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CUSTOM

SATAN AND HIS FOLLOWERS CELEBRATE FOUR SABBATHS IN THE FOUR
DIFFERENT SECTIONS OR COVENS OF THE WORLD AROUND THE SAME TIME
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH CELEBRATES ITS SEASONAL CHANGES. HE ALSO
HAS ONE BIG CEREMONY CALLED THE BLOODY SABBATH.
ON THIS DAY ALL FOUR COVENS GET TOGETHER FOR A GOOD TIME OF
SACRIFICE (A YOUNG PERSON'S WARM BLOOD) AND PUNISHMENT FOR
ALL WHO HAVE BEEN DISOBEDIENT TO SATAN AND THE INSTALLMENT OF
NEW WITCHES.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

Keyword(s): Coven ; DEVIL ; DEVIL WORSHIP ; holiday ; PUNISHMENT ; Sabbath ; Sacrifice ; SATAN ; WITCHES

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system:
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: SMALLER THAN A STALLION, ANGRIER THAN THE DEVIL.
A: PEPPER.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL AND DEVIL (Q) ; EATABLES AND DRINKS (A) ; METAPHORICAL

James Callow Keyword(s): HORSE ; SEASONING

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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WORDS OF WISDOM

CONSTANT OCCUPATION PREVENTS TEMPTATION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RHYME

James Callow Keyword(s): IDLE HANDS ARE THE DEVIL'S ; INTERNAL RHYME ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 01-20-1968

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STORY ABOUT THE DEVIL,S DANCING IN THE WOODS

IT WAS HARVEST TIME AND ALL THE YOUNG FOLK WERE THRASHING THE GRAINS
THAT HAD JUST BEEN HARVESTED.
ONE AUTUMN NIGHT ABOUT 11 O,CLOCK WHILE THEY WERE THRASHING THE GRAIN
THEY HEARD MUSIC COMING FROM THE RAFTERS, THEY LOOKED UP AND SAW
SOME DEVILS DANCING UP IN THE LOFT. THESE DEVILS WERE ALL BLACK AND
ALL THEIR CLOTHING WERE BLACK. THEY DANCED ON ONE LEG AND ONLY HAD
ONE EYE AND ONE NOSTRIL. THE MUSIC WAS PLAYED ON A SMALL ACCORDION
AND FIDDLE.
THE YOUTHS WERE TYPICALLY BRAVE AND BOISTERIOUS AND DECIDED TO TAKE
THE INSTRUMENTS AWAY. THE DEVILS LEFT AT THE FIRST COCKS CROW
(ONE O,CLOCK) WITH A WHISTLE AND A BANG. SO THE NEXT NIGHT THE
YOUTHS , AS THE DEVILS WERE ABOUT TO LEAVE AT THE COCK,S CROW,
KNOCKED ONE INSTRUMENT OUT OF THE HANDS OF THE DEVILS.
BUT WHEN THEY REACHED THE INSTRUMENT IT WAS JUST A LARGE CHARRED
PIECE OF WOOD. THE NEXT NIGHT THE DEVILS CAME BACK AND BEGGED
CKRYVEL, KRYVEL GIVE US BACK OUR FIDDLE" BUT THE YOUTHS DID NOT
RETURN IT. THE TWO YOUTHS WHO HAD TAKEN IT HAD TO PREPARE THE
STOVE FOR DRYING OUT THE GRAINS BEFORE THE THRASHING. THEY THREW THE
CHARRED WOOD INTO THE STOVE BUT IT WOULDN,T BURN. SO THEY WENT TO
BED AND THE NEXT MORNING THE TWO WERE FOUND STRANGLED.

