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PA. DUTCH BELIEF

A MAMMY IS CALLED IN FOR SICKNESS-- ESPECIALLY BLEEDING OF
ANY SORT.
FOR AN ADULT: THE "POW-WOWER" OR MAMMY RECITES BIBLE
PHRASES TO HERSELF WHILE HOLDING THE SICK PERSON, AND IT CURES HIM.
FOR A CHILD: THE "POW-WOWER" PASSES THE CHILD AROUND A TABLE LEG
WHILE RECITING BIBLE PHRASES, AND THE CHILD WILL BE CURED.

Submitter comment: THIS IS CALLED "POW-WOWING" AND IT AFFECTS THE WHOLE PA. DUTCH
AREA. IT IS NECESSARY TO BELIEVE IN IT TO HAVE IT WORK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH (GERMAN) ; POWWOWING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Expression of Fixed Form
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 02-24-1968

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STYE CURE

TO GET RID OF A STYE, YOU URINATE AT THE SIDE OF THE ROAD.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS A FRIEND'S FATHER, AND THIS WAS A BELIEF AMONG
THE PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH WHERE HE GREW UP.

Data entry tech comment: THERE ARE 2 OTHER REFERENCES IN THIS SECTION OF THE ARCHIVE.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Keyword(s): PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH (GERMAN)

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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LOCAL LEGEND - GREEN MAN

A MAN LIVES IN A NEARBY CITY (LIBRARY) WHO WAS INVOLVED IN AN
ELECTRICAL ACCIDENT. A HIGH VOLTAGE WIRE FELL ACROSS HIS FACE
CAUSING A YELLOW SCAR ACROSS HIS FACE AND THE REST OF HIS FACE TO
TURN GREEN. HE WILL GO OUT IN LOVERS' LANES., AND ROCK THE
CAR FROM SIDE TO SIDE.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; BETHEL PARK

Keyword(s): LIBRARY, PENNSYLVANIA

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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WITCH TALE

"MY MOTHER TOLD ME THAT ONE TIME A TURTLE WAS EATING ALL THE SOUR
CREAM AND EACH DAY IT WAS DISAPPEARING AND THEY COULDN'T FIND OUT
WHERE IT WAS GOING. SO ONE DAY THEY GOT CLOSE ENOUGH TO FIND WHAT
WAS GETTING AT THE CREAM. THEY SAW IT WAS A TURTLE. SO THEY BEAT
IT WITH A WIDE SHOVEL. SO THEY DISCOVERED IN THIS TURTLE WAS AN
OLD LADY. SO HOW THEY FOUND OUT IT WAS AN OLD LADY, THEY SAW HER
WALKING DOWN THE STREET THE NEXT DAY CRIPPLED UP WITH A BACK ACHE.
SO WHEN SHE TOLD SHE WAS BEAT WITH A SHOVEL. SO SHE NEVER STOLE NO
MORE SOUR CREAM."

Submitter comment: THE MOTHER OF THE INFORMANT WAS BORN IN HUNGARY AND RAISED IN EUROPE
SHE CAME TO THE UNITED STATES AND LIVED ON A FARM IN SCRANTON, PENN.
WITH HER HUSBAND AND FAMILY.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): ANIMALS

James Callow Keyword(s): PENNSYLVANIA

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: 11-10-1970

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Proverb

Pennsylvania Dutch Proverb:

Girls with fat cheeks have hearts like flint.

Submitter comment:

Heard in Steelton, PA. about 1920.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Comparison?

Original BN [V200 : 700] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Cheeks ; DUTCH ; Emotions ; ETHNIC ; Fat ; Female ; FLINT ; Girl ; HEART ; LOVE ; PENNSYLVANIA ; Region

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

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Proverb

Pennsylvania Dutch Saying:

The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in a pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; MAUCH CHUNK

Keyword(s): Behind ; DUTCH ; ETHNIC ; Fast ; Hurry ; Maxim ; PENNSYLVANIA ; PROVERB ; Slow ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

From the Pennsylvania Dutch:

"The hurrieder I go, the behinder I get."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V700] crossed out. Replaced wtih current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; DUTCH ; ETHNIC ; Maxim ; PENNSYLVANIA ; PROVERB ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

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Proverb

We grow too soon old and too late schmart!

Submitter comment:

Pennsylvania Dutch Saying

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; MAUCH CHUNK

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; DUTCH ; ETHNIC ; Late ; Maxim ; Old ; PENNSYLVANIA ; Pennsylvania Dutch ; PROVERB ; REGIONAL ; Smart ; VERSE ; Wise ; Young

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Good cookin' lasts, kissin' don't.

Submitter comment:

Pennsylvania Dutch Saying

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; MAUCH CHUNK

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; COOK ; COOKING ; DUTCH ; ETHNIC ; KISS ; KISSING ; MARRIAGE ; Maxim ; PENNSYLVANIA ; PROVERB ; REGIONAL ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Saying

Pennsylvania Dutch Saying:

Throw papa down the stairs his hats

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

Keyword(s): DUTCH ; Hat ; Papa ; PENNSYLVANIA ; REGIONAL ; Saying ; Stairs

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

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