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CURE FOR CORNS

FOR THOSE WHO SUFFERED FROM CORNS ON THEIR FEET, WOULD SAY
BEFORE BREAKFAST, 27 CONSECUTIVE TIMES, "EARTH TAKE MY PAIN" AND FOR
ANOTHER 27 CONSECUTIVE TIMES WOULD SPIT ON THE GROUND.
SPITTING ON THE GROUND ALSO HAS THE VIRTUE
OF HAVING A MEDICINE TO TAKE EFFECT IMMEDIATELY,
AND WAS AN EFFECTIVE ANTIDOTE AGAINST THE EVIL EYE.

Submitter comment: PEOPLE STILL PRACTICE THIS CURE IN ITALY

Data entry tech comment: COLLECTOR'S SPELLING CORRECTED BY KEYPUNCHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PROTECTION AGAINST EVIL FORCES ; SUPERNATURAL ; SYMPATHETIC MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number P686.1.27
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 11-20-1967

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In the Arab culture there is a superstition referred
to as the "evil eye." This consists of statues,
pendants, jewelry etc. that are shaped like an eye
(usually blue with a big black pupil) and are worn
on the person or hung up in the house. It is the
belief that these will ward off any evil spirits
and will watch any evil thoughts or persons until
they regain their consciences. It is a form of
protection.

Submitter comment: The informant seemed to suggest that it is no longer
a serious belief but more a silly superstition.

Keyword(s): evil, protection

James Callow Keyword(s): talisman

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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Ghost Belief

A ghost won't enter your house if a camel's bones are buried beneath the doorstep.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original letter of the Boggs Number [B429] has been crossed out and replaced with a P.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; BONES ; Camel ; GHOST ; House ; Protection ; PROTECTION AGAINST EVIL FORCES ; SUPERNATURAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

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Superstition

Protection Against Vampires:

Garlic is a charm to be used against vampires.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P400] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: ENGLAND ; WORCESTER

Keyword(s): Garlic ; Lore ; MYTH ; Protection ; Protective ; SPICE ; SUPERSTITION ; Vampire

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire

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Ethnic: Isreali Superstition

The Druse, a tribe in Isreal, protect their babies from the Evil Eye by painting a circle around each eye of the child with a dye called Kehl.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): BABY ; CHILD ; CURE ; CURSE ; Druse ; Dye ; ETHNIC ; EVIL EYE ; Israel ; Israeli ; Kehl ; Protection ; REMEDY ; SUPERSTITION ; Tribe

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

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Proverb

What you don't know won't hurt you

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

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

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Keyword(s): Hurt ; IGNORANCE ; IGNORANCE ; Insight ; Knowledge ; PAIN ; Protection

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Toast

The Art of Toasting:

Toasting "healths" began hundreds of years BC when warriors offered drinks to Pagan Gods. Greeks drank at banquets to every God on Olympus. RomNS dded a pledge to Caesar - with a cup to each letter in his name. Norsemen drank to Thor, and Oden, plus cups to love, memories, absent friends. Merrymakers drank to each other's health. Pledging in these cutthroat days was very real. A man was especially vulnerable while drinking. When kinsman "pledged health," they swore to defend each other. Rowdy songs and chug-a-lugging begame part of health drinking as well as toasts to the ladies, wealth and success.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Not ONE example.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Caesar ; DRINKING ; Greek ; HISTORY ; Kinship ; Kinsman ; Norse ; Oden ; Pagan ; Protect ; Romans ; Social ; SUCCESS ; Thor ; TOAST ; Viking ; Warriors ; WEALTH

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
SPEECH -- Formula

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CHARMS AGAINST GHOSTS

IF YOU PASS BY A HAUNTED PLACE AT NIGHT, TURN YOUR POCKETS INSIDE-OUT
AND THE GHOST WILL NOT HURT YOU.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): GHOST ; Pockets ; Protect ; SPIRIT ; SUPERSTITION ; Ward Off

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 09-25-1969

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GHOST SUPERSTITION

SHE TOLD ME THAT WHEN YOU WALK THROUGH A FOREST YOU SHOULD HOLD
A PIECE OF BREAD IN YOUR HAND IN ORDER TO SCARE AWAY ALL THE GHOSTS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON

Keyword(s): BREAD ; Forest ; GHOST ; Protect ; Scare ; SUPERSTITION ; Ward Off

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 09-21-1969

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WITCH PROTECTION

SASSAFRAS TEA- MADE BY MERELY BOILING A SASSAFRAS ROOT IN SOME
WATER - IS SUPPOSED TO BE ESPECIALLY GOOD IN WARDING OFF
WITCHES.

Submitter comment:

STEVE ACTUALLY BELIEVED THIS WHEN HE WAS A KID, AND HE USED TO DRINK
IT BEFORE GOING INTO ANY KIND OF HAUNTED HOUSE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): OMEN ; Protect ; SASSAFRAS ; TEA ; WITCHES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 10-28-1968

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WHEN GOING UNDER A BRIDGE OR TUNNEL PUT UP YOUR ARMS AS IF
YOU WERE HOLDING UP THE ROOF OF THE CAR SO THE BRIDGE WON'T
FALL ON YOU.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Arms ; BELIEF ; Bridge ; Collapse ; CUSTOM ; GESTURE ; LUCK ; PREVENTION ; Protection ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.22
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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