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WHEN A PERSON IN THAILAND IS CONFRONTED WITH A LOT
OF BAD LUCK, HE MAKES A DOLL IN THE IMAGE OF
HIMSELF, TELLS HIS PROBLEMS TO THE DOLL, CUTS OFF
THE DOLL'S HEAD, AND THROWS IT INTO THE RIVER.

Where learned: THAILAND

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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IF TWO PEOPLE, WALKING, APPROACH A POLE AND WALK ON
OPPOSITE SIDES OF IT, THE TWO PEOPLE WILL HAVE A
FIGHT OR ARGUMENT.

Submitter comment: SYLVIA COLLECTED THIS FROM HER SISTER, WHO IN TURN
LEARNED IT AT THE NURSES' LOUNGE AT BEAUMONT HOSPITAL
IN ROYAL OAK, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 09-23-1967

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IF YOU GET A PIECE OF BREAD WITH A HOLE IN IT, YOU'LL
GET A RING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ENGAGEMENT? ; HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: Observation
Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Use of Object Dress, buttons, jewelry

Date learned: 01-00-1970

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REVERSING A BABY'S SLEEP CYCLE

IF YOU WANT TO REVERSE A BABY'S SLEEP CYCLE YOU TURN IT HEAD OVER
HEELS AND THE SLEEP CYCLE WILL REVERSE.

Submitter comment: SAID HE DIDN'T REALLY BELIEVE IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MADISON HEIGHTS

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION POSITION ; HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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LUCK

NEVER BREAK FRENCH BREAD WITH YOUR HAND. ALWAYS CUT IT OR YOU WILL
CAUSE YOUR FATHER TO BREAK HIS BACK.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.21

Date learned: CA11001973

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DEATH

NEVER CUT BOTH ENDS OF A LOAF OF BREAD OR BOTH OF YOUR PARENTS WILL
DIE.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.21

Date learned: CA11001973

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DEATH

NEVER WALK WITH ONE SHOE ON AND ONE SHOE OFF OR YOUR
MOTHER OR FATHER WILL DIE.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.19

Date learned: CA11001973

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REMEMBERING

IF YOU FORGET SOMETHING TAKE THREE STEPS BACK TO REMEMBER.
HE WAS TOLD THIS BY HIS GRANDMOTHER WHEN HEWAS LITTLE.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION POSITION ; HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-00-1972

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PLANTING CUSTOM

IT IS A CUSTOM IN ITALY FOR GARDENERS WANTING TALL, LEAFY VEGETABLES
TO PLANT THEM AT NIGHT WHEN THE MOON IS FULL. IF WISHING ROOTED
VEGETABLES, YOU PLANT THEM AT HALF MOON.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM AN ITALIAN FRIEND WHO STILL CARRIES ON
THIS CUSTOM TODAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F476
BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 09-25-1972

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BIRTH

WHEN AN EXPECTANT MOTHER IS EXTREMELY FRIGHTENED BY SOMEONE DRESSED
IN A FRIGHTENING COSTUME, THE BABY WOULD BE BORN IN RESEMBLANCE OF
THE COSTUME.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER MOTHER AND DOES NOT HOLD IT TO BE
TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 09-25-1972

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TO CURE CHICKEN POX, AFTER DARK GO TO THE CHICKEN HOUSE, LAY DOWN
AND LET A BLACK HEN FLY OVER YOU.

Submitter comment: MRS. HAMPTON WAS TOLD THIS SEVERAL YEARS AGO BUT DID NOT BELIEVE
IT.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-11-1972

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NEW YEAR'S SAYING

IN IRELAND NEW YEAR'S SAYING "EAT PORK AND LIVE OFF THE FAT OF THE
LAND - EAT CHICKEN AND SCRATCH THE REST OF THE YEAR

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: 11-30-1972

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NEVER STEP OVER A BABY, IF YOU DO IT WILL NOT GROW, AT ALL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC

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

Date learned: 10-05-1972

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PLANT BEANS DURING THE FULL MOON, THAT WAY YOU WILL HAVE BEANS
THAT ARE FULL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F476
BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 11-02-1972

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NEW YEAR'S CUSTOM

GRANDMOTHER SAID WHEN NEW YEAR'S WOULD COME AROUND SHE HAD THE
TRADITIONAL BLACK-EYED PEAS AND COLLARD GREENS TO COMPLETE HER NEW
YEAR'S DINNER. GRANDMOTHER SAID THE TRADITIONAL DINNER REPRESENTED
GOOD FINANCIAL LUCK THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. THE BLACK-EYED PEAS
SYMBOLIZED COINS AND THE COLLARDS REPRESENTED GREENBACKS.

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INFORMANT
PRACTICED THIS CUSTOM SINCE THE EARLY YEARS OF HER MARRIAGE.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC MONEY ; SYMBOLS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 00001960S (MID)

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MARRIAGE CUSTOM

BRIDES SHOULD ALWAYS HIDE A PAIR OF SCISSORS ON THEMSELVES SO
THEY CAN "CUT" AWAY ANY EVIL THAT MAY BE WISHED UPON THEM

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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FRIENDSHIP

IF A PERSON IS GIVEN A CUTTING TOOL, HE MUST GIVE A COIN IN RETURN
SO THE TOOL WILL NOT CUT THEIR FRIENDSHIP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 02-28-1970

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LUCK

ON THE WAY TO A TRACK MEET, A RUNNER WOULD NOT GO
ACROSS A YELLOW LINE, SO IN THE MEET IT WOULD
CAUSE THE RUNNER TO LACK THE ABILITY TO PASS UP OPPOSING RUNNERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTAGEIOUS MAGIC? ; HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC?

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.6

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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BELIEF ABOUT A CROSS-EYED WOMAN

IF YOU MEET A CROSS-EYED WOMAN IN THE MORNING, THINGS WILL
GET CROSSED ALL DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTAGIOUS MAGIC ; HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 03-05-1971

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THINGS GROW WITH THE MOON

IF A PERSON CUTS THEIR HAIR WHEN THERE IS A FULL MOON, IT WILL
GROW WITH THE MOON. IF YOU CUT YOUR HAIR WHEN THERE IS
A FULL MOON, IT WILL GROW SLOWLY.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 03-24-1970

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