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CURE FOR AN INFECTION

IF YOU SLICE AN ONION AND PLACE A SLICE ON THE INFECTED AREA
WRAPPING THE ONION AND INFECTED AREA IN GAUZE THE ONION WILL
DRAW OUT THE INFECTION.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAYS THAT THIS CURE REALLY WORKS, BELIEVES IT TOO

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; MADISON HEIGHTS

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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MEANS OF CAUSING OR AVOIDING ILLNESS

IF YOU MASTURBATE REGULARLY, YOU WILL GET A SERIOUS CASE OF ACNE, AND
EVENTUALLY YOUR PALMS WILL BECOME VERY HAIRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO ; CAMPUS

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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WART REMEDY

PUT A PIECE OF RAW MEAT UPON A WART, BURY THE MEAT, WHEN THE MEAT
ROTS, YOUR WART WILL BE GONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 11-15-1973

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MUSHROOMS OR TOADSTOOLS RUBBED ON WARTS MAKE THEM DISAPPEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-19-1972

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BELIEF

AN OLD POLISH BELIEF IS TO PUT ON A TOPAZ NECKLACE TO DRAW OUT }
INFECTION FROM THE HUMAN BODY AND AS THE NECKLACE DISCOLORS
IT SHOWS IT IS WORKING.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER FIRMLY BELIEVED THIS AND INFORMANT
SAID THE BEADS
ACTUALLY DID DISCOLOR BUT SHE HERSELF DIDN'T HOLD IT TO BE TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 09-18-1972

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WART CURE

TO CURE A WART, RUB A RAW POTATO OVER IT AFTER YOU'VE CUT THE
POTATO OPEN. THEN THROW THE POTATO IN A FIELD. THE WART WILL
DISAPPEAR.

Where learned: OVER THE TELEPHONE

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

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WARTS

WHEN A PERSON HAS WARTS COUNT THE NUMBER OFWARTS AND GO TO THE
DRAIN-SPOUT WHERE THE RAIN WATER RUNS OUT AND PICK UP THESAME
NUMBER OF SMALL PEBBLES. PUT THE PEBBLES INA PRETTY
HANDKERCHIEF AND TIE THEM IN A KNOT INSIDE IT. TAKE THE
HANDKERCHIEF WITH THE PEBBLES INSIDE IT TO A FORK IN THE ROAD
DROP IT, THE FIRST PERSON TO PICK IT UP WILL GET YOUR WARTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-05-1972

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CURER

THERE USED TO BE SIGNS ALONG GRAND RIVER THAT READ "READINGS".
PEOPLE WOULD CALL THESE PLACES TO HAVE ONE OF THE CURERS COME
OVER AND HEAL ONE OF THEIR SICK. THEY WOULD COME OVER WITH A
BIBLE, OPEN IT TO A CERTAIN PASSAGE AND PRAY OVER THE SICK
PERSON. THEN THEY WOULD PLACE A HANDKERCHIEF ON THE PLACE OF
PAIN. AFTER A WHILE THEY WOULD REMOVE IT AND BURN IT IN THE
FIRE. PEOPLE BELIEVED THIS TRANSFERRED THE PAIN TO THE FIRE.
THE SICK PERSON WAS USUALLY WELL AFTER THIS. THESE CURERS
ALSO MADE THE SIGN OF THE CROSS IN FOUR DIFFERENT WAYS AS PART
OF THEIR RITUAL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Curer
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-03-1972

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WARTS

TO GET RID OF WARTS, TIE A HORSE HAIR AROUND IT. THEN THE WARTS
WILL FALL OFF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): MAGIC CIRCLE? TRANSFER?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 10-00-1974

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TOOTHACHE CURE

IN KENTUCKY, ONE TOUCHES AN ELDER TREE WITH THE HAND OF THAT
SIDE WHERE THE AILIMG TOOTH IS LOCATED, AND SAYS THREE TIMES:
MY TEETH ARE ACHING,
A BLACK ONE, A WHITE, A RED ONE,
I WISH THEY WOULD BLEED TO DEATH,
IN THE NAME OF GOD THE FATHER.

Submitter comment: THIS TOOTHACE CURE WAS TOLD TO ME BY A FORMER NEIGHBOR WHO WAS A
NATIVE OF VIRGINIA AND OF GERMAN BACKGROUND. SHE HAS SINCE
MOVED BACK TO THE SOUTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00001930S

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TOOTHACHE CURE
THE GERMANS BORE A HOLE IN A TREE AND CHEW, WHILE STANDING NEAR THE
TREE, A PIECE OF BREAD WITH THE AILING TOOTH; ONE-HALF OF THE BREAD
IS SWALLOWED, THE OTHER HALF IS PLUGGED INTO THE HOLE, DURING
WHICH PROCEDURE THE PATIENT SAYS? 'TREE, I GIVE THEE ONE-HALF
OF WHAT I POSSESS; TAKE FROM ME ALL OF MY PAIN AND CONDUCT IT TO
THE GROUND.'

