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LEGEND

IN THE FIJI ISLANDS THE WOMEN OF THE HOUSEHOLDS CATCH FISH
IN THEIR MOUTHS DURING THE PLENTIFUL SEASON. BEFORE THEY GO OUT TO
THE WATER, THEY GREASE THEIR FACES UP SO THEY
WON'T DISTRACT THE FISH.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): FISHING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Fish

Date learned: 03-09-1972

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FISHING FLEETS

IN VALENCIA, SPAIN, WHEN THE SHIPS ARE GOING OUT TO SEA ON THEIR
FISHING VOYAGES, THERE IS A TOWN CEREMONY WHERE THE PRIESTS OF THE
TOWN BLESS THE FLEETS JUST BEFORE DEPARTURE. THIS IS ALSO THE
TIME THAT THE WIVES AND SWEETHEARTS SEE THEIR MEN OFF, PERHAPS
FOR THE LAST TIME.

Where learned: MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FISHING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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THAI CHILDREN'S RECREATION

"ONE OF THE THINGS WE USED TO DO WAS GO TO THE FOREST AND FIND A
LONG STRAND OF SPIDER WEB. WE WOULD THEN STICK AN ANT TO THE END
OF THE WEB AND DROP IT INTO THE RIVER. WHEN WE FELT A TUG ON THE
END WE WOULD LIFT A TINY NEEDLE FISH OUT OF THE WATER. THE TINY
FISH WOULD SWALLOW THE ANT AND GET CAUGHT ON THE WEB."

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

James Callow Keyword(s): THAI FISHING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 02-00-1984

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FISHY FISHY IN THE BROOK
COME AND BITE MY LITTLE HOOK
DAD WILL CATCH YOU
IF HE CAN
MOM WILL FRY YOU
IN A PAN

Submitter comment: INFORMANT FIRST HEARD THIS FROM HER PARENTS WHILE ON
VACATION IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN. THEY WOULD SING IT WHEN
THEY WENT FISHING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HOUGHTON LAKE

Keyword(s): FISHING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest

Date learned: 00001930S

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Belief: Weather

Weather Proverb:

If the wind is from the East, the fishing is the least;

But if the wind is from the West, the fishing is the best.

Submitter comment:

My mother heard this proverb from my father, who likes fishing.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; Connor St ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): Air ; DIRECTION ; East ; FISHING ; PREDICTION ; RHYME ; WEATHER ; West ; Wind

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

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SOME OLD FISHERMEN OF WESTERN MICHIGAN STILL BELIEVE
THAT IF THEIR LUCK IS BAD, THAT THEY CAN SPIT ON THE
WORM, THEN PUT IT ON THE HOOK, AND GOOD LUCK WILL
FOLLOW THEIR DAY'S FISHING.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Bait ; BEHAVIOR ; BELIEF ; CATCH ; FISH ; Fisherman ; FISHING ; GESTURE ; HOOK ; LUCK ; SPIT ; SUPERSTITION ; Worm

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22

Date learned: 09-10-1969

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