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SPRING IS SPRUNG, THE GRASS IS RIZ,
AND THAT'S WHERE ALL DRUNK DRIVERS IS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRENTON

Keyword(s): GRAVEYARD

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

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CUSTOM

IN NAPLES, ITALY, THE PEOPLE CELEBRATE A HOLIDAY CALLED GRAVE YARD
DAY , WHICH OCCURS IN THE SPRING OF EVERY YEAR. ON THIS DAY THE
PEOPLE GO TO VISIT THE GRAVES OF DEAD RELATIVES.

Where learned: ITALY ; NAPLES

James Callow Keyword(s): GRAVEYARD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting

Date learned: 11-04-1968

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SOME "FOSSOYEUR", IN ORDER TO MAKE SOME MONEY, SELL DIRT FROM
CEMETERIES, WATER FROM TOMBS, AND ALSO SKULLS TO "QUIMBOISEURS".
THE "QUIMBOISEURS" USED TO PAY IN A CERTAIN WAY SO THAT THEY DO
NOT GET BAD LUCK OR MISFORTUNE. FOR INSTANCE, THE DIRT AND THE
WATER WERE SOLD IN GLASS CONTAINERS, AND THEY PAY FOR THEM WITH
WHITE ROCKS OR SILVER JEWELRY, AND ON THE OTHER HAND, THE SKULL
WAS PAID FOR WITH GOLD.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

Keyword(s): "FOSSOYEURS" ARE GRAVEDIGGERS ; "QUIMBOISEURS" ARE PEOPLE THAT ; PRACTICE WITCHCRAFT AND ALSO WHITE MAGIC.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Curer

Date learned: 00-00-1973

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Belief

When driving past a cemetery place on efinger on the roof of the car and put another finger on your mouth and say "shhhh". This is so you will not wake up the dead.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AUTOMOBILE ; BELIEF ; CEMETERY ; GESTURE ; GRAVEYARD ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Gesture

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Ethnic: Irish

Some more: when these men arrived they would not work either - it seems the air strip went over a large mound and this is Ireland is recognized as a grave yard for the "Little People" and to disturb it is unheard of. So to this day the strip is still uncompleted.  [sic]

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James Callow comment:

Card was located in a pile marked with [?].

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): Airport ; Airstrip ; BELIEF ; BURIAL ; ETHNIC ; GRAVEYARD ; IRELAND ; Irish ; Legend ; Little People ; Mound ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

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Ethnic Joke: Hollander

Hollander Joke:

When the Hollanders bury their dead, they bury them standing up with the top half sticking out of the grave. These are used as the tombstones.

Submitter comment:

This joke was told to me by a boy from Flanders.

Hollander jokes are typical in Belgium.

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Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Written in the bottom left of the card: Does this imply that the Hollanders are cheap? A response in different handwriting (probably the collector's): YES!!

Where learned: BELGIUM

Keyword(s): BURIAL ; DEATH ; ETHNIC ; Funeral ; GRAVEYARD ; Headstones ; Holland ; Hollander ; Offensive ; Tasteless

James Callow Keyword(s): Hollander

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery

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IF A PREGNANT WOMAN LOOKS INTO A GRAVE, HER BABY WILL
ALWAYS BE HUNGRY.

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Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BABY ; BELIEF ; FOOD ; Grave ; HUNGER ; MOTHER ; PREGNANCY ; TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 01-23-1973

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IT IS A COMMON BELIEF AMONG GRAVEDIGGERS (OR WAS) THAT
A DEAD MAN'S "REST" WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE QUALITY OF
THE EARTH IN WHICH HE IS BURIED--THAT IF IT IS SOFT AND
CLAYLIKE, HE WILL NOT BE DISTURBED, BUT IF IT IS HARD
AND STONY, HIS GHOST WILL BE RESTLESS.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): AFTERLIFE ; BELIEF ; Clay ; GHOST ; GHOSTS ; Grave ; Gravedigger ; Haunt ; Peace ; QUALITY ; Rock ; Soil

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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WHENEVER A GROUP OF CATS GATHER IN A GRAVEYARD ON THE
NIGHT OF THE NEW MOON, THEY ARE INHABITED FOR THAT NIGHT
BY THE SPIRITS OF THE DEAD. THEY WILL CONVERSE (LOUDLY)
ALL NIGHT LONG, BUT IN THE MORNING THEY WILL BE "ONLY"
CATS AGAIN.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MCKENZIE

Keyword(s): Cats ; Dead ; GHOST ; GRAVEYARD ; Inhabit ; MOON ; New Moon ; SPIRIT ; Tale

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 10-14-1973

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WHENEVER WALKING PAST A GRAVEYARD, SPIT THREE TIMES
THROUGH THE GATE OR THERE WILL BE A DEATH IN THE FAMILY
WITHIN A MONTH.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MCKENZIE

Keyword(s): DEATH ; FAMILY ; GRAVEYARD ; SPIT ; SUPERSTITION ; THREE

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Conversions

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TEA MADE FROM THE ROOTS OF A TREE WHICH GROWS IN A
GRAVEYARD WILL CURE A FEVER.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MCKENZIE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; CURE ; Fever ; GRAVEYARD ; REMEDY ; Roots ; TEA ; Tree

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 12-01-1973

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JUST PLANT A WATERMELON ON MY GRAVE
AND LET THE JUICE SLIP THROUGH.
JUST PLANT A WATERMELON ON MY GRAVE
THAT'S ALL I ASK OF YOU!

