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PENTECOST SUNDAY

ON PENTECOST SUNDAY, "ZELENYJ SVIATA" (GREEN HOLIDAY), THE
UKRANIANS DECORATE THEIR HOUSES WITH GREEN TREE BRANCHES TO
SYMBOLIZE REBIRTH: OF NATURE (SPRING) AND SPIRITUAL THROUGH THE
HOLY GHOST.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): FERTILITY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Pentecost

Date learned: 10-00-1970

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SAYING

LAND'S SO RICH THAT WHEN YOU PLANT CORN, YOU HAVE TO JUMP BACK SO IT
WON'T HIT YOU IN THE EYE.

Submitter comment: I HEARD MY 5TH COUSIN SAY THIS ABOUT FIVE YEARS AGO. IT WAS IN THE
SAN JOAQUIN DELTAS OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. HE WAS DESCRIBING A
MUDFLAT THAT HE HAD LEASED.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; SAN JOAQUIN DELTA

Keyword(s): AGRICULTURE ; FERTILITY ; HYPERBOLE ; LAND

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

Date learned: 10-08-1968

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IF A GIRL CLIMBS A FRUIT BEARING TREE, THE TREE WILL NEVER
BEAR FRUITS AGAIN.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA ; GEORGETOWN

Keyword(s): Female ; FERTILITY ; FRUIT ; INFERTILITY ; NATURE ; SEXISM ; SUPERSTITION ; Tree

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF A PREGNANT WOMAN PLANTS A GARDEN, IT WILL PROSPER.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA ; GEORGETOWN

Keyword(s): FERTILITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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I'VE ALWAYS HEARD, SOME INDIANS BELIEVE THAT A NAKED SQUAW
WALKING IN THE MOONLIGHT, DRAGGING HER CLOTHES BEHIND HER,
WILL KEEP CUTWORMS FROM DESTROYING THE GARDEN VEGETABLES.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

James Callow Keyword(s): FERTILITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 08-11-1968

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IN INDIA, THEY WON'T PLANT CROPS EARLY IN THE SPRING OR
EVEN GO OUT MUCH OR WALK, BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT TO HURT
MOTHER EARTH WHEN SHE IS PREGNANT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): FECUNDITY FERTILITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 08-01-1968

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IT MEANS BAD LUCK FOR GERMAN HUNTERS TO GO OUT HUNTING IN THE
MORNING AND TO SEE AN OLD WOMAN.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): INFERTILITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.8

Date learned: 08-01-1968

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Belief: Animal

Belief About Snakes:

In many parts of Mexico and South America the snake serves as a symbol of fertility.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [B400] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; ETHNIC ; FERTILITY ; Mexican ; MEXICO ; REGIONAL ; Serpent ; SIGN ; Snake ; SOUTH AMERICA ; South American ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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