RE:SEARCH logo
University of Detroit Mercy Libraries / Instructional Design Studio
UDM HOME BLACKBOARD MY UDMERCY
RESEARCH HOME / FIND / SPECIAL COLLECTIONS / THE JAMES T. CALLOW FOLKLORE ARCHIVE /
James Callow Folklore Archive

Collection Home

About Dr. James T. Callow

Dr. James T. Callow publications

Collectors

Browse by

Subject heading

Keyword

Location

Questions or comments on this site? Please email davidsor@udmercy.edu.

The James T. Callow Folklore Archive

search for

Content filter is on

Your search for Desire returned 5 results.

showing 5 items

Once upon a time there lived an old man who lived near the
ocean. And every day he would go fishing to pass the time.
One day he caught a mermaid. She begged him to be let go and
in return he would be granted three wishes. He agreed, and
wished first for a new house with all of the conveniences of
life. Second he wished for a boat and thirdly, he wished to
be immortal. The third wish was impossible to grant. "Only
god can control such things," she said. But the old man
refunded against her word and forced the mermaid to grant his
third and final wish. So, in fear of being kept out of the
water for too long the mermaid attempted to grant his final
request. When his request was granted the old man immediately
felt a rush of pain all throughout his body and yelled in
agony. He finally collapsed and died, leaving his new house and
boat to whomever would stumble upon them. The moral of the
story is that you should never wish for too much; one day you
might get it.

Submitter comment: My father would tell me this story right before I would go to
bed. It was one of my favorites.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Greed, Desire

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- B428

Date learned: 00-00-1970

View just this record

PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

I WANT ____________ SO MUCH I CAN ALMOST TASTE IT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ECORSE

Keyword(s): FOOD DESIRE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

View just this record

WASTE NOT, WANT NOT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GARBAGE DESIRE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-00-1968

View just this record

Entry filtered.

Superstition: Pregnancy

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

Marks on the Body:

If a pregnant woman has any desires and touches herself, the baby will be marked on that spot.  

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P680, P870] crossed out. replaced with current classifications

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; WORK

Keyword(s): BABY ; BELIEF ; BIRTH ; CONCEPTION ; Desire ; MASTURBATION ; Offspring ; PREGNANCY ; SEX ; Sexuality ; SUPERSTITION ; Suppression ; TABU ; Unborn ; Woman

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
Filter - Mature Content

View just this record

Proverb

Where there is a will, there is a way.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Desire ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE ; Want ; Way ; Will

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

View just this record

showing 5 items

University of Detroit Mercy
4001 W. McNichols Detroit , MI , 48221-3038
This site is endorsed by the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) and supports the views, values, and mission of UDM. The University of Detroit Mercy web site provides links to other web sites, both public and private, for informational purposes. The inclusion of these links on UDM's site does not imply endorsement by the University. Please contact the Instructional Design Studio for any questions regarding this web site.