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WHEN THE COWS GO DRY, THERE'S A WITCH IN THE VILLAGE.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): Cows ; Dry ; SIGN ; Witch

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Mammal

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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IF COWS LAY DOWN UNDER A TREE, YOU CAN BE SURE IT'S GOING
TO RAIN.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): BEHAVIOR ; Cows ; OMEN ; Rain ; SIGN ; Tree ; WEATHER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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MAGIC BELIEF

IF COWS WOULD NOT GIVE MILK IT WAS BECAUSE A WITCH HAD CAST A
SPELL. THE ONLY WAY TO RELEASE THE SPELL OR BREAK IT WOULD
BE TO PUT PINS IN THE MILK STRAINER, AND THIS WOULD HURT THE
WITCH. THUS SHE WOULD HAVE TO RETURN AND RELEASE THE SPELL.

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INFORMANT SAID THIS TYPE OF MAGIC WAS USUALLY RECOMMENDED BY THE
FORTUNE TELLERS IN POLAND.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AGRICULTURE ; Cows ; CURSE ; MAGIC ; Milk ; Pins ; POLAND ; Spell

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: 02-07-1971

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MAGIC BELIEF

IF A COW DOESN'T PRODUCE MILK, IT'S BECAUSE THE WITCH
HAD CAST A SPELL, THEREFORE, BEFORE ALL HOLY DAYS, POLISH
VILLAGERS WOULD BURN BLESSED HERBS IN AN INCENSE BURNER IN THE
BARN, BELIEVING THAT THE SMOKE WOULD CHASE AWAY THE WITCH.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Cow ; CURSE ; FARMING ; MAGIC ; Milk ; POLAND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: 02-07-1971

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BELIEF

YOU SHOULD NOT SPREAD BUTTER WITH A FORK, IT WILL MAKE THE COW
KICK.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK ; DETROIT ZOO

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Butter ; Cow ; FOOD ; Fork ; SUPERSTITION ; Utensil

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Animal product Egg
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Home

Date learned: 12-00-1969

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