Submitter comment: THIS TOOTHACE CURE WAS TOLD TO ME BY A FORMER NEIGHBOR WHO WAS A
NATIVE OF VIRGINIA AND OF GERMAN BACKGROUND. SHE HAS SINCE
MOVED BACK TO THE SOUTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): PLUGGING ; TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00001930S

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WHEN SHE WOULD GET A SEVERE BACKACHE, SHE WOULD SEND HER SON OUT TO
THE RAINBARREL TO GET A FROG. THEN HER SON WOULD PUT THE FROG IN
HER GIRDLE (SHE WAS TINY AND WORE A GIRDLE FOR BACK SUPPORT.).
WHEREVER THE PAIN WAS THE FROG WOULD GO AND IT WOULD SET RIGHT
WHERE THE PAIN WAS. WHEN THE FROG DIED THE PAIN WAS GONE.
IT TOOK ABOUT 15 MINUTES FOR THE FROG TO DIE.

Data entry tech comment: ONE PARENTHESIS ADDED BY KEYPUNCHER

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONTAGIOUS MAGIC ; TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 02-22-1967

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BACKACHE REMEDY (ITALIAN)

TAKE A PIECE OF CLOTH, PUT A HALF DOLLAR IN IT.
LAY ON YOUR STOMACH, SOMEONE RUBS YOUR BACK.
LIGHT THE CLOTH ON THE PERSON'S BACK AND COVER WITH GLASS.
DO THIS 5 TIMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): BACKACHE ; HEAT REMEDY ; TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 12-00-1969

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GOOD LUCK

TAKE THREE VERY SILVER QUARTERS AND PUT THEM ON YOUR BACK.
NEXT TAKE A GLASS AND PUT IT OVER THE THREE QUARTERS.
FINALLY, LIGHT A CANDLE UNDER THE GLASS AND IT WILL DRAW
ALL OF THE EVIL SPIRITS OUT OF YOUR BACK.

Submitter comment: HIS GRANDMOTHER TOLD HIM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; J L HUDSONS COMPANY

Keyword(s): BACKACHE ; TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 12-02-1967

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THROAT CURE

TOUCH THE HAND OF A DEAD INFANT TO A PERSON'S THROAT TO CURE IT.

Submitter comment: MRS. DUNMIRE SAID THAT HER MOTHER, WHO HAD A GOITER, DID THIS
WHEN SHE DRESSED A LITTLE BABY BEFORE ITS FUNERAL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DEATH BELIEF ; TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 01-00-1970

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METHOD OF CURING

THE BEST AND QUICKEST WAY TO CURE A SWOLLEN GOITER
IS TO WRAP A GREEN SNAKE (CAN BE A GARDEN SNAKE) AROUND YOUR NECK
AND KEEP IT THERE FOR 1 OR 2 HOURS UNTIL THE SWELLING GOES AWAY.

Submitter comment: ACCORDING TO THE INDIAN (AMERICAN) GIRL THAT GAVE ME THIS,
IT HAS CURED MANY GOITERS FOR HER BROTHER-IN-LAW.

Data entry tech comment: THIS SECTION OF THE ARCHIVES CONTAINS SEVERAL SIMILAR ITEMS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; J L HUDSONS

Keyword(s): ANIMAL CURE ; SYMPATHETIC MAGIC ; TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-25-1969

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TO CURE A HEADCAHE

SLICE A RAW POTATOE. PUT IT IN A CLOTH AND PLACE IT ON THE HEAD.

Submitter comment: THIS REALLY WORKS. INFORMANT'S MOTHER TOLD HER THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Keyword(s): TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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METHOD OF CURING

TO GET RID OF HICCOUGHS, THE BLADE OF A KNIFE SHOULD BE PLACED
ON THE TONGUE BY ANOTHER PERSON AND THE TONGUE SHOULD
BE KEPT EXTENDED WITH THE KNIFE ON IT.

Submitter comment: FROM MOTHER

Data entry tech comment: OTHER METHODS RECOMMENDED IN OTHER REFERENCES IN ARCHIVE:
STANDING ON YOUR HEAD
HOLDING YOUR BREATH
BREATHING INTO A PAPER BAG
PUTTING YOUR HEAD BETWEEN YOUR LEGS
BLOWING UP A BALLOON.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 11-05-1967

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WHEN A TYPE OF INFECTION OR SORE IS FOUND TO BE MEDICALLY
INCURABLE, THE FOLLOWING METHOD IS TO BE USED AS A CURE.
A PIECE OF CLOTH THAT A DECEASED PERSON WAS CLEANSED WITH
IS TO BE STROKED ACROSS THE INFECTED AREA THREE TIMES AND
THEN DISPOSED OF IN A DAMP PLACE.
BEFORE THE CLOTH WILL DECAY THE SORE SHOULD BE HEALED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; WEDDING

Keyword(s): INFECTION ; TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

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STY

IF YOU HAVE A STY IN YOUR EYE, TO GET RID OF IT YOU CROSS
AN INTERSECTION CATTY CORNER AND RECITE THIS RHYME:
STY, STY LEAVE MY EYE
GO TO THE NEXT ONE WHO PASSES BY.

Submitter comment: (INFORMANT BELIEVES IN THIS BECAUSE WHEN SHE TRIED IT WHEN SHE
WAS YOUNG SHE WAITED TO SEE WHO THE NEXT PERSON WAS. HER STY LEFT,
BUT THE GUY WHO PASSED BY INSTEAD OF GETTING IT, DIED.)

Data entry tech comment: COLLECTOR'S SPELLING CORRECTED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RHYME ; TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.760
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 09-20-1968

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