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ON CHRISTMAS MORNING, IF YOU SAW SOMEONE AND SAID
"CHRISTMAS GIFT" BEFORE THEY DID, THEN THEY HAD TO
GIVE YOU A PRESENT.

Where learned: WORK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Gifts, gift giving at Christmas

Date learned: 12-02-1967

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HAND GAME CALLED "OLD GREY HORSE," WHERE YOU HOLD
OBJECTS IN HAND. THE OPPONENT SAYS "OLD GREY
HORSE MADE (1, 2, 3, ETC.) LAPS." IF HE GUESSES
CORRECTLY HE GETS THE OBJECTS. IF HE LOSES, HE
OWES THE OTHER ONE THAT MANY OBJECTS AS HE GUESSED.

Where learned: WORK

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

Date learned: 10-30-1971

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BACALI

THE GAME OF BACALI IS PLAYED WITH CHILDREN AND ONE
ADULT. THE ADULT CUPS HIS HAND IN HIS LAP AND ONE
OF THE CHILDREN BENDS OVER AND HIDES HIS EYES IN THE
HAND. THE ADULT POINTS TO ONE OF THE OTHER CHILDREN
WHO ARE GATHERED AROUND, THIS CHILD THEN GIVES THE
ONE WHO IS BENT OVER A SWAT ON THE RUMP. THE CHILD
WHO IS HIT THEN TRIES TO GUESS WHO HIT HIM. IF HE
GUESSES RIGHT, THE ONE WHO HIT HIM IS IT. IF HE
GUESSES WRONG, HE HAS TO BEND OVER AGAIN AND
CONTINUE BEING SLAPPED UNTIL HE GUESSES THE RIGHT ONE.

Where learned: WORK

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

Date learned: 12-02-1967

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GO SHEEPY GO

THIS IS A GAME OF HIDE AND SEEK. THE ONE WHO IS IT
COVERS HIS EYES AND COUNTS TO TEN WHILE THE OTHERS
HIDE. AFTER HE FINISHES COUNTING, HE SHOUTS, "GO
SHEEPY, GO," AND STARTS TO LOOK FOR THE OTHERS.

Where learned: WORK

Subject headings: --

Date learned: 12-02-1967

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CATCH THE FOX BY THE TAIL

THIS IS AN INITIATION GAME FOR A NEW BOY IN THE
COMMUNITY. IT IS PLAYED WITH A BROOMSTICK, OF WHICH
ONE END HAS BEEN DIPPED IN MANURE. THE GAME IS
PLAYED AT NIGHT AND THE HONOR IS TO BE THE ONE WHO
CARRIES THE BROOMSTICK.
ONE OF THE BOYS PUTS THE STICK BETWEEN HIS LEGS, WITH
THE DIPPED END IN BACK. THEN HE RUNS AND THE REST
HAVE TO GRAB THE STICK. THE WINNER THEN HAS THE
HONOR OF RUNNING WITH THE STICK. THE NEW BOY IS
ALWAYS THE WINNER, BUT AFTER HE CATCHES THE FOX,
HE DOESN'T CARE ABOUT THE HONOR OF CARRYING THE
STICK.

Where learned: WORK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing F686.1

Date learned: 12-02-1967

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GRAB BAG

THIS IS AN INITIATION GAME FOR A NEW BOY IN THE
COMMUNITY. YOU GET A PAPER BAG AND TELL EVERYONE
TO PUT SOMETHING OF VALUE IN IT. THOSE IN ON THE
GAME PUT IN MONEY, OR A WRIST WATCH. THEN EVERYONE
MUST TURN AROUND AND COVER THEIR EYES. WHEN THIS
IS DONE, THE LEADER OF THE GAME DUMPS OUT THE ARTICLES
AND REPLACES THEM WITH MANURE. HE SETS THE BAG OUT
IN THE OPEN AND TELLS THE REST TO TURN AROUND. HE
COUNTS TO THREE AND EVERYONE RUNS TO THE BAG. THE
WINNER BEING THE FIRST ONE TO GRAB AN ARTICLE FROM
THE BAG. THE NEW BOY, WHO IS ALWAYS THE WINNER, GETS
A RATHER UNPLEASANT SURPRISE.

