DEFINITION ; Equine ; FAMILY ; HORSE ; Language

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
SPEECH -- Vocabulary
SPEECH -- Folk Name for Animal

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Proverb

You can dress a person up, but you can't take him out.

Submitter comment:

Used by informant's girlfriend at senior prom when informant started throwing chunks of fruit salad into the air and catching them in his mouth.

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Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; CHARACTER ; Class ; DRESS ; Fashion ; Maxim ; Presentation ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Belief

The pishtace are nocturnal murderers of Indians. The pishtaco murder Indians in order to obtain human fat to be sold as lubricants for machinery and to be used in pharmacuticals.

The legend derives from 16th and 17th centurey Spanish practices of using human body fats as treatment for wounds and diseases. the people who tell this tale are poor Indians and the pishtaco are usually wealthy industrial men in the area. The tale helps draw lines of social class.

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Where learned: Journal of American Folklore ; The Pishtaco: Institutionalized Fear in Highland Peru

Keyword(s): BODY ; Cultural ; Culture ; Fat ; FEAR ; HORROR ; INDIAN ; INDUSTRY ; Kill ; Lubrication ; Machinery ; MEDICINE ; MURDER ; Native American ; Peru ; Peruvian ; Pharmaceutical ; Pishtaco ; Poor ; Social Class ; Wealthy

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

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Society

The author, Lee Hardin, argues the case that Greenwich Village in New York was the first of America's Bohemian communities, that the west coast bohemian villages were offspring of Greenwich Village.

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Where learned: Journal of American Folklore ; Folk Music Revival

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Bohemian ; Greenwich Village ; NEW YORK ; Social Class ; Social Group ; West Coast

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

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Music

The article studies three historical traditions of the banjo, the folk, minstrel popular, and classical.

Traditions of the banjo are characterized by:

a) The ways in which knowledge of the banjo was transmitted.

b) Closeness of the performer or craftsman to his audience or clientele

c) Self-perceived relation between the craftsman or musician to other crafstmen or musicians.

Exact origins of banjo unknown. Possible from West Africa with slaves.

Earliest banjo was made from a gourd.

Frets introduced in the 1860's and 70's

Peak of development (quality) in 1920's

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Where learned: ; The Physical Development of the Banjo ; New York Folklore Quarterly

Keyword(s): Audience ; Banjo ; Classical ; Craftsman ; Folk ; Fret ; GOURD ; HISTORY ; Instrument ; Minstrel ; MUSIC ; Origin ; Performer ; Slaves

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wood Gourd
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Musical instrument

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HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN

THERE IS A HOUSE IN NEW ORLEANS
THEY CALL THE RISING SUN
AND ITS BEEN THE RUIN OF
MANY A POOR BOY (GIRL) AND
GOD, I KNOW I,M ONE.

MY MOTHER WAS A TAILOR
SOLD MY BRAND NEW JEANS
MY FATHER WAS A GAMBLING
MAN WAY DOWN IN NEW ORLEANS.

(CHORUS)

NOW THE ONLY THING WITH
GAMBLING IS YOU GET AWFULLY DRY.
AND THE ONLY TIME HE IS SATISFIED
IS WHEN HE,S ROARING DRUNK


(CHORUS)
OL MOTHER, TELL YOUR CHILDREN (DAUGHTERS)
NOT TO DO WHAT I HAVE DONE.
SPEND YOUR LIFE IN SIN
AND MISERY, IN THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN.

(CHORUS)

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Keyword(s): Band ; Classic Rock ; Lyrics ; MUSIC ; PROSTITUTION ; The Animals

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

Date learned: 10-18-1967

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TO WARD OFF THE "COOTIES" SO COMMON TO ALL GRADE
SCHOOL CHILDREN, A GESTURE OF 2 FISTS TOGETHER WITH THE
THUMBS EXTENDED IS MADE.

Data entry tech comment:

DIAGRAM IS ON 5 X 8 CARD.

Updated By TRD for BN. Card Info Update is Forthcoming.

Where learned: DORM ROOM

Keyword(s): BEHAVIOR ; BELIEF ; CHILDHOOD ; CHILDREN ; Classroom ; COOTIES ; CUSTOM ; Fists ; GAME ; GESTURE ; Grade School ; SLANG ; Thumb

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School
BELIEF -- P670 P670.88
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22

Date learned: 10-10-1969

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