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HERE IN DETROIT, AT HER HOME, MRS. SOSNOWSKI SAID THAT
ONCE IN A GREAT WHILE A MORNING DOVE WILL SIT IN ONE
OF HER BACKYARD TREES. IT COMES FOR THREE SUCCESSIVE
DAYS THEN DOESN'T SHOW UP AGAIN. ABOUT TWO WEEKS
AFTER THAT, A MEMBER OF HER FAMILY DIES AND THEN TWO
MORE FOLLOW. SHE SAID THE SAME THING HAS HAPPENED
ABOUT THREE TIMES AND SHE KNOWS THAT WHEN SHE HEARS
THE SAD SOUND OF THE DOVE, SHE CAN EXPECT SOMEONE TO
DIE AND THEY DO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MOURNING DOVE

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Use of Object Animals

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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Custom: Death

Photographs of Corpse:

Informant showed collector several snapshots of his grandfather, who had passed away some 15 years previous, laid out in his coffin in the funeral home.

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Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Coffin ; Corpse ; Dead ; Funeral ; Mourning ; Photograph ; Soul

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

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Chinese custom

Howson (a Chinese mourning period) lasts for 49 days. A white
flower made of yarn is worn by the daughters in their hair and
a black band is worn by the sons around the arm during this
period.

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Where learned: CHINA

Keyword(s): China ; Chinese ; CUSTOM ; FLOWER ; Mourning ; SYMBOL ; White

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.49

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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