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JAMAICAN SPIRIT BELIEF

WHEN YOU ARE BUILDING OR MOVING INTO A HOUSE, KILL ANY ANIMAL AND
SPRINKLE ITS BLOOD AROUND THE HOUSE TO MAKE A DEAL WITH THE
SPIRITS TO LEAVE IT ALONE. OFTEN MEN WON'T WORK ON HOUSES BEFORE
THIS IS DONE.

Submitter comment: DONALD LEE LEARNED THIS ITEM IN BUFF BAY JAMAICA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL SACRIFICE

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 10-31-1975

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LENTEN RESOLUTIONS

IT IS CUSTOMARY DURING LENT FOR MANY CATHOLICS TO MAKE RESOLUTIONS.
THESE RESOLUTIONS ARE USUALLY DENIALS SELF-INFLICTED, SUCH AS
GIVING UP CERTAIN FOODS OR GIVING UP TELEVISION.

Submitter comment: (LEARNED THIS FROM HOME LIFE)

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

Keyword(s): SELF-SACRIFICE

Subject headings: 663 Lent

Date learned: 12-04-1967

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LENTEN CUSTOM

IT IS A COMMON CUSTOM AMONG CHRISTIANS DURING THE LENTEN SEASON
TO GIVE-UP OR ABSTAIN FROM SOMETHING THEY REALLY ENJOY.
CIGARETTES, CANDY, ETC.

Where learned: COLLECTORS HOME

Keyword(s): SELF-SACRIFICE

Subject headings: 663 Lent

Date learned: 03-07-1968

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LENTEN CUSTOM

DURING LENT, THE BYZNATINE ( BYZANTINE ) FAITHFUL ABSTAINED FROM
CUSTOMARY FOOD, IN THE OLD WORLD. MEAT WAS FOR SURVIVAL, AND FASTING
WAS KEPT VERY STRICT.

Submitter comment: THIS CUSTOM IS NO LONGER KEPT IN THE INFORMANT'S FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; SELF-SACRIFICE

Subject headings: 663 Lent

Date learned: 03-17-1970

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LENTEN FAST--RUSSIAN

DURING THE FORTY DAYS BEFORE EASTER, THE RUSSIAN PEOPLE WERE NOT
ALOWED TO EAT MEAT, FISH, MILK OR CREAM. THEY WERE ONLY
ALLOWED TO EAT VEGETABLES SUCH AS POTATOES, SAURKRAUT ( SAUERKRAUT ),
ETC.
NOTE: TOLD TO MY MOTHER BY HER NEIGHBOR MRS. MARY YASHIN
WHO GREW UP IN SARATOV, RUSSIA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; SELF-SACRIFICE

Subject headings: 663 Lent

Date learned: 10-10-1968

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LENT

MOST FAMILIES HAVE A LOT OF SOUP DURING LENT IN PLACE OF MEATS.
ACQUIRED THIS EVERY LENT.

Where learned: OSGOOD ROAD, ASSUMED ; MILFORD ; NEW HAMPSHIRE, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): ABSTINENCE ; FOOD CUSTOM ; SELF-SACRIFICE

Subject headings: 663 Lent

Date learned: 08-00-1967

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LENT

ON MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, AND FRIDAY OF LENT THE INFORMANT'S FATHER
ATE ONLY HERRING, POTATOES, AND CABBAGE, ALL WITHOUT THE BENEFIT OF
WATER.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; SELF-SACRIFICE

Subject headings: 663 Lent

Date learned: 09-00-1971

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LENTEN CUSTOM

IN THE CATHOLIC RELIGION THERE WAS A CUSTOM THAT ADULTS (PERSONS OVER
21) MUST FAST FROM EATING IN BETWEEN MEALS AND WERE NOT ALLOWED TO
HAVE THE EQUIVALENT OF 2 FULL MEALS DURING THE DAY FOR THE PERIOD
FROM ASH WEDNESDAY TO EASTER SUNDAY.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PORT CHESTER

Keyword(s): SELF-SACRIFICE--FASTING

Subject headings: 663 Lent
663 Ash Wednesday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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LENTEN CUSTOM

THE CATHOLIC CUSTOM IS TO FAST DURING THE 40 DAYS OF LENT AS CHRIST
DID ON MT. SINAI.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SELF-SACRIFICE--FASTING

Subject headings: 663 Lent
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 11-04-1968

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LENTEN CUSTOMS:

IT IS A CUSTOM TO GIVE UP SOMETHING DURING THE LENTEN SEASON TO SHOW
PENANCE AND SELF SACRIFICE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SELF-SACRIFICE

Subject headings: 663 Lent

Date learned: 11-12-1969

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LENTEN CUSTOMS

GIVING UP CANDY OR SOMETHING ELSE OF PLEASURE FOR THE LENTEN PERIOD.

