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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

AMBITION KILLED CAESAR.

Where learned: USS FRED T BERRY (DD-858)

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: ; CAESAR FOR POLITICIAN ; NAME SYMBOLISM ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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DEVIL BELIEF

IN HUNGARY WHEN THE SUN SHINES AND IT RAINS, THE PEOPLE
SAY THAT THE DEVIL IS BEATING HIS WIFE. THE SUN REPRESENTS HIS
LAUGHING, AND THE RAIN, HER TEARS.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT HEARD FROM GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOLISM

Subject headings: 46O
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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EDGE-WISE

WHEN GIVING A GIFT WITH SHARP EDGES, A PENNY SHOULD BE GIVEN
FOR EACH EDGE SO THAT THE FRIENDSHIP WILL NOT BE CUT.

Submitter comment: FROM HER MOTHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATIC ; SYMBOLISM UNKNOWN

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

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EASTER

UKRAINIAN GIRLS DYE EXQUISITE EGGS TO CELEBRATE EASTER. THEY GIVE
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL EGG TO THE BOY THEY LOVE. TO A BOY THEY WANT TO
GET RID OF THEY GIVE A BLACK EGG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): COLOR SYMBOLISM ; UKRAINIAN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 03-00-1970

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EASTER

GREEKS DYE THEIR EASTER EGGS ONLY A DEEP BLOOD RED WHICH
SIGNIFIES THE BLOOD OF CHRIST.

Submitter comment:

FROM FAMILY TIES.

Where learned: MAIL

Keyword(s): COLOR SYMBOLISM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 08-00-1967

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GREEK FOOD CUSTOM

GREEKS USE ONLY RED (DYED) EGGS AT EASTER TIME. THIS IS TO
SYMBOLIZE THE BLOOD OF CHRIST. THEY ARE CALLED MIMIKOS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD ; COLUMBIA REALTY OFFICE

Keyword(s): COLOR SYMBOLISM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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A RED LIGHT IS ADVERTISING A PROSTITUTION ESTABLISHMENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR SYMBOLISM

Subject headings: SPEECH -- To Be Seen

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ACTIVITY-ASTRONOMY

CORN SHOULD BE PLANTED UNDER LEO TO INSURE LARGE
EARS. MM
CORN SHOULD BE PLANTED UNDER GEMINI TO INSURE TWO
EARS PER STALK.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM AN UNCLE, JOHN FURR.

Data entry tech comment: GEMINI=TWINS

Where learned: INDIANA ; GREENFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): LEO=LION, KING OF BEASTS. ; SYMBOLISM ; SYMBOLISM MM

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 11-23-1967

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ACTIVITY-ASTRONOMY

ANYTHING PLANTED UNDER GEMINI, WILL BE ABUNDANT. / LEARNED FROM HIS FATHER.
IN ORDER TO GET A GOOD CROP OF CUCUMBERS, PLANT THE SEED UNDER PISCES. / LEARNED FROM HIS MOTHER.
PLANT POTATOES DURING THE SIGN OF CAPRICORN FOR GOOD POTATO YIELD; BUT ONLY WHEN THE POINTS OF THE MOON POINT DOWNWARD. / LEARNED FROM HIS FATHER.
IF YOU DO NOT WANT POTATOES TO GROW TOO DEEP, PLANT THEM IN THE QUARTER OF THE MOON DURING ARIES. / LEARNED FROM HIS FATHER.
PLANT TOMATOES UNDER LIBRA AND THEY WOULD BE LARGE AND HEAVY. / LEARNED FROM HIS MOTHER.

Data entry tech comment: GEMINI=TWINS ; PISCES=FISH, WATER SIGN. ; LIBRA=SCALES--BALANCE

Where learned: INDIANA ; South Bend

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOLISM

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 11-23-1967

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HOLY WEEK CUSTOM

DURING HOLY THURSDAY AND FRIDAY OF HOLY WEEK WOMEN OF THE VILLAGE
DRESS BOTH DAYS IN BLACK AND DO NOT LEAVE THEIR HOMES. FOOD IS PREPA
RED ON WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK AND NO WORK IS DONE ON THOSE TWO DAYS.
PREPARED

Submitter comment: A PRACTICE FROM THE INFORMANT'S HOMETOWN OF SABINAS IN MEXICO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR SYMBOLISM

Subject headings: 663 Holy Thursday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Overall body coverUpper body and arms
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 11-00-1981

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Custom

The family of the deceased attends mass for six consecutive weeks. Each week the family brings fruit, candy, or fruit for the entire parish. At the end of the six week period an entire mass is said in memory of the deceased . The family brings wine, three large raisin breads, fruit, and boiled wheat for the parish. This is done to celebrate the first stage of the deceased's ascention into Heaven. The ritual is repeated at six months to celebrate the second stage. After a person has been dead for a period of one year, the ritual is repeated for the last time. This stage signifies that the deceased has ascended into Heaven.