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Where learned: OHIO ; TROTWOOD

Keyword(s): CHILDREN ; Children's Song ; Grave ; Juice ; RHYME ; Watermelon

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

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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YOU MUST WHEN RIDING IN A CAR, HOLD YOUR BREATH WHILE
PASSING A CEMETERY, OTHERWISE YOU WILL BE HAUNTED BY
THE DEAD.

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Where learned: OHIO ; TROTWOOD

Keyword(s): BREATH ; CEMETERY ; GRAVEYARD ; HAUNTED ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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SIGNS OF GHOSTS

LIGHTS MOVING IN GRAVEYARDS ARE GHOSTS FOR SURE.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GHOST ; GRAVEYARD ; MYSTERIOUS LIGHTS ; SPIRIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 09-25-1969

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MAGIC OF SPEECH

TO KEEP SPOOKS AWAY WHEN WALKING PAST A CEMETERY, YOU MUST
WHISTLE.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT LIVES NEXT TO A CEMETERY, AND DID THIS WHEN I WAS WITH
HER.

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James Callow comment:

WHISTLING WILL SUMMON A GHOST--F. M. PAULSEN

Where learned: NEW YORK ; FRANKLIN

Keyword(s): CEMETERY ; GHOST ; GRAVEYARD ; Haunt ; Haunt ; Spook ; SUPERSTITION ; Whistle

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 07-00-1967

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FRESH GRAVES

NEVER STEAL FLOWERS OFF A FRESH GRAVE AS THE SPIRIT WILL RETURN
AND TAKE THEM BACK.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BURIAL ; FLOWERS ; GHOST ; Grave ; Haunt ; Steal

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 02-15-1970

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SUPERSTITION

WHEN GOING BY A CEMETERY, YOU SHOULD PUT YOUR HANDS
ON THE TOP OF THE CAR, OR YOU WILL NEVER MARRY.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Car ; CEMETERY ; Grave ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; POSITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Marriage Dating Courtship
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 03-26-1971

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JEWISH NARRATIVE: CEMETERY

FOUR MEN WERE BOASTING ABOUT THEIR BRAVERY. THEY FINALLY DECIDED
THAT A FAIR TEST WOULD BE A SOLO TRIP THROUGH THE CEMETERY. TO
PROVE THAT THEY HAD TRAVERSED THE ENTIRE ROUTE THEY WERE TO POUND
STAKES INTO THE GROUND PERIODICALLY. THREE OF THE MEN ENTERED THE
CEMETERY AND MET ON THE OTHER SIDE PROUND OF THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENT.
THE FOURTH NEVER RETURNED.
THE NEXT DAY THE THREE WENT IN SEARCH OF HIM AND FOUND HIM DEAD OF
A HEART ATTACK. HE HAD POUNDED A STAKE INTO THE GROUND AND HAD
INADVERTANTLY PINNED THE TAIL OF HIS COAT TO THE GROUND.
APPARENTLY AS HE GOT UP TO COMPLETE HIS JOURNEY, HE WAS
IMMOBILIZED FROM BEHIND BY THE STAKE AND HE SUFFERED A HEART
ATTACK FROM HIS PANIC.

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMANT RELATED THIS STORY AS ONE THAT EVERY JEWISH BOY
LEARNS ABOUT FALSE BRAVERY AND RESPECT FOR THE DEAD.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; BRAVERY ; Fable ; FEAR ; GRAVEYARD ; Jewish ; RESPECT ; Tale

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 02-24-1967

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WHEN DRIVING PAST A GRAVEYARD, CROSS YOUR FINGERS AND PUT
THEM ON THE CEILING, CROSS YOUR FEET AND LIFT THEM UP.
THIS GIVES YOU A HAPPY DEATH, GOOD LUCK IN LIFE, AND
PREVENTS SPIRITS FROM HAUNTING YOU.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Ceiling ; Cross ; Crossing ; CUSTOM ; DEATH ; FEET ; Finger ; Fingers ; GESTURE ; GRAVEYARD ; Haunt ; LUCK ; SPIRIT ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: Favorites
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Cemetery
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.22

Date learned: 09-00-1969

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