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KENTUCKY BEAR

THERE WAS A MOTHER AND FATHER IN KENTUCKY WHOSE THREE-YEAR-OLD
DAUGHTER CAME UP MISSING ONE DAY. SHE WAS SEARCHED FOR FOR FOUR DAYS
AND NOT FOUND. ON THE FOURTH DAY A MAN CAME TO HER HOUSE AND TOLD HER
PARENTS THAT HE WOULD SHOW THEM WHERE THEIR DAUGHTER WAS IF THEY
WOULD GIVE HIM A MEAL. THEY FED HIM AND AFTERWARD HE LED THEM INTO
THE WOODS. THE GIRL WAS FOUND NEAR A LOG WHERE A BEAR WAS BRINGING
HER FOOD. THE GIRL SAID THAT THE BEAR HAD BEEN TAKING CARE OF HER AND
FEEDING HER. NOT KNOWING ANY BETTER THE GIRL THOUGHT THE BEAR WAS A
DOG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): DAUGHTER ; MISTAKEN IDENITY (BEAR THOUGHT TO BE A DOG) ; TO GIVE IS TO RECEIVE--STRANGER GIVEN MEAL FOR SHOWING PLACE OF LOST

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: 11-20-1968

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AS SOON AS A PERSON IS DEAD, YOU SOULD STOP ALL THE CLOCKS IN THE
HOUSE AND COVER THEM; TURN OR COVER ALL MIRRORS; LIGHT A CANDLE
NEXT TO THE BED; PUT SOME BLESSED WATER AND A BRANCH OF "TAMARIN"
NEXT TO THE BODY; PUT A BUCKET OF WATER IN THE ROOM SO THAT THE
SOUL OF THE DEFUNCT COULD WASH ITSELF.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

Keyword(s): TAMARIN IS A VERY COMMON TREE IN GUADELOUPE. IT GIVES SOME FRUITS ; THAT ARE EITHER SWEET OR SOUR DEPENDING ON THE TREE.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1980

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WER DES PSENNIG NICHT EHRT IST DES TAHLERS NICHT MEHRT.

Where learned: RESIDENCE

Keyword(s): PENNY. ; {NO TRANSLATION GIVEN, BUT I SUSPECT "PSENNIG" IS "PFENNIG," OR

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

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Proverb

It is better to give than receive.

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My mother would always tell me this, especially during gift-giving holidays.

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Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Generosity ; GIFT ; Give ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Receive ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

To err is human, to forgive is divine.

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Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Divine ; Err ; Forgive ; Human ; Maxim ; Mistake ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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