Submitter comment:

Despite revisions in the Orthodox mass, this custom has been preserved. It is considered an important and beautiful ritual. This custom is so old that no one knows how it exactly originated.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; Self

Keyword(s): BURIAL ; CUSTOM ; DEATH ; FOOD ; Funeral ; RELIGION ; SYMBOLISM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

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After a funeral the best friend of the deceased is given a bowl of boiled wheat, a glass, and silverware. This little ceremony transfers the worldly goods of the deceased to the living.

Submitter comment:

Informant noted that this custom is not as popular as it used to be but it is still practiced.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): DEATH ; Deceased ; FRIENDSHIP ; GLASS ; RELIGION ; RELIGIOUS ; RITUAL ; Silverware ; SYMBOL ; Symbolic ; SYMBOLISM ; UTENSILS ; Wheat

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

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Scare Stories

44

1) Teenage Couple driving in the country, run out of gas.

2) Hear drip, drip, drip - its blood.

28

1) Next door neighbors in love.

2) Girl wore a yellow ribbon around her neck that she wouldn't take off.

3) She untied it, her head fell off.

1

1) Two children home alon eon Halloween see a ghost.

2) Turns out to be their uncle in costume

Data entry tech comment:

No information listed on card. Omitted: Collector data, informant date.

Unknown meaning of numbers preceeding each story.

Bogg Number added by TRD

James Callow comment:

18400 Praire

Corner of Pickford and Praire

Where learned: UNKNOWN

Keyword(s): Car ; Costume ; Drip ; Fable ; HALLOWEEN ; Ribbon ; Scary ; Stories ; SYMBOLISM ; Urban Legends ; Yellow Ribbon

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Prose Narrative

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BELIEF CONCERNING DEATH

UKRANIANS BELIEVE THAT A PERSONS SPIRIT STAYS ON EARTH FOR
NINE DAYS AFTER DEATH. IT THEN TAKES THE SPIRIT FORTY DAYS TO GET TO
HEAVEN. IT IS THOUGHT THAT THIS BELIEF REPRESENTS
THE FORTY DAYS AFTER CHRIST'S DEATH, BEFORE HE AROSE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): Christ ; DEATH ; NUMBER ; RELIGION ; SYMBOLISM ; UKRAINIAN

Subject headings: 686 Ninths / Nine
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.40

Date learned: 03-26-1972

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TREE BELIEF

THERE IS A CERTAIN KIND OF TREE, I DO NOT REMEMBER THE NAME,
THAT IS CALLED THE STICKER TREE BECAUSE IT HAS HUGE THORNS
AND IS THE SHAPE OF A CROSS, BECAUSE IT IS THE WOOD
OF WHICH THE CROSS OF CHRIST WAS MADE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Keyword(s): Botany ; Christ ; Cross ; Pricker ; Sticker ; SYMBOLISM ; Thorns ; Tree ; WOOD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 09-20-1969

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Belief

If cutting a loaf of bread, never leave knife in bread it is like cutting the heart of Jesus

(Romanian)

Data entry tech comment:

Input by TRD

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; HEART ; JESUS ; RELIGION ; RESPECT ; SUPERSTITION ; SYMBOL ; SYMBOLISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

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GIFT BELIEF

IF SOMEONE GIVES YOU A KNIFE FOR A GIFT, YOU MUST PAY SOMETHING
FOR IT, OTHERWISE THE KNIFE CUTS YOUR FRIENDSHIP.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Cut ; FRIENDSHIP ; GIFT ; KNIFE ; MONEY ; Sever ; Sharp ; SYMBOL ; SYMBOLISM

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

Date learned: 01-00-1968

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WHEN THE DEVIL BEATS HIS WIFE IN HUNGARY

IN HUNGARY, WHEN IT IS BOTH SUNNY AND RAINING, THE PEOPLE
SAY THAT THE DEVIL IS BEATING HIS WIFE. THE SUN REPRESENTS HIS
LAUGHING AND THE RAIN BEING HER TEARS.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT HEARD FROM GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOLISM

Subject headings: Air / Weather / Fire
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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