Submitter comment: THIS STORY WAS TOLD TO MY GRANDMOTHER BT HER GRANDMOTHER WHEN SHE WAS
A CHILD. THE TIME IS APPROXIMATELY THE TURN OF THE CENTURY WHEN THE
STORY WAS TOLD. THE STORY TOOK PLACE AROUND 1850.
SHE TOLD MY GRANDMOTHER THAT SHE ACTUALLY SAW THESE DEVILS.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DO NOT TAKE THINGS THAT DO NOT BELONG TO YOU -PAYMENT CAN BE COSTLY ; THEFT FORM DEVIL

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon

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THE COTTAGE CHEESE

A MAN AND HIS WIFE ONCE DID THE DEVIL A FAVOR. IN REPAYMENT FOR THIS
FAVOR, THE DEVIL TOLD THE COUPLE THAT WHEN HE COMES TO THEM AT NIGHT,
THEY MAY ASK HIM TO BRING ANYTHING THEY WANT. LATE ONE NIGHT, THE
DEVIL APPEARED IN THE COUPLE,S ROOM. THE DEVIL ASKED THE MAN WHAT HE
WANTED. THE MAN TOLD THE DEVIL HE WANTED COTTAGE CHEESE. A SHORT TIME
LATER THE DEVIL APPERAED. HE ASKED THE MAN, WHO WAS VERY DROWSY,
WHERE HE WANTED THE COTTAGE CHEESE. THE MAN SAID TO PUT IT ALL OVER
THE WALLS. HE DID NOT CARE WHERE IT WAS PUT. IN THE MORNING, WHEN THE
COUPLE AWOKE, THE WALLS, FLOOR, AND CEILING WERE PLASTERED WITH
COTTAGE CHEESE. THE COUPLE LEARNED NOT TO ASK FOR ANYTHING THEY DID
NOT NEED.

Submitter comment: TOLD AT MY HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GIFT FROM DEVIL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon

Date learned: 03-15-1970

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A GRANDFATHER AND HIS GRANDSON WERE PLAYING CARDS LATE ONE NIGHT
WITH TWO OLD FRIENDS. BOTH THE GRANDFATHER AND THE GRANDSON SWEAR
THE STORY IS TRUE. THE GRANDFATHER KNOW HE WASN'T SUPPOSED TO BE
OUT LATE AT NIGHT BECAUSE HIS WIFE WAS AT HOME WORRYING ABOUT HIM.
THEN THERE WAS A KNOCK ON THE DOOR AND A STRANGER TO ALL ENTERED AND
A STRANGER TO ALL ENTERED AND SPOKE TO THE OLD MAN, " YOU BETTER
GET HOME BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE" AS THE STRANGER LEFT THEY ALL
NOTICED THAT HE HAD NO SHOES AND HOOFS FOR FEET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): DEVIL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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THERE ONCE LIVED A YOUNG CATHOLIC GIRL WHO INSISTED ON DATING A
YOUNG MAN OF WHOM HER PARENTS DID NOT APPROVE. ONE NIGHT HER FATHER
FORBADE HER TO DATE HIM BUT SHE WENT OUT WITH HIM ANYWAY, AFTER A
BITTER ARGUMENT, AS A DELIBERATE ACT OF DISRESPECT. AS SHE DROVE
ALONG WITH HER DATE, SHE HAPPENED TO GLANCE DOWN AT THE ACCELARATOR.
INSTEAD OF A PAIR OF SHOES, HOWEVER, HER "YOUNG MAN" POSSESSED A
PAIR OF HOOFS. THE GIRL WAS LED ASTRAY BY THE DEVIL AND NEVER SEEN
AGAIN.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD BY A NUN TO INSTILL IN US THE NEED FOR OBEDIENCE AND
RESPECT TO PARENTS.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Keyword(s): DEVIL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon

Date learned: 00-00-1962

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THE GIRL WHO HAD A DATE WITH THE DEVIL

EARLY IN THE 1800'S A GIRL ABOUT THE AGE OF 20 WENT TO A DANCE WITH
HER BOYFRIEND. HE WAS HONEST AND FRIENDLY, BUT NOT HANDSOME. WHILE
AT THE DANCED, SHE MET A VERY HANDSOME FELLOW. SHE DANCED AND
DANCED WITH THIS HANDSOME FELLOW, COMPLETELY IGNORING HER BOYFRIEND.
AT MIDNIGHT HER HANDSOME PARTNER CHANGED INTO THE DEVIL. HE DANCED
WITH HER TO HELL AND SHE WAS NWVER SEEN AGAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

