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The Legend of the Shoe Tree

This is the Legend of the Shoe Tree: If you drive down a
certain back road (road name not known) in Northville, Michigan
you will come across a tree with hundreds of shoes thrown up into
it. Legend has it that a murderer used to kill his victims and
leave his mark by throwing each victim's shoes into the tree. It
is also believed that anyone who touches the tree or anything in
it will be cursed and then die.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

James Callow Keyword(s): Touching tabu

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Curse
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1990

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Superstition

Superstition:

That warts come from handling frogs

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Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P880.440] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AMPHIBIAN ; ANIMAL ; BELIEF ; CURE ; Fallacy ; FROG ; HEALTH ; ILLNESS ; MEDICINE ; SUPERSTITION ; Touching tabu ; Warts

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

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