Where learned: WORK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing F686.1

Date learned: 12-02-1967

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SNIPE HUNT

THIS IS A GAME PLAYED WITH SOMEONE WHO IS NEW TO
THE AREA. THE GAME STARTS AFTER DARK. THE NEW
PERSON IS GIVEN THE HONOR OF CAPTURING THE SNIPE.
HE IS EQUIPPED WITH A BURLAP BAG AND SOME STICKS.
YOU TAKE HIM INTO THE HILLS AND PICK OUT A GOOD
SPOT TO CATCH SNIPE. YOU TELL HIM TO TAKE OFF HIS
SHOES SO THAT HE WON'T MAKE ANY NOISE AND SCARE THE
SNIPE AWAY, AND THAT YOU WILL PUT THE SHOES BY A
CERTAIN BUSH. THEN YOU TELL HIM THAT SNIPE GO INTO
DARK PLACES AND FOR HIM TO PROP THE BAG OPEN AND HOLD
IT WHILE YOU GO OUT AND DRIVE THE SNIPE TO HIM.
THEN YOU TAKE HIS SHOES AND GO BACK HOME, LEAVING
HIM UP IN THE HILLS.

Where learned: WORK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing F686.1

Date learned: 12-02-1967

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OMEN

ACCORDING TO THE SCOTS, IF A MAN HAS HIS HAT ON IN A HOUSE, A
FIGHT IS GOING TO OCCUR.

Where learned: WORK ; TOLD AT ; DETROIT BOARD OF

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 03-17-1970

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OMEN

FOR THE SCOTTISH PEOPLE, A BIRD IN A WINDOW MEANS SICKNESS IS COMING

Where learned: WORK ; TOLD AT ; DETROIT BOARD OF

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 03-17-1970

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OMEN

FOR THE FRENCH, A BIRD ON A WINDOWSILL MEANS DEATH.

Where learned: WORK ; TOLD AT ; DETROIT BOARD OF

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 03-17-1970

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INDIANS BELIEVE THAT THEIR SOULS GO TO THE "HAPPY
HUNTING GROUNDS" UPON DEATH, REGARDLESS OF
WHAT THEY DID IN LIFE.

Where learned: WORK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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INDIANS BELIEVE THERE ARE ONLY TWO WAYS IN WHICH THE
SOUL CAN BE PREVENTED FROM REACHING "THE HAPPY HUNTING
GROUNDS." ONE WAY IS BY BEING SCALPED, AND THE
OTHER METHOD IS BY STRANGULATION. THEY BELIEVE THAT
THE SOUL ESCAPES THROUGH THE MOUTH AND HENCE
STRANGULATION PREVENTS IT.

Where learned: WORK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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IF A DOG HOWLED AT A FULL MOON, THEN SOMEONE HAD DIED.
IF A BIRD FLEW INTO A HOUSE, SOMEONE IN THE FAMILY
IS GOING TO DIE.

Submitter comment: DOES NOT KNOW ORIGIN

Where learned: WORK

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 12-02-1967

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IF YOU SAW A SHOOTING STAR, THEN SOMEONE WAS GOING TO DIE.

Submitter comment: ORIGIN: DOESN'T KNOW.

Where learned: WORK

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 12-02-1967

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BACKACHE CURE

DIP A STRING IN TURPENTINE AND TIE IT AROUND YOUR WAIST.

Where learned: WORK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Medicine

Date learned: 08-12-1968

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IF YOU CUT YOUR FINGERNAILS ON SUNDAY YOU WILL BE GROUCHY
ALL WEEK.

Where learned: WORK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails

Date learned: 08-12-1968

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TONGUE TWISTER

A TUTOR TUTORED TWO TOOTERS TO TOOT. SAID THE TWO TO THE
TUTOR, "IS IT EASIER TO TOOT OR TO TUTOR TWO TOOTERS TO
TOOT?"

Where learned: WORK ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 04-00-1970

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AT CHRISTMAS TIME ALL THE KIDS IN THE FAMILY GET A SHOT OF WHISKEY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: WORK ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; DRINK ; holiday

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

Date learned: 10-30-1971

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"WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME FOR? I DIDN'T COME TO STAY. I ONLY CAME
TO TELL YOU THIS IS EASTER DAY."

Submitter comment: THIS IS A GREETING BY THE CHURCH DEACON TO THE CONGREGATION AT
EASTER MASS.

Where learned: WORK ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): RITUAL SPEECH

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.663
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

Date learned: 10-30-1971

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NUMBER BELIEF

NUMBER THIRTEEN IN SOME PLACES IS CONCIDERED BAD LUCK.
THERE WILL BE NO ROOM 13 OR FLOOR 13 OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT.

Submitter comment: THIS SUPERSTITION ABOUT 13 IS VERY PREVALENT IN LATIN AMERICA.

Where learned: WORK ; TOLD AT ; IRA WILSON AND SONS

Subject headings: 686 Specific number by specific number being described

Date learned: 02-28-1970

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