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RETURN OF THE DEAD

AROUND 1940 A WOMAN NAMED BESSIE SABOL DIED IN SOUTHWEST
DETROIT. MRS. HURLEY ASSISTED IN THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR BURIAL
AND SUBSEQUENTLY WAS ASKED TO STAY WITH THE DAUGHTER OF THE
WOMAN, WHO FEARED LIVING ALONE IN THE HOME. SEVERAL OTHERS
HAD STAYED WITH THE WOMAN, BUT HAD LEFT WITH STORIES OF A
GHOST IN THE HOME. MRS. HURLEY STAYED IN THE HOME FOR
2 DAYS. THE THIRD NIGHT LOUD BANGING AND CLANGING NOISES
WERE HEARD IN THE PANTRY, MRS. HURLEY WENT TO
INVESTIGATE AND SAW THE GHOST OF THE DEAD WOMAN CLEANING UP THE
MESS THAT THE DAUGHTER HAD LEFT IN THE PANTRY. THE POTS AND PANS
WERE SCATTERED ALL ABOUT. THIS WOMAN HAD BEEN KNOWN FOR
HER NEATNESS. MY GRANDMOTHER TOLD THE DAUGHTER THAT AS LONG
AS SHE KEPT THE PANTRY CLEAN, THE NOISES WOULD STOP. THEY
DID, AND THEY HAVEN'T BEEN HEARD SINCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): GHOST RETURNS TO DO HOUSEWORK

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Favorites
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 11-11-1974

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SONG

TAKE ME BACK TO TEXAS,
I'M TOO YOUNG TO MARRY.
WHITE MAN MAKE GET TO TAKE THE MONEY,
NEGRO MAKE THE COTTIN.
TAKE ME BACK TO TEXAS,
I'M TOO YOUNG TO MARRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ENVELOPE PARALLELISM ; NEGRO WANTS TO RETURN SOUTH?

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

Date learned: 10-00-1974

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KING KAHMAI MAI

IN HAWAII, ON THE ISLAND OF PAUI, THERE IS AN UPSIDE DOWN WATERFALL,
AND THIS IS CAUSED BY THE TRADEWINDS, WHICH PUSH THE FALLING WATERS
UPWARD. THE LEGEND BEHIND THIS DEALS WITH KING KAHMAI MAI, WHO WAS
KING OF THE ISLAND MANY YEARS AGO. IT IS SAID THAT HE DROVE ALL THE
PAGANS OFF THE ISLAND, AND THOSE THAT DID NOT LEAVE WERE SACRIFICED
TO THE GODS BY BEING PUSHED OFF THIS WATERFALL. WHEN ALL OF THE
PAGANS HAD LEFT THE ISLAND, THE KING VOWED THAT NO OTHER MAN WOULD
BE ABLE TO DIE BY JUMPING OFF THIS WATERFALL. UP TO THIS DAY THERE
HAS BEEN NOBODY KILLED FROM JUMPING OFF THE WATERFALL BECAUSE OF THE
STRONG TRADEWINDS, AND THEY SAY THAT THE TRADEWIND IS ACTUALLY
KING KAHMAI MAI FULFILLING HIS PROMISE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; A&P FOOD STORE

Keyword(s): DEAD KING RETURNS AS WIND TO PREVENT SUICIDE FROM WATERFALL.

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Running water

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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SUPERSTITION

IF YOU LEAVE HOME AND DISCOVER THAT YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN SOMETHING,
YOU MUST SIT STILL A MOMENT BEFORE RETURNING FOR IT, OR YOU WILL
HAVE BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THIS OLD SUPERSTITION WAS TOLD TO ME BY MY AUNT WHEN SHE VISITED
HERE FROM JAMESTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA, IN OCTOBER OF 1963.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

Keyword(s): CONVERSION ; TRAVEL: RETURNING HOME FOR FORGOTTEN OBJECT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.2

Date learned: 10-00-1963

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COUNT TO TEN

IF YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN SOMETHING WHEN LEAVING YOUR HOUSE AND HAVE
TO GO BACK FOR IT, BE SURE TO SIT DOWN AND COUNT TO TEN BEFORE
YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE AGAIN, OR YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONVERSION ; NUMBERS: TEN ; SUPERNATURAL: COUNTING TO TEN ; TRAVEL: RETURNING HOME FOR FORGOTTEN OBJECT

Subject headings: 686 First / Once / One / Newness
BELIEF -- BELIEF
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Number P686.3.10
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.2

Date learned: 00001965 SUMMER

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LEAVING THE SERVICE

WHEN LEAVING THE SERVICE, A SAILOR WILL NEVER CARRY HIS OWN
LUGGAGE. TO DO SO IS BAD LUCK. HE USUALLY ALLOWS ONE OF HIS BEST
FRIENDS TO HELP HIM, BRINGING ABOUT GOOD LUCK FOR
HIS HELPFUL FRIEND.

Where learned: ROUTE 2 ; INFORMANTS HOME ; W JEFFERSON RD

Keyword(s): CONVERSION ; TRAVEL: RETURN FROM NAVY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- P535
BELIEF -- War
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.2

Date learned: 03-09-1970

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Proverb

Parallel Structure:

Give the world the best you can and the best will come back to you.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): Ability ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Return

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

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Proverb

The smile that you sent out returns to you.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Springs of Indian Wisdom ; Herder Book Center

Keyword(s): ATTITUDE ; Karma ; Return ; SMILE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO TURN AROUND AND GO BACK TO GET
SOMETHING YOU FORGOT WHEN STARTING ON A TRIP.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): Bad ; LUCK ; Return ; TRIP ; Turn Around

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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BELIEF CONCERNING A TRIP

IF YOU LEAVE YOUR HOME TO GO ON A TRIP, AND
DISCOVER THAT YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN SOMETHING, IT IS BAD
LUCK TO GO BACK AND GET IT. IT IS BEST TO DO WITHOUT IT.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Return ; SUPERSTITION ; TRIP

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; POSITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 01-30-1971

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TRAVELING CUSTOM- HAWAII

WHEN TRAVELERS LEAVE HAWAII, THEY THROW THEIR LEIS
OVER THE SIDE OF THE SHIP. IF IT FLOATS TO SHORE THEY WILL
RETURN, IF IT FLOATS TO SEA, THEY WILL NEVER
RETURN.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; Terrence, Burt

Keyword(s): CUSTOM ; Hawaii ; Lei ; Return ; SEA ; Ship ; Tourist ; TRAVEL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 03-19-1968

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