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BELIEF

IF A HARE PASSES IN FRONT OF A PREGNANT WOMAN, HER CHILD WILL BE BORN
WITH A HARELIP, UNLESS SHE TEARS HER SLIP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

James Callow Keyword(s): IMITATIVE MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 01-22-1970

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FOR IMPURITY OF THE BLOOD OR ANEMIA, EAT RED BEETS.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDMOTHER ALWAYS TOLD ME THIS, ESPECIALLY WHEN I HAD
ANEMIA (SHE ALSO MADE ME EAT THE RED BEETS.).

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC-IMITATIVE MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

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PUT A SHARP OBJECT (KNIFE OR SCISSORS) UNDER YOUR BED TO CURE
ARTHRITIS.

Where learned: LETTER

Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC-IMITATIVE MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-20-1969

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BLEED

IF YOU PULL YOUR TEETH ON THE WASTE OF THE MOON
YOU'LL BLEED TO DEATH.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER BELIEVED IN THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC-IMITATIVE MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 01-17-1972

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TO BUILD UP YOUR BLOOD THIS MIXTURE SHOULD BE TAKEN DAILY:
A RAW EGG YOLK MIXED WITH A SHOT OF WINE.
THIS WILL INSURE GOOD HEALTH.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): BLOOD ; HOMEOPATHIC-IMITATIVE MAGIC ; PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE

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

Date learned: 11-16-1969

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REMEDY

PUT A SILVER KNIFE OVER A BUMP ON THE HEAD
TO TAKE AWAY THE PAIN.

Data entry tech comment: THIS SECTION OF THE ARCHIVE CONTAINS A SIMILAR CURE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): IMITATIVE MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-23-1967

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CHILL REMEDY

TO CURE ONE FROM CHILLS:
TAKE A STRING AND TIE AS MANY KNOTS IN THE STRING AS YOU HAVE CHILLS.
THEN SOAK STRING IN TURPENTINE AND WEAR STRING AROUND YOUR WAIST.
WHEN YOU LOSE THE STRING THE CHILLS WILL HAVE LONG AGO STOPPED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): IMITATIVE MAGIC

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 01-00-1971

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BELIEF-MEDICINE

IF A LEAF IS HEART-SHAPED, IT WILL MAKE A GOOD TEA FOR THE HEART.

Submitter comment: HEARD IN YOUTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HEART ; HOMEOPATHIC-IMITATIVE MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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PLANT CURE FOR RHEUMATISM

IN ORDER TO CURE RHEUMATISM, SOME PEOPLE
WILL CARRY A HALF OF A POTATO AROUND IN THEIR POCKET.
WHEN THE POTATO TURNS BLACK, IT'S A SIGN
THAT IT HAS DRAWN OUT ALL THE POISON.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT WAS TOLD OF THIS CURE BY A FRIEND
IN HAMTRAMCK WHO ABSOLUTELY SWEARS BY IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): IMITATIVE MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 02-18-1970

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CURING RHEUMATISM

A SWISS METHOD OF CURING RHEUMATISM IS TO TAKE THE FUR
OF A MARMOT AND PLACE IT OVER THE AREA IN PAIN.
THIS WILL CAUSE THE PAIN TO GO AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Keyword(s): ANIMAL CURE ; IMITATIVE MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 10-28-1970

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NEW MOON BELIEF

GRANDMOTHER AND HER SISTERS HAD THEIR HAIR TRIMMED AT THE NEW MOON.
IN THIS WAS IT WOULD GROW WITH THE NEW MOON
AND WOULD GROW FASTER TOO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HAIR CUTTING ; HAIR GROWTH ; IMITATIVE MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak

Date learned: 03-31-1971

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MAGIC MOUSTACHE FORMULA

IF YOU WANT YOUR MOUSTACHE TO GROW
SPRINKLE SALT ON YOUR UPPER LIP
AND SET A GLASS OF WATER NEXT TO THE BED
BEFORE GOING TO SLEEP AT NIGHT.
THE SALT WILL REACH OUT FOR THE WATER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): IMITATIVE MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 09-16-1969

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EARACHE

IF YOU HAVE AN EARACHE, FIND SOMEONE WHO SMOKES A CIGAR, AND HAVE HIM
BLOW THE SMOKE IN YOUR EAR. THE SMOKE WILL GO IN ONE EAR AND THE
INFECTION WILL BE BLOWN OUT THROUGH THE OTHER EAR.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): IMITATIVE MAGIC ; TOBACCO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 02-26-1972

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Superstition: Pregnancy

IF A HARE PASSES IN FRONT OF A PREGNANT WOMAN, HER CHILD WILL BE BORN
WITH A HARELIP UNLESS SHE MAKES A TEAR IN HER SLIP.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added and information updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; informant's home

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; BELIEF ; CURSE ; Deformity ; Hare ; Offspring ; PREGNANCY ; Rabbit ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): IMITATIVE MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 01-22-1970

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EAT A LOT OF STARCH, FOR A WOMAN TO HARDEN HER WOMB.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; CHILDBEARING ; FOOD ; Homeopathy ; MAGIC ; REMEDY ; STARCH ; Womb

James Callow Keyword(s): IMITATIVE MAGIC

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

Date learned: 09-00-1968

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NEW MOON BELIEF

GRANDMOTHER AND HER SISTERS HAD THEIR HAIR TRIMMED AT NEW
MOON. IN THIS WAY, IT WOULD GROW WITH THE NEW MOON AND WOULD GROW
FASTER, TOO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT COLLECTOR'S HOME

Keyword(s): HAIR CUTTING ; HAIR GROWTH ; IMITATIVE MAGIC

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 03-31-1971

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