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Hawaiian Island Folklore

Find a lava rock. Take the rock and wrap it in a tea leaf and
set it down in front of the ocean. Make a wish. Your wish
will be granted in three days by the gods of the islands.

Submitter comment: This is one of the folktales that Albert brought back with
him when he came back to the U.S. after his second honeymoon.
My father is good friends with this man and he told us the
story over dinner at our house. His mood was wishful and
mysterious when he was describing this folktale.

Where learned: Item was learned in the state of Hawaii

Keyword(s): lava, tea, ocean.

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00-00-1989

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Belief: Luck

If a ship has thirteen letters in its name the ship is doomed.

Submitter comment:

Read this in a book of sea lore.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Minor grammatical correction to submission card: changing had to has

Original BN [P880] crossed out and replaced with P686

Where learned: DORM ROOM ; BOOK

Keyword(s): Boat ; Lore ; NAME ; Nautical ; NUMBERS ; NUMEROLOGY ; Ocean ; Sailor ; SEA ; Ship ; Vessel

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number

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Belief: Weather

Red Sky in morning, sailors take warning, Red sky in evening, sailors' delight.

Submitter comment:

Believed-Usually holds true in our area.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P890 880 800] crossed out and replaced with C880.462

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

James Callow Keyword(s): WEATHER

Subject headings: -- .C860462
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

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Belief: Weather

RED SKY IN NIGHTM SAILOR'S DELIGHT;
RED SKY IN MORNING, SAILOR'S TAKE WARNING.

Submitter comment:

THIS VERSE MEANS-IT WILL BE BREEZY, AND CLEAR TOMMORROW IF THE SKY
IS RED AT SUNSET, AND THE DAY WILL BE OVERCAST AND UNPREDICTABLE
IF THE MORNING SKY IS RED.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MAYFIELD

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 00001970S

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Belief: Weather

RED SKY AT NIGHT, SAILORS DELIGHT,
RED SKY IN MORNING, SAILORS TAKE WARNING.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

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Belief: Weather

RED SKY AT NIGHT SAILOR'S DELIGHT. RED SKY IN MORNING, SAILORS
TAKE WARNING.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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Belief: Weather

RED SKY IN MORNING, SAILOR'S WARNING
RED SKY AT NIGHT, SAILOR'S DELIGHT

Submitter comment:

TAUGHT TO ME WHEN I WAS A KID.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.891
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 11-23-1979

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Belief: Weather

RED SKY IN MORNING,
SAILORS TAKE WARNING.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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Belief: Weather

A RED SKY AT NIGHT
IS A SAILOR'S DELIGHT.
A RED SKY IN MORNING
MAKES A SAILOR TAKE WARNING.

Submitter comment:

THIS WAS TAUGHT TO ME BY MY MOTHER. I HAVE FOUND THAT IT IS USUALLY
TRUE.
COLOR

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

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Belief: Weather

RED SKY IN MORNING,
SAILORS TAKE WARNING.
RED SKY AT NIGHT,
SAILOR'S DELIGHT.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: -- .C860462
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 00-00-1973

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Belief: Weather

RED SKY IN MORNING, SAILORS TAKE WARNING.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.890
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 09-17-1973

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BELIEF: WEATHER

RED SKY AT NIGHT, SAILOR'S DELIGHT.
RED SKY IN MORNING, SAILOR'S WARNING.

Submitter comment:

RED SKY AT NIGHT MEANS FAIR WEATHER THE NEXT DAY, BUT A RED SKY IN
THE MORNING INDICATES BAD WEATHER FOR THAT DAY.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GREENEVILLE

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 02-27-1969

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Belief: Weather

Weather Proverb:

Red Sky in the morning, Sailors take warning / Red sky at night, sailor's delight.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Duplicate of WPP

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; PREDICTION ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb

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Belief: Weather

Rainbow in the morning, Sailors take warning;

Rainbow at night, Sailor's delight;

Rainbow at noon, Rain very soon.

Submitter comment:

This is an old rhyme, but he didn't seem to really believe it.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Dup. of WPP

[C880. C860.870] written on back of card.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; YPSILANTI

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; PREDICTION ; Rain ; RAINBOW ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb

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Belief: Weather

Weather Verse:

Rain before seven; Quit before eleven.

Submitter comment:

She says it usually worked.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; JACKSON

Keyword(s): ; COLOR ; Hour ; NATURE ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; PREDICTION ; Sailor ; Sky ; TIME ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb

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Belief: Weather

Red Sunrise in the morning - sailor's warning:

Red sunset at night - sailor's delight.

Submitter comment:

He heard it from his aunt

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P890] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; Predictions ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb

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Belief: Weather

Omens
:

Red sky in the morning, Sailor takes warning.

Red sky at night, sailor takes delight.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Dup. of WPP

Where learned: MOVIE ; The Great Escape

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; Predicting ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb

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Belief: Weather

Belief - Weather:

Red at night, sailor's delight.

Red in morning, sailor's take warning.

Submitter comment:

Learned in Childhood from my mother

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P890] crossed out. replaced wtih current classification

Dup. of WPP

Keyword(s): ; COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; Predicting ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb

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Belief: Weather

Weather Saying:

Red in the morning, a sailor's warning.

Red in the night, a sailor's delight.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Dup. of WPP

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; Predicting ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb

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Belief: Weather

Weather Sayings:

Red sky at night, sailor's delight.

Red sky in the morning, Sailor's warning.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Dup. of WPP

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; Predicting ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb

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