Keyword(s): DEVIL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon

Date learned: 03-24-1970

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DEVILS SKATING

IN THE WINTERTIME ALL THE CHILDREN WOULD GO SKATING IN THE EVENING
ON A FROZEN LAKE NEARBY. AROUND TEN OR ELEVEN O'CLOCK ON SOME NIGHTS
DEVILS WOULD COME TO SKATE. THESE DEVIL'S WERE SMALL LIKE THE
CHILDREN AND ALL BLACK WITH BLACK CLOTHES. THEY HAD ONE EYE AND ONE
NOSTRIL AND ALWAYS SKATED ON ONE OF THEIR LEGS. THEY (THE ) DEVILS
WOULD PLAY A GAME WITH THE CHILDREN. THE CHILDREN WOULD HAVE SOME
WOODEN STICKS AND THE DEVILS HAD IRON ONE AND EACH TEAM WOULD TRY TO
HIT A WOODEN PUCK PAST EACH OTHER. AT THE FIRST COCK'S CROW THE
DEVILS WOULD LEAVE WITH A WHISTLE AND A GANG.

Submitter comment: THIS STORY WAS TOLD TO MY GRANDMOTHER BY HER GRANDMOTHER WHEN SHE
WAS A CHILD, THE STORY TAKES PLACE ABOUT THE MIDDLE OF THE NINETEENTH
CENTURY.

Where learned: TANJANSKIENE, KAROLINA

Keyword(s): DEVIL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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IF YOU SAY THE " OUR FATHER " BACKWARDS YOUR CALLING ON THE DEVIL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DEVIL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon

Date learned: 11-02-1971

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THE DEVIL'S HOLE ROAD LEGEND.

" THE AREA IN WHICH I LIVE USED TO BE ALL SWAMPY. THE INDIANS
BELIEVED THAT WHEN AN INDIAN OR WHITE MAN WENT INTO THE AREA AND DID
NOT RETURN THAT THE DEVIL HAD CAPTURED HIM. SO THAT IS HOW DEVIL'S
HOLE ROAD GOT ITS NAME. "

Where learned: OHIO ; PEMBERVILLE

Keyword(s): CAPTURED BY DEVIL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

