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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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