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ONE OF THE WOMEN I KNEW HAD A CURE FOR CRAMPS.
SHE USED TO GO ON THE STREET, WHERE THE HORSES
JUST WENT BY PULLING CARTS.
SHE WOULD TAKE THE HORSE'S MANURE AND SQUEEZE IT OUT.
SHE THEN MIXED THE DRIPPINGS WITH HOT WATER AND DRANK IT.
SHE CLAIMED IT ACTUALLY WORKED.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT (I.E. COLLECTOR) DOES NOT BELIEVE THIS CURE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): MENSTRUATION

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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PERMANENT

INFORMANT WAS TOLD BY HER MOTHER IF YOU GAVE YOURSELF A PERMANENT
DURING YOUR PERIOD, IT WOULD'NT TAKE.

Submitter comment: (THIS REFERS TO A PERMANENT WAVE FOR HAIR)

Where learned: OAKLAND UNIVERSITY

Keyword(s): HAIR ; MENSTRUATION

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

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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COMMON WORD

ON THE RAG

Submitter comment: IT MEANS TO ACT BITCHY-LIKE WHEN WOMEN ARE HAVING THEIR PERIOD,
THEY ARE ALWAYS COMPLAINING

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): MENSTRUATION

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE POLOCK WHO:
THOUGHT THE TYPEWRITER WAS PREGNANT BECAUSE IT MISSED A PERIOD.

Where learned: DETROIT ; REGINA HIGH SCHOOL

James Callow Keyword(s): MENSTRUATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Poli

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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IT IS BAD LUCK FOR A WOMAN TO CAN FOOD DURING HER MONTHLY PERIOD.
IF SHE DOES, THE FOOD WILL SPOIL.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHERIN-LAW REALLY BELIEVED AND ABIDED BY THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): MENSTRUATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 02-17-1980

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YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO HAVE A TOOTH FILLED WHEN YOU
HAVE YOUR PERIOD. IT WILL FALL OUT.

Submitter comment: NARRATOR HAD HEARD THIS, BUT DIDN'T BELIEVE IT.
SHE SHOWED ME THE BOOK, GROWING UP AND LIKING IT,
WHERE IT IS PRINTED AS AN "OLD WIVES TALE."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MENSTRUATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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WHEN A FEMALE IS IN HER CYCLE, SHE SHOULDN'T TOUCH
ANY PLANT OR CROPS BECAUSE IF SHE DOES THEN THEY WILL
DIE. THE REASON FOR THIS IS BECAUSE GOD CURSED WOMEN WITH
THIS CURSE BECAUSE EVE NED AND SO THE CURSE IS SIN
SINFUL AND CAN KILL LIVING PLANTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MENSTRUATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Gods
BELIEF -- Creation and Order of Human Life
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

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NEVER TAKE A TUB BATH OR WASH YOUR HAIR DURING YOUR
MENSTRUAL PERIOD.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER TOLD HER THIS, INFORMANT IS
NOT SURE OF THE SIGNIFICANCE, BUT ALL HER FRIENDS
WERE TOLD THE SAME THING FROM THEIR MOTHERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CURSE ; MENSTRUATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1945

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PRESERVATION OF FOOD. PRODUCT OR ACTIVITY OF MAN.

A WOMAN SHOULD NEVER CAN (JAR PICKLES, TOMATOES, ETC.)
WHEN SHE HAS HER PERIOD. IF SHE DOES, THE CANNED GOODS
WILL SPOIL.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER CANNED TOMATORES WHILE SHE HAD
HER PERIOD AND THE WHOLE BATCH SPOILED. THIS HAPPENED
THE SUMMER OF 1971.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): MENSTRUATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal P477.1

Date learned: 11-02-1971

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A MENSES SUPERSTITION

IF YOU CANNED ANYTHING DURING YOUR PERIOD THAT WHICH
YOU CANNED WOULD TURN BAD.

Submitter comment: LEARNED AS A CHILD AT HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): MENSTRUATION

Subject headings: Observation
Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Preservation

Date learned: 03-10-1967

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GET (DRINK?) CORNSILK TEA FOR PERIODS TO COME ON

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; FULTON

James Callow Keyword(s): MENSTRUATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 06-20-1970

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A WOMAN SHOULD NEVER HAVE A PERMANENT WHILE HAVING HER
PERIOD BECAUSE HER HAIR WON'T CURL.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; GADSDEN

James Callow Keyword(s): MENSTRUATION

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

Date learned: 09-24-1973

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A WOMAN SHOULD NEVER DO ANY CANNING WHILE HAVING HER
PERIOD OR HER FOOD WILL SPOIL.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; GADSDEN

James Callow Keyword(s): MENSTRUATION

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

Date learned: 09-24-1973

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Menstrual

Menstrual:

Pickling: you can't pickle beans or make kraut while on your period or it will ruin.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P535] crossed out.

Submission card found in pile marked [?]

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Canning ; COOKING ; FOOD ; MENSES ; MENSTRUATION ; Period ; Pickling ; TABU

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

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Language

"grandma's visit" is another term for menstrual period.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM ; Grandma ; Language ; Menstrual ; MENSTRUATION ; Nickname ; Period ; SLANG ; Vocabulary

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Common Word

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MENSTRUAL BELIEF-WINE PREPARATION

WHEN WE MADE WINE IN THE OLD COUNTRY, IF A WOMAN
WHO HAD HER MENSTRUAL PERIOD CAME AROUND OR WAS NEAR THE PLACE
WHERE THE WINE WAS BEING MADE, THE WINE WOULD ALWAYS GO SOUR.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT WAS A FIRM BELIEVER IN THIS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Keyword(s): Feminist ; Grapes ; MENSTRUATION ; Period ; Sour ; Wine ; Woman

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

Date learned: 01-24-1972

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MENSTRUATION BELIEF

A WOMAN WHO IS GOING THROUGH HER MENSTRUATION SHOULD NOT DO
ANY CANNING OF TOMATOES. WHEN A WOMAN CANS WHEN SHE IS THIS WAY,
ALL THE CANS WILL BURST OF OVER ACIDITY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): Canning ; Feminism ; FOOD ; Legend ; Lore ; MENSTRUATION ; Period ; SUPERSTITION

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

Date learned: 03-04-1972

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