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YELLOW MIKE

BACK IN 1940 THERE WAS A TRAIN WHICH WAS PASSING THROUGH HASTINGS,
MICHIGAN DURING THE NIGHT. A LARGE CRATE WHICH WAS ON THIS TRAIN
FELL OUT OF THE DOOR OF ONE OF THE BOX CARS. A MAN WHO WAS KNOWN AS
MIKE WENT TO SEE WHAT WAS IN THE BOX. AS HE LIT A MATCH AND LOOKED
INSIDE THE BOX, HE SAW A CREATURE WHICH LOOKED LIKE A MAN BUT IT WAS
TOTALLY COVERED WITH LONG YELLOW HAIR. BECAUSE OF THIS IT WAS NAMED
YELLOW MIKE. THE NEXT DAY YELLOW MIKE WAS PUT IN THE HASTINGS'
INSANE ASYLUM. TWO DAYS LATER THE ASYLUM CAUGHT FIRE. SOME OF THE
PATIENTS WERE SAVED AND MANY WERE BURNED TO DEATH. NOBODY SAW
YELLOW MIKE COME OUT, SO THEY FIGURED THAT HE HAD BEEN BURNED TO
DEATH. THE NEXT MORNING FARMERS IN THE AREA REPORTED FINDING
THEIR CATTLE AND OTHER LIVESTOCK LITERALLY TORN APART AND THAT
THERE WAS YELLOW HAIR LYING AROUND. ALSO A LADY SAID THAT HER SON
AND HIS GIRLFRIEND HAD NOT YET RETURNED FROM THEIR DATE. THE TWO
WERE LATER FOUND IN AN AREA BY GUN LAKE WHICH IS CALLED DEVILS' SOUP
BOWL.(IT IS A WELL VISITED SPOT BY PARKERS). THEIR BODIES WERE
TORN APART AS IF SOME ANIMAL HAS GOTTEN AHOLD OF THEM. THERE WAS
ONLY YELLOW HAIR LYING AROUND AND UNDER THE BOY'S FINGERNAILS
THERE WAS YELLOW HAIR. IMMEDIATELY TWENTY MEN WERE STATIONED AT
DEVILS' SOUP BOWL. EIGHTEEN MEN WERE STATIONED AT THE LOW GRADED
SIDE AND THE OTHER TWO AT THE STEEP GRADED SIDE BECAUSE THEY
FIGURED IF YELLOW MIKE WAS IN THERE HE WOULD COME OUT ON THE LOW
GRADED SIDE. THEIR ORDERS WERE TO SHOOT TO KILL AND NOT WOUND
HIM. IF HE WERE TO BE WOUNDED HE WOULD BECOME WORSE THAN HE ALREADY
WAS. ONE OF THE EIGHTEEN SAW YELLOW MIKE AND FIRED BUT HE ONLY
WOUNDED HIM. ONE OF THE TWO FROM THE OTHER SIDE RAN OVER TO SEE
WHAT WAS HAPPENING. WHEN HE DIDN'T RETURN THE OTHER GUY WENT OVER
TO SEE WHAT WAS GOING ON. WHEN HE GOT THERE HE FOUND NINETEEN
MUTILATED BODIES. HIS FRIEND WAS JUST BARELY ALIVE AND THE LAST
THING HE SAID WAS THAT IT WAS YELLOW MIKE AND HE'S WOUNDED. ALL
NINETEEN WERE BURIED ON A HILL NEAR BY NOW CALLED GRAVES' HILL
AND THERE IS A BOULDER OVER EACH GRAVE. WELL THEY FIGURED YELLOW
MIKE WOULD DIE AS A WOUNDED SO THEY DIDN'T BOTHER TO TRACK HIM
DOWN. HASTING LATER ON STARTED GETTING REPORTS FROM JACKSON,
MICHIGAN AND EVEN FARTHER SOUTH OF ANIMALS BEING KILLED AND
FINDING YELLOW HAIR BY THEM. IT SEEMS EVEN UP TO THIS DAY THAT
YELLOW MIKE COMES NORTH FOR THE SUMMER AND GOES SOUTH DURING
MICHIGAN'S COLD SEASON. IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE THIS IS TRUE YOU
CAN GO TO HASTING'S CITY LIBRARY AND UNDER THE HISTORY OF THE
CITY OF HASTING YOU WILL FIND THIS TALE.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): PLACE NAMES, MURDER ; VIOLENT DEATHS

James Callow Keyword(s): DEVIL'S SOUP BOWL, MICHIGAN

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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A GAMBLER'S LESSON

