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Ethnic: Native American

Indian Death Belief:

Among the Lakota Indians, the Informant believes that the death customs among these particular Indians shows a consciousness of ancestry but not ancestor worship.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AMERICAN INDIAN ; ANCESTRY ; BURIAL ; CUSTOM ; DEATH ; ETHNIC ; Funeral ; Native American

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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Proverb

The sleeping fox catches no poultry.

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Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original Bn [V600] crossed out. Replaced with current classifications.

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; ATTENTION ; Aware ; Chicken ; Fox ; Hunt ; LAZY ; METAPHOR ; Poultry ; SLEEP

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Proverb

If at first you don't succeed; try, try again.

Submitter comment:

Learned from her mother

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Succeed ; SUCCESS ; Try ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

If at first you don't succeed, try try again.

Submitter comment:

Heard it from my dad.

Data entry tech comment:

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James Callow comment:

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

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Maxim ; Persevere ; PROVERB ; Succeed ; SUCCESS ; Try ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

If at first you don't succeed, try try again.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Maxim ; Persevere ; PROVERB ; Succeed ; SUCCESS ; Try ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Proverb

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained.

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Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Attempt ; Gain ; Gamble ; Loss ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; RISK ; Try ; Venture ; VERSE ; Win

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Autograph Verse

Album Rhyme:

Yours till Germany gets Hungary and cooks Turkey in Greece and serves it on China.

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Keyword(s): AUTOGRAPH ; China ; COUNTRY ; Devotion ; Germany ; Hungary ; Nations ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN ; Signature ; Turkey ; VERSE ; WORDPLAY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music

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Language

In some country places stepping into cow manure is called "cutting your foot."

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Keyword(s): Colloquialism ; COUNTRY ; Cow ; Cutting ; Foot ; MANURE ; REGIONAL ; SLANG ; Step ; Term

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

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Language

Greeting - of a special kind:

In Australia, instead of asking if you have been waited on, the salesgirl asks "are you right?"

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James Callow comment:

original BN [S500] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): Australia ; COUNTRY ; Culture ; GREETING ; Nation ; Restaurant ; RIGHT ; Service ; Waitress

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Language

Many people in middle Tenn. speak of living in the "Bible Belt" of the state because churches are so prominent.

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Keyword(s): Belt ; BIBLE ; CHURCH ; COUNTRY ; Language ; Nickname ; REGIONAL ; SLANG ; STATE ; Tennessee ; Vocabulary

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

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Belief

The pishtace are nocturnal murderers of Indians. The pishtaco murder Indians in order to obtain human fat to be sold as lubricants for machinery and to be used in pharmacuticals.

The legend derives from 16th and 17th centurey Spanish practices of using human body fats as treatment for wounds and diseases. the people who tell this tale are poor Indians and the pishtaco are usually wealthy industrial men in the area. The tale helps draw lines of social class.

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Where learned: Journal of American Folklore ; The Pishtaco: Institutionalized Fear in Highland Peru

Keyword(s): BODY ; Cultural ; Culture ; Fat ; FEAR ; HORROR ; INDIAN ; INDUSTRY ; Kill ; Lubrication ; Machinery ; MEDICINE ; MURDER ; Native American ; Peru ; Peruvian ; Pharmaceutical ; Pishtaco ; Poor ; Social Class ; Wealthy

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO CUT A FRAME FOR A WINDOW OR A DOOR
INSIDE A HOUSE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BAD LUCK ; Carpentry ; Craft ; Cut ; Door ; frame ; House ; Indoors ; Inside ; LUCK ; Window

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 11-22-1972

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A TRIANGLE ON THE PALM INDICATES INTELLIGENCE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Intelligence ; Palm ; Palmistry ; SIGN ; SUPERSTITION ; Triangle

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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GERMAN SONG

DU, DU LIEGHT MIR IN HERZON.
DU, DU LIEGHT MIR IN HERZEN,
DU, DU LIEGST MIR IM SINN.
DU, DU MAEHST MIR VIEL SCHMER-ZEN,
WEIST NICHT WIE GUT ICH DIR BIN;
JA, JA, JA, JA WEIST NIGHT, WIE GUT ICH DIR BIN! MM
YOU, YOU ARE IN MY HEART.
YOU, YOU ARE IN MY HEART,
YOU, YOU ARE IN MY MIND.
YOU, YOU GIVE ME MUCH PAIN,
DON'T YOU KNOW HOW GOOD I AM TO YOU.
YES, YES, YES, YES DON'T YOU KNOW HOW GOOD I AM TO YOU!

Submitter comment:

FIRST VERSE OF TWO VERSES. SUNG WHILE A CHILD IN FREEPORT,
MINNESOTA (NEAR ST. CLOUD).

Data entry tech comment:

Keypunched by R.J.Miller 11/82

Updated by TRD 01/12

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; FREEPORT ; NEAR ST CLOUD

Keyword(s): GERMAN ; LOVE ; Lyrics ; Poetry ; RHYME ; SONG

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

Date learned: 11-00-1971

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GERMAN SONG

DU, DU LEAGST MIR IN HERTSAN
DU, DU LEAGST MIR IN SINN
DU, DU MACHTS MIR FIEL SMERTZEN.
WEISS NIHT WIE GUT ICHT DIR BINN
YA, YA, YA WEISS NICHT GUT ICHT DIR BINN.
DANN, DANN LIEBE AUCH DICH, DANN DANN
WOLL ICH SOLL GERNE DAS UNS DIE LIEBE VAIRINT. MM
YOU, YOU ARE IN MY HEART AGAIN.
YOU, YOU ARE IN MY MIND AGAIN.
YOU, YOU MAKE MUCH SORROW.
YOU DON'T KNOW HOW GOOD I AM TO YOU.
YES, YES YOU DON'T KNOW HOW GOOD I'VE BEEN.
THEN, THEN I LOVE YOU; THEN, THEN I WISH THAT OUR LOVE WOULD
UNITE.

Data entry tech comment:

Keypunched by R.J.Miller 11/82

Updated by TRD 01/12

Keyword(s): GERMAN ; LOVE ; Lyrics ; Poetry ; SONG

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

Date learned: 09-00-1968

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

MOST ARMENIAN FAMILIES HAVE MANY DIFFERENT PASTRIES IN THEIR
HOMES DURING CHRISTMAS. THESE PASTRIES INCLUDE BAKLAVA (A HONEY
AND NUT PASTRY) AND A WHITE COOKIE WITH FLOUR OVER IT.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT HAS SEEN THESE FOODS IN ARMENIAN HOMES TODAY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Armenian ; Baklava ; CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; ETHNIC ; FOOD ; holiday ; PASTRY ; tradition

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Pastry

Date learned: 11-01-1971

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