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TAKE A DIP IN THE GANGA RIVER AND YOU WILL WASH AWAY YOUR SINS.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A HINDU RITUAL. THE RIVER IS FAST RUNNING AND VERY
POLLUTED. A DIP IN THIS RIVER COULD KILL YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): GANGES? ; RITUAL BATHING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Running water Large current.

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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In Baghdad, Iraq swimming in the Tigris and Euphrates river
after the holy month of Ramadan is said to be the last
cleansing process of the soul. Only Moslems participate in
this religious ceremony.

Submitter comment: My father told me this story because he knew of many
individuals who would participate in the ceremony.

Where learned: BAGHDAD ; IRAQ

James Callow Keyword(s): bathing

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 00-00-1948

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CUSTOM

ON EASTER MORNING, WHEN THE CHURCH BELLS RING, THE MOTHERS BATHE
THEIR BABIES SO IF THEY ARE FRIGHTENED OF ANYTHING, THE FRIGHT WILL
BE WASHED AWAY.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): bathing ; HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC ; WASHING ; WATER

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting F663.12
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

Date learned: 11-11-1967

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The reason the modern girl's bathing suit is real cool is that most of it is real gone.

Submitter comment:

Heard it at Awrey's Bakery where I worked last summer.

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Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Submission card located in pile marked These don't sound traditional - Do Not File Yet.

Keyword(s): Bathing Suit ; Bikini ; Fashion ; Female ; Girl ; HUMOR ; JOKE ; MODERN ; PUN ; Woman

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

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Women's Clothing:

Nothing can replace today's women's bathing suit; in fact, it already has.

Submitter comment:

Heard this at Awrey's Bakery where I worked last summer.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Submission card located in pile marked These don't sound traditional - Do Not File Yet.

Keyword(s): Bathing Suit ; Bikini ; Fashion ; Female ; Girl ; HUMOR ; JOKE ; PUN ; WOMEN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

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FEVER CURE:
COOL A FEVER BY FREQUENTLY SPONGING OFF WITH SODA WATER

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): bathing ; CURE ; Fever ; REMEDY ; Sponging ; WATER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 07-09-1973

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