FAR AWAY BY A RIVER, THERE WAS A LITTLE WHITE HOUSE IN WHICH THERE LIVED A FAMILY.
A FATHER, MOTHER, A BOY AND A GIRL. THEY HAD ONE PROBLEM, THEIR FATHER LIKED TO GAMBLE
AND DRINK. ALL OF A SUDDEN, THEIR MOTHER GOT VERY SICK. THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE MONEY TO SEND
HER TO THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE THE FATHER GAMBLED EVERYTHING HE EARNED. THE MOTHER DIED. THE
GIRL WAS HELPING WITH EVERYTHING AROUND THE HOUSE AND THE BOY WAS TRYING TO EARN MONEY FOR
THE LIVING OF THE FAMILY. ONE DAY THE BOY WAS DRAFTED INTO THE ARMY. HE WAS ALWAYS WONDERING
HOW HIS SISTER WAS MANAGING AT HOME AND WAS ALWAYS VERY SAD. HIS ARMY BUDDY WAS ASKING HIM WHY
HE WAS SO SAD. HE TRIED TO HIDE THE ANSWER FROM HIM, BUT FINALLY TOLD HIM THAT HE HAD A BEAUTIFUL
SISTER WHO COULD NOT MANAGE THE HOME BECAUSE OF THE FATHER'S GAMBLING. HIS FRIEND PROMISED TO
HELP HIM DURING HIS NEXT FURLOUGH. HE WENT TO A THEATRE AND BOUGHT HIMSELF A DEVIL OUTFIT. WHEN
FURLOUGH TIME CAME, HE PUT THE OUTFIT ON, AND ON TOP OF IT, THE BEST SUIT THA HE COULD FIND.
WHEN THEY REACHED THE BOY'S HOME, THEY COULDN'T FIND THE BOY'S FATHER. THE SISTER TOLD HIM THAT
THEIR FATHER WAS A FEW MILES AWAY AT AN INN. THE BOY'S FRIEND WENT TO THE INN AND ASKED FOR THE MAN.
THE INNKEEPER TOLD HIM THAT HE WAS PLAYING CARDS IN THE CORNER. HE WENT OVER TO THE CORNER AND GREETED
THE GAMBLERS, ASKING PERMISSION TO JOIN THEM. THEY ACCEPTED HIM. HE WAS A VERY GOOD CARD PLAYER AND
STARTED TO WIN FROM THE BEGINNING. A FEW HOURS LATER, ONLY THE GIRL'S FATHER WAS LEFT IN THE GAME.
ALL THE OTHERS HAD STOPPED PLAYING BECAUSE THEY HAD LOST EVERYTHING THAT THEY HAD. THE GIRL'S FATHER
WAS LOSING ALSO. BY ELEVEN O'CLOCK, HE ASKED FOR ONE FREE HAND OF CARDS. HE HAD LOST EVERYTHING. THE
BOY GAVE IT TO HIM. IT ALSO WAS A LOSING HAND. THE MAN WANTED TO QUIT AND TOLD THE BOY THAT HE HAD NO
MONEY TO GAMBLE. THE BOY TOOK HIS GLOVES OFF. RED, LONG FINGERNAILS WERE STICKING OUT FROM HIS DEVIL'S
OUTFIT, AND WHEN HE REMOVED HIS HAT, LITTLE HORNS WERE STICKING OUT FROM HIS HAIR. HE SAID, "NOW WE ARE
GOING TO PLAY FOR YOUR SOUL. I WOULD LIKE TO WIN YOUR SOUL." THE MAN JUMPED UP AND STARTED TO RUN TOWARDS
HIS HOME. THE YOUNG MAN WAS PURSUING HIM. THERE WAS A CHURCH BY THE ROAD. THE MA RAN INTO IT. THE MAN TOOK
THE SEAT CLOSEST TO THE ALTAR. THE BOY, OUTSIDE THE CHURCH, WHISTLED HIS WAY TO HIS FRIEND'S HOME. THE MAN
WAITED TILL THE PRIEST CAME IN AND ASKED FOR CONFESSION. THE BOY RETURNED ALL THE WINNINGS TO HIS FRIEND AND
ASKED TO MARRY HIS SISTER. FROM THAT DAY ON, THEY WERE A VERY HAPPY FAMILY. THEIR FATHER DID NOT DRINK OR GAMBLE ANYMORE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS STORY AT AN EVENING OF FAMILY STORY TELLING I LUKOWA, POLAND.
HE LAUGHED QUITE A BIT WHEN DESCRIBING THE DEVIL AN THE EFFECT IT HAD ON THE GAMBLING FATHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; POLAND ; LUKOWA

James Callow Keyword(s): SOLDIER DISGUISED AS DEVIL REFORMS COMPULSIVE GAMBLER

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ordinary Tale
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Magic

