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EPIPHANY CAKE

EACH YEAR ON EPIPHANY OUR FAMILY BAKES A CAKE WITH A RING INSIDE IT.
WHOEVER GETS THE RING IS SUPPOSED TO HAVE GOOD LUCK THROUGHOUT
NEW YEAR. WE HAVE BEEN DOING THIS CUSTOM IN MY FAMILY ON AND OFF
SINCE I WAS IN THE THIRD GRADE. I THINK ORIGINALLY IT MAY HAVE BEEN
A GERMAN CUSTOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): LUCKY FIND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 6 Twelfth Day Epiphany
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.4

Date learned: CA 00001965

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THE WERWOLF OF KOTTERN

ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS A VERY POOR MAN WHO HAD TWELVE CHILDERN.
HE LIVED IN THE TOWN OF KOTTERN. HE WAS SO POOR THAT HE COULDN,T
AFFORD TO BUY THE WOOD FOR HIS HOME. SO, HE STOLE THE WOOD AND WAS
CAUGHT IN THE ACT. OUT OF FEAR OF SEVERE BODILY PUNISHMENT, HE FLED
TO THE WOODS TO HANG HIMSELF.
SUDDENLY A STRANGER APPEARED AND ASKED THE MAN WHAT HIS TROUBLE WAS.
THE STRANGER LAUGHED AND TOLD THE POOR MAN THERE WAS AN ESAY WAY
TO ESCAPE FROM JUSTICE. ALL HE HAD TO DO WAS BECOME A WOLF.
HE COULD DO THIS BY CONCENTRATING ON THE DEVIL AND COMPLETING
IGNORING GOD. WHEN THE POLICE ARRESTED THE THIEF, HE WOULD
CONCENTRATE ON THE DEVIL AND WOULD IMMEDIATELY CHANGE INTO A WOLF.
THE POLICE WOULD RUN AWAY. THE MAN BEGAN TO ENJOY THE POWER TO
CHANGE INTO A WOLF WHENEVER HE FELT LIKE SCARING SOMEONE. BUT EVERY
NOW AND THEN HIS CHILDREN NOTICED THAT THEIR FATHER SMELLED FROM
BLOOD.
ONE DAY IN BROAD DAY LIGHT, THE MAN GOT THE URGE TO TURN INTO A WOLF
AND HE COULDN,T CONTROL HIMSELF. THE CHILDREN THEN KNEW THEIR FATHER
WAS A WERWOLF.
THAT VERY DAY THE FATHER DISAPPEARED AND HIS FAMILY BECAME
EVEN POORER.

Data entry tech comment: THE KEYPUNCHER HAS CORRECTED THE COLLECTOR,S SPELLING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): PUNISHMENT ONLY TO FIND PUNISHMENT. ; TRANSFORMATION: MAN TRANSFORMED FROM MAN TO WOLF TO SAVE SELF FROM

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Werewolf Vampire

Date learned: 10-10-1968

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Proverb

An Old Saying:

Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers.

Submitter comment:

It is not certain just when, or from whom my grandmother first heard this little saying; although, since it seems to be a typically American little adage, I'm quite certain that she did not hear it before she came to this country in 1910.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

The contribution stamp date has been changed from [January 1964] to [May 1965].

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): Common Law ; Cry ; Discover ; Find ; Lose ; Loss ; LOST ; Ownership ; Weep

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Finders Keepers, Losers weepers.

Submitter comment:

Heard this in grade school

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

KW: EZX

Keyword(s): Common Law ; Cry ; Find ; Keep ; Lose ; Loser ; Loss ; Ownership ; Weer

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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TO RECOVER A LOST OBJECT, PRAY TO ST. ANTHONY AT NIGHT JUST
BEFORE SLEEP.

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Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Find ; Found ; LOST ; Object ; Pray ; PRAYER ; Recover ; Saint ; Saint Anthony ; SLEEP

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Prayer

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