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RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

THE JEWISH PEOPLE LEAVE A GLASS OF WATER OUTSIDE WHEN GOING TO A
FUNERAL. THEY WASH THEIR HANDS WITH IT WHEN THEY RETURN FROM THE
CEMETARY.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

James Callow Keyword(s): CEMETERY ; PURIFICATION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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FEAST OF ST. JOHN (EVE OF JUNE 24)

ON THE EVE OF THE FEAST OF JOHN THE BAPTIST (JUNE) THE YOUNG PEOPLE
GET TOGETHER AND BUILD A LARGE BONFIRE. THERE IS MUCH SINGING AND
DANCING. THEN THE BOYS TAKE TURNS JUMPING OVER THE FIRE. THIS IS
SUPPOSED TO CLEANSE THEM FROM ALL EVIL. (UKRAINIAN)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): PURIFICATION THROUGH FIRE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 23

Date learned: 10-00-1970

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ON NEW YEAR'S EVE AT THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT, WE THROW WATER OUT THE
WINDOWS BY THE BUCKETS TO SEND AWAY ALL BAD THINGS THAT CAME DURING
THE YEAR

Submitter comment: THEY DO THIS IN SAN JUAN.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO ; SAN JUAN

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC ; PURIFICATION OF THE YEAR.

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F123
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year

Date learned: CA00001950

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Balinese Custom

In Bali, one month after birth a baby's head is shaved
completely to chase all evil spirits away.

Where learned: Bali ; Indonesia

Keyword(s): PURIFICATION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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Chinese Custom

In China, and in the Chinese culture one month after the birth
of a baby, the head, eyebrows, and eyelashes are shaved to
achieve greater growth.

Where learned: CHINA

Keyword(s): PURIFICATION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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