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AUTOGRAPH (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

REMEMBER THE BOY OF EYES OF GRAY
WHO KISSED YOU ONCE AND TURNED AWAY.
REMEMBER THE BOY OF EYES OF BROWN
WHO KISSED YOU ONCE AND TURNED YOU DOWN.
BUT REMEMBER THE BOY OF EYES OF BLUE
WHO KISSED YOU ONCE AND ASKED FOR TWO.

Submitter comment: FROM HER AUTOGRAPH BOOK 1963.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHAIN ; COUPLETS ; INITIAL ITERATION ; REPETITION EYE COLOR ; RHYME: AABBCC

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Remember me

Date learned: 01-00-1963

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

AMONG THE BLIND, THE ONE-EYED MAN IS KING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): EYESIGHT ; OBSERVATION ; RELATIVITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON

DRUNK AS AN OWL.

Submitter comment: PICKED UP BY THE INFORMANT FROM SOUTHERN KENTUCKY FRIENDS.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): BIRD

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; WIDE-EYED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-21-1969

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WHEN YOU HAVE A BABY (IT COULD BE
ANYONE BUT BABIES ARE MOST SUSCEPTIBLE) AND
IF THAT BABY IS PRAISED ON HOW GOOD LOOKING
HE IS, AND THEN YOU COME HOME AND THE BABY
IS JUST SCREAMING FROM PAIN, THIS CAN
BE USED TO PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING AGAIN.
PLACE A FEW GRAINS OF SALT IN A CLOTH
AND PIN THIS TO THE BABY'S UNDERSHIRT
THIS WILL INSURE A HAPPY BABY.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): EVIL EYE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-16-1969

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IF A PERSON THINKS THAT HE HAS BEEN STARING OR
PRAISING A CHILD TOO MUCH AND IS AFRAID OF
SOMETHING HAPPENING TO THE CHILD
BECAUSE OF THIS HE SHOULD CLENCH HIS FISTS
SO THAT HIS NAILS DIG INTO HIS FLESH AND THEN
LOOK AT HIS FISTS FOR SOME TIME
WHILE DOING THIS. THIS WILL TAKE WHATEVER EVIL
THERE IS OFF THE CHILD.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): EVIL EYE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 11-16-1969

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IF A BABY IS PRAISED ON HOW GOOD
LOOKING HE IS AND THEN THE BABY, WHEN HOME
SCREAMS FROM PAIN, MY GRANDFATHER USED
THIS TO RID THE CHILD OF THE PAIN.
HE WOULD PLACE THE CHILD ON THE FLOOR AND THEN
GRANDFATHER WOULD PLACE SOME OF HIS OWN SPIT
ON THE CHILD'S FOREHEAD AND CHEST.
THEN HE WOULD JUMP OVER THE CHILD AND SPIT EACH TIME
HE JUMPED. (THERE WAS A CERTAIN PATTERN TO THIS
JUMPING BUT NO ONE SEEMS TO KNOW JUST
WHAT IT WAS). 10 TO 15 MINUTES AFTER
THIS WAS DONE THE CHILD WAS HIMSELF AGAIN.
ONLY THE FIRST BORN OF THE FAMILY COULD
PERFORM THIS ACT AND MAKE IT WORK.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): EVIL EYE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 11-16-1969

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CARRYING SALT

CARRY SALT WITH A NEW BABY TO WARD OFF
EVIL SPIRITS WHICH MIGHT HARM HIM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): EVIL EYE

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
Favorites
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 02-07-1970

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BEWARE OF BOYS WHOSE EYES ARE BLUE,
THEY'LL KISS YOU ONCE AND ASK FOR TWO.
BEWARE OF BOYS WITH EYES OF GREEN,
THEY'LL KISS YOU ONCE AND NEVER BE SEEN.
BEWARE OF BOYS WITH EYES OF BLACK,
THEY'LL KISS YOU ONCE AND NEVER COME BACK.
YOU WILL KNOW ALL KINDS OF JOYS,
IF YOU WILL ONLY BEWARE OF BOYS.

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

Keyword(s): ADVICE ; COLOR OF EYES AS BASIS OF PERSONALITY TRAITS ; COUPLETS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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AUTOGRAPH (COLLECTOR'S TITLE) ; REMEMBER ME (CLASSIFIER'S TITLE)

REMEMBER THE BOY OF EYES OF GRAY
WHO KISSED YOU ONCE AND TURNED AWAY.
REMEMBER THE BOY OF EYES OF BROWN
WHO KISSED YOU ONCE AND TURNED YOU DOWN.
BUT REMEMBER THE BOY OF EYES OF BLUE
WHO KISSED YOU ONCE AND ASKED FOR TWO.

Submitter comment: FROM HER AUTOGRAPH BOOK 1963.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHAIN ; COUPLETS ; INITIAL ITERATION ; REPETITION EYE COLOR ; RHYME: AABBCC

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Remember me

Date learned: 01-00-1963

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GHOST STORY

"A LITTLE BOY GOT KILLED BY A TRAIN WHEN HE WAS PLAYING
ON SOME RAILROAD TRACKS. HE HAD BEEN TOLD NOT TO PLAY
ON THE TRACKS. THE TRAIN HIT HIM REAL HARD AND PULLED HIM
FOR A REAL LONG WAY. THE TRAIN CUT HIS BODY UP INTO
HUNDREDS OF PIECES. HIS MOM AND DAD WENT UP AND DOWN THE
TRACKS PICKING UP HIS BODY PARTS. IF YOU LISTEN AT NIGHT
AT THE TIME THE BOY WAS KILLED, YOU CAN HEAR HIM CALLING
TO HIS MOM AND DAD. HE SAYS,'MOMMY, HERE'S A PIECE OF ME.
AND HERE'S ANOTHER PIECE OF ME.'"

