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KING KAHMAI MAI

IN HAWAII, ON THE ISLAND OF PAUI, THERE IS AN UPSIDE DOWN WATERFALL,
AND THIS IS CAUSED BY THE TRADEWINDS, WHICH PUSH THE FALLING WATERS
UPWARD. THE LEGEND BEHIND THIS DEALS WITH KING KAHMAI MAI, WHO WAS
KING OF THE ISLAND MANY YEARS AGO. IT IS SAID THAT HE DROVE ALL THE
PAGANS OFF THE ISLAND, AND THOSE THAT DID NOT LEAVE WERE SACRIFICED
TO THE GODS BY BEING PUSHED OFF THIS WATERFALL. WHEN ALL OF THE
PAGANS HAD LEFT THE ISLAND, THE KING VOWED THAT NO OTHER MAN WOULD
BE ABLE TO DIE BY JUMPING OFF THIS WATERFALL. UP TO THIS DAY THERE
HAS BEEN NOBODY KILLED FROM JUMPING OFF THE WATERFALL BECAUSE OF THE
STRONG TRADEWINDS, AND THEY SAY THAT THE TRADEWIND IS ACTUALLY
KING KAHMAI MAI FULFILLING HIS PROMISE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; A&P FOOD STORE

Keyword(s): DEAD KING RETURNS AS WIND TO PREVENT SUICIDE FROM WATERFALL.

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Running water

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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POLISH JOKE

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE POLISH ATHLETE WHO WON A GOLD MEDAL AT THE
OLYMPICS SO HE WENT OUT AND HAD IT BRONZED?

James Callow comment:

IN EARLY 1980 THE PRICE OF GOLD WAS SKYROCKETING, REACHING ALL-TIME
HIGHS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): IT'S ALSO FALLEN, IN AN UNSTABLE MARKET.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 02-00-1980

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LEGEND OF THE MAIDEN OF THE MIST

THERE ONCE WERE THREE DRAGONS THAT LIVED UNDERNEATH NIAGRA FALLS. AT
THE TIME THE TUSCARERIES, A TRIBE OF INDIANS IN NORTHWEST NEW YORK
LIVED IN THE VICINITY. THE DRAGONS WOULD GET HUNGRY AND COME UP AT
NIGHT AND ATTACK AND EAT SOME OF THE BRAVES OF THE TRIBE. THE
TUSCARERIES, SEEING THEIR TRIBE DWINDLING, WANTED TO APPEASE THE
DRAGONS. SO TO SATISFY THE DRAGONS ( DRAGONS' ) APPETITE THEY WOULD
LOAD UP A CANOE OF GOOD FOODS AND SEND IT DOWN THE NIAGRA RIVER
TOWARD THE FALLS. THIS TOO FAILED TO SATISFY THE DRAGONS AND AGAIN
THEY ATTACKED THE TRIBE TO EAT BRAVES. AFTER REPEATED ATTEMPTS TO
KEEP THE DRAGONS HAPPY, THE CHIEF AND THE MEDICINE MAN DECIDED TO
SACRIFICE A MAIDEN TO THE DRAGONS IN HOPES OF STOPPING THESE ATTACKS.
SO THE INDIANS FORMED ALL THE MAIDENS OF THE TRIBE IN ONE CIRCLE AND
SHOT AN ARROW INTO THE AIR FROM THE CENTER OF THIS CIRCLE. WHOEVER
THE ARROW LANDED CLOSEST TO WOULD BE THE SACRIFICE. IT HAPPENED THAT
THE SACRIFICE TURNED OUT TO BE LELAWELLA, THE CHIEF'S DAUGHTER. THE
INDIANS SENT THE GIRL, STARK NAKED, WITH A BIG SUPPLY OF GOOD FOOD IN
A CANOE TOWARDS THE FALLS. (IT IS AT THIS POINT THAT THE SOURCE COULD
NOT REMEMBER ANY MORE DETAILS AND FINISHED WITH GENERALITIES) OVER
THE FALLS SHE WENT BUT SOME BRAVES RESCUED HER AND IN DOING SO SLEW
THE DRAGON. THEY WENT BACK TO THE VILLAGE AND HAD A BIG CELEBRATION,
THAT TODAY IS CELEBRATED IN NIAGRA FALLS, NEW YORK, AS THE FEAST OF
THE "MAIDEN OF THE MIST."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): LOCAL LEGEND ; NIAGARA FALLS ; SUPERNATURAL LEGEND

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Secular hero

Date learned: 11-05-1968

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It was believed that when an infant had a head cold, you would
mix vaseline and nutmeg together and place it in the mole {hole?}
of the infant's head, because it was soft and the head had not
closed completely. So the home remedy could work better and get
the baby well faster.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVER ROUGE

James Callow Keyword(s): fallen fontanel

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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MONEY DOESN'T CARE WHO HAS IT.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

James Callow Keyword(s): PATHETIC FALLACY ; PERSONIFICATION ; WEALTH

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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Superstition

Superstition:

That warts come from handling frogs

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P880.440] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AMPHIBIAN ; ANIMAL ; BELIEF ; CURE ; Fallacy ; FROG ; HEALTH ; ILLNESS ; MEDICINE ; SUPERSTITION ; Touching tabu ; Warts

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

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Belief: Animal

Agricultural Belief:

A Bull Frog croaks and freezes 3 times before winter.

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Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P870] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

Keyword(s): AGRICULTURE ; AMPHIBIAN ; ANIMAL ; BELIEF ; DEATH ; Fall ; Freeze ; FROG ; Frozen ; Rebirth ; SEASONS ; SUPERSTITION ; WINTER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

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Proverb

Unity:

United we stand, Divided we fall.

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Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V300] crossed out. Replaced wtih current classification.

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Keyword(s): Alone ; Divided ; Division ; Fall ; NUMBERS ; Stand ; STRENGTH ; Unity ; WAR

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Autograph Rhyme

Yours till Niagara Falls

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): AUTOGRAPH ; Landmark ; NIAGARA FALLS ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; Signature ; VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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IF A STAR FALLS FROM SKY, SOMEONE'S GOING TO DIE.

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Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): DEATH ; Die ; Fall ; Falling Star ; OMEN ; Portent ; Star

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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WHEN SOMETHING FALLS, STEP ON IT BEFORE PICKING IT UP
OR YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Bad ; BELIEF ; Falls ; Good ; LUCK ; Step ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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CIDER AND DONUTS

DURING THE FALL, WHEN APPLE CIDER IS PLENTIFUL, DONUTS
(USUALLY PLAIN) SHOULD BE EATEN WITH THIS DRINK.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Keyword(s): AUTUMN ; Cider ; Donuts ; Fall ; FOOD ; HARVEST

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

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IF A PERSON HAS ITCHY PALMS, HE IS GOING TO COME INTO MONEY.
THIS MEANS THE PALMS OF THE HANDS. THE PERSON WILL GET
MONEY WITHOUT HAVING TO WORK FOR IT, IT MAY BE A PRIZE
OR AN INHERITANCE OR MONEY THAT IS FOUND.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Hand ; Inherit ; INHERITANCE ; ITCH ; Itchy ; MONEY ; Palm ; PREDICTION ; SIGN ; Windfall

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet

Date learned: 00001976CA

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