Submitter comment: FAMILY PRACTICE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): SELF-SACRIFICE

Subject headings: 663 Lent

Date learned: 10-20-1967

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LENTEN CUSTOM

DURING LENT IT'S ALWAYS GOOD TO GIVE UP SOMETHING WE ENJOY OR LIKE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS PRACTICED DURING EVERY LENTEN SEASON IN SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SELF-SACRIFICE

Subject headings: 663 Lent

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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HOLY WEEK

IN UKRAINE, IT IS CUSTOMARY NOT TO EAT MEAT ALL WEEK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM RELATIVES IN UKRAINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ABSTINENCE FROM MEAT ; SELF-SACRIFICE--FASTING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting F663.30

Date learned: 12-03-1967

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EASTER

HER GRANDMOTHER NEVER EATS FROM HOLY THURSDAY TO EASTER SUNDAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SELF-SACRIFICE--FASTING

Subject headings: 663 Holy Thursday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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SLOVAK EASTER CUSTOM

STRICT FAST ON GOOD FRIDAY AND HOLY SATURDAY. THIS APPLIES ONLY TO
ADULTS AND ONLY UNTIL NOON. THE ADULTS MAY HAVE COFFEE OR MILK
AND A PIECE OF BREAD, SOMETIMES BUTTERED. THEN THE FAST IS RESUMED.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Keyword(s): SELF-SACRIFICE--FASTING

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
663 Holy Saturday

Date learned: 00001967 FALL

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BLACK FAST

ON GOOD FRIDAY, THE GROWN-UPS REALLY OBSERVED THE "BLACK FAST". THEY
ATE ONLY DARK BREAD AND BLACK COFFEE. THE CHILDREN HAD MILK, ( ; )
WE WERE NOT REALLY HUNGRY BUT HAD MEAGER MEALS.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): SELF-SACRIFICE--FASTING

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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GOOD FRIDAY SUPPER

ON GOOD FRIDAY, ONE CAN ONLY HAVE ONE MEAL. HE SHOULD SPEND THE REST
OF HIS DAY CONTEMPLATING THE SERIOUS OCCASION WHICH THE DATE
REPRESENTS. THE MEAL SHOULD CONSIST OF COOKED NOODLES, PRUNES, AND
SMALL SQUARES OF BREAD. THIS AGAIN SHOULD REPRESENT THE SEVERITY
OF CHRIST'S DEATH AND ITS IMPORTANCE TO MANKIND.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A TRADITIONAL CUSTOM OF THE PEOPLE OF WESTPHALIA. MR.
STOERKEL IS FROM THIS AREA OF GERMANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; SELF-SACRIFICE--FASTING ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday

Date learned: 00001940S LATE

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HOLY WEEK ( GOOD FRIDAY )

IN UKRAINE, IT IS CUSTOMARY NOT TO EAT DAIRY PRODUCTS ON HOLY FRIDAY
(ALONG WITH MEAT).

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM RELATIVES IN UKRAINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ABSTINENCE ; SELF-SACRIFICE--FASTING

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday

Date learned: 12-03-1967

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A RELIGIOUS TRADITION

"ON GOOD FRIDAY AT HOME WE WERE ALLOWED TO EAT ONLY
APPLES AND SODA CRACKERS FROM MIDNIGHT HOLY THURSDAY TO MIDNIGHT
GOOD FRIDAY, AND WE COULD ONLY DRINK WATER."

Submitter comment: LEARNED AS A CHILD AT HOME.

Where learned: HOME ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; SELF-SACRIFICE--FASTING

Subject headings: 663 Holy Thursday
663 Good Friday

Date learned: 03-10-1967

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HOLY WEEK CUSTOMS ( GOOD FRIDAY )

ON GOOD FRIDAY, NO DAIRY PRODUCTS OR PRODUCTS MADE OF DAIRY PRODUCTS,
NO MEAT, AND NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES MAY BE CONSUMED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; SELF-SACRIFICE--FASTING

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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