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SHAMOKIN

Keyword(s): DISOBEYED PARENTS

James Callow Keyword(s): DISMEMBERMENT BY MISFORTUNATE ACCIDENT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 00001934CA

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IF YOU SEE A CROSSED EYED PERSON ON ANY
FRIDAY OF THE MONTH NEVER LOOK HIM IN THE
EYES. IF YOU TAKE THE CHANCE AND LOOK HIM

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; BATON ROUGE

James Callow Keyword(s): CROSS-EYED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1985

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SEVEN UP

THIS GAME IS OFTEN PLAYED IN A CLASSROOM. SEVEN
PLAYERS ARE CHOSEN "IT," ANOTHER PLAYER IS
CAPTAIN. THE CAPTAIN REQUESTS ALL THE REMAINING
PLAYERS TO PUT THEIR HEADS DOWN AND COVER THEIR
EYES. THE SEVEN "IT" PLAYERS QUIETLY WALK AROUND
AND EACH TAPS ONE PERSON ON THE HEAD. THE CAPTAIN
REQUESTS "HEADS UP" WHEN "IT" PLAYERS RETURN TO
THEIR PLACES. ALL TAPPED PLAYERS STAND AND TRY TO
GUESS, IN ONE CHANCE, WHO TAPPED THEM. IF THEY
GUESS CORRECTLY, THEY GET TO TAKE THAT PERSON'S
PLACE; IF INCORRECT, THEY SIT DOWN AND THE PLAY
CONTINUES AS BEFORE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

James Callow Keyword(s): HANDICAP: COVERING EYES

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Guessing

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SYRIAN TALE

PRETTY GIRL GOES TO THE WELL AND IS STARED AT BY AN OLD WOMAN.
UPON RETURNING HOME SHE BECOMES ILL AND DIES.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD TO HER BY HER AUNT OF SYRIAN DESCENT. IT WAS A BELIEF OF HER PEOPLE
THAT CERTAIN PEOPLE ARE BEWITCHED OR DOOMED TO DIE. EVIL EYE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): EVIL EYE ; THOMAS WRIGHT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Magic

Date learned: 08-11-1964

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SYRIAN TALE

PRETTY GIRL GOES TO THE WELL AND IS STARED AT BY AN OLD WOMAN.
UPON RETURNING HOME SHE BECOMES ILL AND DIES.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD TO HER BY HER AUNT OF SYRIAN DESCENT. IT WAS A BELIEF OF HER PEOPLE
THAT CERTAIN PEOPLE ARE BEWITCHED OR DOOMED TO DIE. EVIL EYE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): EVIL EYE ; THOMAS WRIGHT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Magic

Date learned: 08-11-1964

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NEVER COMPLIMENT A CHILD ON HIS LOOKS--THE FATES MIGHT
BECOME JEALOUS OF IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): EVIL EYE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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IN ORDER TO WARD OFF EVIL, ONE SHOULD POINT HIS INDEX
AND LITTLE FINGERS AT SOMETHING. (THE OTHER FINGERS
SHOULD BE CLOSED).

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CUSTOM ; EVIL ; EVIL EYE ; Eye ; Fingers ; GESTURE ; Prevent ; SUPERSTITION ; Ward

James Callow Keyword(s): HORNS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.12

Date learned: 02-14-1968

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Belief: Animal

Catty Belief:

Blue eyed cats are deaf

(They are usually green eyed)

Submitter comment:

The date 11/7/69 is written in tiny numbers on the bottom left hand of the card.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P500] crossed out. Replaced with Current Classification

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; BLIND ; BLINDNESS ; Blue ; CAT ; COLOR ; Eye ; eye color ; Green

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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Ethnic:Polish Superstition

Curing a Spell:

To cure a spell, especially the evil eye, cast on a small child, you remove all the clothes, and dress the baby again with all the clothes inside out. This is a Polish belief.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): CHILD ; CLOTHING ; CURE ; CURSE ; ETHNIC ; EVIL EYE ; Fashion ; MAGIC ; POLAND ; POLISH ; REMEDY ; Removal

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

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Ethnic: Isreali Superstition

The Druse, a tribe in Isreal, protect their babies from the Evil Eye by painting a circle around each eye of the child with a dye called Kehl.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): BABY ; CHILD ; CURE ; CURSE ; Druse ; Dye ; ETHNIC ; EVIL EYE ; Israel ; Israeli ; Kehl ; Protection ; REMEDY ; SUPERSTITION ; Tribe

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

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Superstition: Pregnancy

To Spit on a New-Born Baby:

Whenever a woman looks at another's new-born baby, they must have a little saliva fall on the child. If not, the evil-eye is cast upon the baby.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Written in the bottom left hand corner of the card: [IA25 Mark again for S600 + S644]

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BABY ; CHILD ; CURE ; CURSE ; EVIL EYE ; Newborn ; PREVENTION ; REMEDY ; Saliva

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
SPEECH -- Gesture
SPEECH -- Shame

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