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CURSE TO KEEP PEOPLE AWAKE

FIRST WRITE A LETTER TO A DEAD PERSON TELLING HIM ABOUT THIS PERSON
YOU WANT TO KEEP AWAKE AT NIGHT TO THINK ABOUT HIS WRONG DOINGS. YOU
THEN SEAL THE LETTER AND PLACE IT UNDER YOUR BED. YOU ALSO PUT A
GLASS OF WATER ON TOP OF THE LETTER. WHEN THE WATER EVAPORATES THE
SPELL IS WORKING.

Submitter comment: THIS CURSE WAS USED ON A MALE FRIEND OF THE INFORMANT AND IT WAS
SUCCESSFUL. IT WAS USED IN FLORIDA.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; FLORIDA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): INSOMNIA ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping
BELIEF -- Curse
SPEECH -- To Be Seen

Date learned: CA11001973

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SLEEP REMEDY

DRINK WARM WINE IF YOU CAN'T SLEEP.

Submitter comment: RELATIVES TOLD HER THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): INSOMNIA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 03-00-1965

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CARE OF SLEEPLESS CHILD

FOR THE BABY WHO HAS "NIGHT TURNED INTO DAY" (STAYS AWAKE ALL NIGHT
AND SLEEPS ALL DAY) - TURN THE BABY END OVER END (SOMERSAULT STYLE)
SEVEN TIMES. THIS IS SUPPOSED TO END THEIR CONFUSION.

Submitter comment: ORIGIN: MRS. MARY JANE SMELSER, MOTHER-IN-LAW, LONDON, ENGLAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC ; INSOMNIA

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 07-27-1964

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REMEDY

IF YOUR BABY HAS TROUBLE SLEEPING, YOU CAN TAKE THE CORE OF A CABBAGE
AND CUT IT IN HALF. PUT IT IN A PAN AND BOIL IT FOR A WHILE. WHEN
THE WATER IN THE PAN IS SLIGHTLY GREEN, STRAIN IT, AND LET IT COOL
OFF. THEN GIVE IT TO THE BABY.

Submitter comment: THE NIGHT I TALKED TO HIM, HE WAS MAKING SOME OF THIS JUICE TO GIVE
HIS BABY. HE LATER TOLD ME IT SEEMED TO HELP.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): INSOMNIA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 03-00-1979

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If you are having difficulty sleeping, spray yourself
with perfume before going to bed and you will have no
more problem.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): INSOMNIA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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