Date learned: 00-00-1934

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POLISH PROVERB

IN THE OLD STOVE, THE DEVIL IS BURNING.
TRANSLATION OF
W STARYM PIECU DIABEL PALI. (POLISH)

Submitter comment: THE CONTEXT IS INTERESTING. IT IS GENERALLY APPLIED TO AN OLDER MAN
WHO SHOWS INTEREST IN A YOUNGER GIRL OR GIRLS.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): ASSONANCE ; OBSERVATION

James Callow Keyword(s): OLD AGE DOES NOT RULE OUT AMOROUS INCLINATIONS. ; SYMBOL: FIERY DEVIL FOR SEXUAL INTEREST

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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A DIABOLICAL POSSESSION

THERE WAS A GIRL WHO ENTERED A CONVENT SOMEWHERE
IN EUROPE. SHE SEEMED
TO ACT SO STRANGELY THAT THE EXTIRE COMMUNITY WONDERED. ONE
EVENING SHE WALKED UP THE WALL AND SLITHERED ACROSS THE CEILING LIKE
A SNAKE. ON THE FOLLOWING MORNING SHE WAS DISMISSED AND AS SHE LEFT
THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR SHE DECLARED THAT SHE HAD GIVEN HER SOUL TO
THE DEVIL.

Submitter comment: MY INFORMANT CLAIMS TO HAVE OBTAINED THIS INFORMATION FROM
ANOTHER SISTER WHO IN TURN CLAIMED TO HAVE SEEN THE INCIDENT
DESCRIBED ABOVE.

Where learned: SAINT JOSEPH CONVENT

Keyword(s): POSSESSION BY THE DEVIL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon

Date learned: 00-00-1962

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IT WAS ME, MY SISTER, MY 2 STEP BROTHERS
AND 2 GIRLS WHO WERE OUR FRIENDS.
WELL, IN THE MIDDLE OF SUMMER WHEN WE WERE PLAYING OUR WEEGIE
BOARD, WE STARTED PLAYING AND WE COULD FEEL COLD SPOTS AND I HAD
SEEN A MOVIE THAT SAID THE WEEGIE BOARD WAS THE DEVIL AND I DID
NOT WANT TO PLAY. IT SAID IT DIDN'T WANT TO PLAY MORE AND IT WAS
GETTING PISSED OFF. SO IT SPELLED OUT SLAM JEFF, AND JEFF GOT A
WEIRD FEELING AND CAT WENT WEIRD AND THE CONVERTER WENT OFF THE
TV AND AFTER THIS EVERYONE WAS WORRIED AND EVERYONE WANTED TO
STOP PLAYING AND IT STARTED GOING FAST AND WANTED TO LEAVE BECAUSE
THE DEVIL WAS COMING AND STARTED GOING REAL SLOW AND WE ASKED
WHO WAS THERE AND IT SAID SATAN AND ONE GIRL WANTED TO CONTINUE
AND SHE RAN OUT OF THE ROOM AND STOPPED AT THAT POINT AND WENT TO
BED. SHE FELT A BIG COLD SPOT BEHIND HER AND FELT LIKE SOMEONE
WAS BEHIND HER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CANTON

Keyword(s): DEVIL IN WEEGIE BOARD

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 05-00-1985 ; 11-18-1987

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May you be in Heaven fifteen minutes before the devil knows
you are dead.

Submitter comment: This is an Irish proverb that my grandfather always said.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Irish, devil

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00001940S

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IF THE SUN SHINES WHILE IT IS RAINING, THE DEVIL IS WHIPPING
HIS WIFE WITH A RIN PAN.

Where learned: ALABAMA, ASSUMED ; HUNTSVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): DEVIL BEATING HIS WIFE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 06-18-1972

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WHEN IT'S SUNNY AND RAINING AT THE SAME TIME, SATAN IS
BEATING HIS WIFE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): DEVIL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

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IF YOU SING AT THE TABLE, YOUR CHILDREN WILL HAVE HORNS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; DORM ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): SATAN DEVIL IMPS

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 04-02-1969

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