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REMEDY

I REMEMBER MY GRANDMOTHER CURING A YOUNG CHILD OF A FEAR. IT'S A
RITUAL. WHEN A CHILD IS AFRAID OF SOMETHING, YOU GET SOME WHITE ROCK.
IT'S A SOFT ROCK, I DON'T KNOW THE NAME OF IT. THE ROCK IS PUT INTO A
SKILLET AND HEATED. AS IT HEATS, IT SOFTENS, AND IT WILL FORM INTO A
FIGURE OF WHAT THE CHILD IS AFRAID OF. THE FEAR IS REMOVED FROM THE
CHILD THIS WAY.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONJURATION DIVINATION ; HOMEOPATHIC ; MEXICAN-AMERICAN CURE

Subject headings: Observation
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BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 03-00-1979

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REMEDY

EATING SNAKE MEAT WILL CURE RHEUMATISM.

Submitter comment: HE HEARD THIS FROM HIS GRANDMOTHER, WHO SAID IT WORKED FOR HER. YOU
HAVE TO EAT IT REGULARLY IN ORDER FOR IT TO DO ANY GOOD. RATTLESNAKE
MEAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE BEST.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MEXICAN-AMERICAN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 03-00-1979

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REMEDY

DRINKING OREGANO TEA WILL HELP IF YOU HAVE A COLD. YOU HAVE TO MAKE
IT REAL STRONG AND DRINK IT REAL HOT. USUALLY I DRINK THREE CUPS A
DAY WHEN I'M SICK.

Submitter comment: HE SAYS IT WORKS FOR HIM.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MEXICAN-AMERICAN

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 03-00-1979

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Belief: Animal

Belief About Snakes:

In many parts of Mexico and South America the snake serves as a symbol of fertility.

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Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [B400] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; ETHNIC ; FERTILITY ; Mexican ; MEXICO ; REGIONAL ; Serpent ; SIGN ; Snake ; SOUTH AMERICA ; South American ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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Entertainment: Song

Rugby Song:

Ay-yi-yi-yi

Rodriguez the Mexican Pervert,

He'll cornhole your brother and gross out your mother, and waltz you around by your willy.

(This is sung, then a dirty limmerick, then this is repeated.)

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Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: Myself

Keyword(s): ; LIMERICK ; Mexican ; Pervert ; Rugby, Sport, Racism ; SONG ; Stereotype

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.334
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing
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Language

American Nicknames:

Mexicans call Americans "gringoes" because when the Texans went into the Battle of San Jacinto, they were singing "Green Grow the Lilacs." The Mexicans thought they were saying "gringo."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): AMERICAN ; Battle ; Culture ; ETYMOLOGY ; Green ; Gringo ; Grow ; Language ; Lilacs ; Mexican ; NATIONALITY ; Nickname ; San Jacinto ; SLANG ; SONG ; Term

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

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HOUSEHOLD SUPERSTITON

IN MEXICO, WHEN PASSING SALT TO SOMEONE AT THE TABLE, PUT IT
ON THE TABLE, IF YOU HAND IT TO THE ASKER, YOU WILL FIGHT

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Culture ; CUSTOM ; ETHNIC ; FIGHT ; MANNERS ; Mexican ; MEXICO ; Salt ; Sobra Mesa ; SUPERSTITION ; Table

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; POSITION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- P86O
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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