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IN MANY ENGLISH FAMILIES, THE MOTHER OF THE BRIDE
GIVES HER DAUGHTER A SILVER HORSESHOE (USUALLY
CARDBOARD) ON THE MORNING OF THE WEDDING. THE
BRIDE THEN PLACES IT AMONG HER FLOWERS ON A
RIBBON AND WEARS IT ALL DAY. SHE REMOVES IT
BEFORE THROWING HER BOUQUET AT THE END OF THE DAY
AND KEEPS IT FOR THE REST OF HER MARRIED LIFE.
IT IS BOTH A GOOD LUCK TOKEN AND A SYMBOL OF HER
PARENT'S BLESSING.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT, A NATIVE ENGLISH GIRL, LEARNED THIS
FROM HER MOTHER AS A YOUNG GIRL IN ENGLAND. THE
CUSTOM IS NOT LIMITED TO HER FAMILY BUT IS
TRADITIONAL IN A GREAT MANY ENGLISH WEDDINGS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ENGLAND ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bouquet and garter

Date learned: 10-13-1963

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IT IS A COMMON CUSTOM IN MANY COUNTRIES THROUGHOUT THE
WORLD FOR THE HUSBAND TO CARRY HIS WIFE ACROSS THE
THRESHOLD ON THEIR WEDDING NIGHT.

Where learned: ENGLAND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Carrying bride over threshold

Date learned: 03-25-1968

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TIBETAN

IT WAS AN OLD MARRIAGE CUSTOM IN TIBET FOR THE
BROTHER OF THE HUSBAND TO CARRY ON SEXUAL RELATIONS
WITH THE HUSBAND'S WIFE.

Where learned: ENGLAND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Day after wedding

Date learned: 03-25-1968

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IN ENGLAND, NEW BUILDINGS ARE ADORNED WITH A WREATH, AND
A PARTY IS GIVEN BY THE BUILDER AND THE OWNER AS A GOOD
LUCK CELEBRATION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ENGLAND ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Foundation rite Laying of cornerstone
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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Superstition

Protection Against Vampires:

Garlic is a charm to be used against vampires.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P400] crossed out. Replaced with current classification

Where learned: ENGLAND ; WORCESTER

Keyword(s): Garlic ; Lore ; MYTH ; Protection ; Protective ; SPICE ; SUPERSTITION ; Vampire

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire

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Ways to Kill a Vampire

Preventing a vampire from returning to his casket before sunrise by hiding or burning his casket or separating it from its "native soil" will kill him.

Data entry tech comment:

Collector stamped a home address stamp onto the card in the place of "collector data."

Original Stamp: Mrs. W.E. Givens, Jr.

They then crossed out the Prefix and first initials [Mrs. W.E.] and scrawled over the suffix [Jr.]. Indecipherable writing over suffix, but may be Rev. or Esq.

 

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original Boggs number [P408] is crossed out and replaced with P427.

Where learned: ENGLAND ; WORCESTER

Keyword(s): Casket ; FIRE ; Undead ; Vampire ; Vanquish

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire

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PROTECTION AGAINST VAMPIRES

A HANGING CROSS MADE OF ROWAN WOOD TIED TOGETHER
WITH RED THREAD AND SAYING:
HOLY TREE, RED THREAD,
SAVE US NOW FROM THOSE UNDEAD.
WILL PROTECT ONE FROM A VAMPIRE.

Where learned: ENGLAND ; WORCESTER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.646
BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire
BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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PROTECTION AGAINST VAMPIRES

THE USE OF A CROSS BETWEEN YOUR EYES AND THE VAMPIRES
WILL PROTECT YOU FROM HIM (?).

Where learned: ENGLAND ; WORCESTER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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WHO BECOMES A VAMPIRE

UNBAPTISED PEOPLE BURIED IN UNHALLOWED GROUND WILL BECOME VAMPIRES.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: ENGLAND ; WORCESTER

Keyword(s): BAPTISM ; SUPERSTITION ; Undead ; Vampire

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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WAYS TO KILL A VAMPIRE

DRIVING A WOODEN STAKE THROUGH THE HEART OF A VAMPIRE WILL KILL HIM.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: ENGLAND ; WORCESTER

Keyword(s): Kill ; Lore ; SUPERSTITION ; Undead ; Vampire

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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WAYS TO KILL A VAMPIRE

SHOOTING A VAMPIRE WITH A SILVER OR OTHER BULLET WITH
A CROSS CARVED ON THE SLUG WITH A KNIFE WILL KILL HIM.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: ENGLAND ; WORCESTER

Keyword(s): Cross ; Kill ; SUPERSTITION ; SYMBOL ; Undead ; Vampire

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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PROTECTION AGAINST VAMPIRES

JUMPING OVER NATURALLY RUNNING WATER WILL PREVENT
A VAMPIRE FROM FOLLOWING YOU--BECAUSE THEY ARE UNABLE OF CROSSING IT.

Where learned: ENGLAND ; WORCESTER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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WAYS TO KILL A VAMPIRE

THROWING HOLY WATER ON A VAMPIRE WILL KILL HIM.

Where learned: ENGLAND ; WORCESTER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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WAYS TO KILL A VAMPIRE

FEEDING A VAMPIRE TYPE "O" BLOOD WILL KILL HIM.

Where learned: ENGLAND ; WORCESTER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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WHO BECOMES A VAMPIRE

DEAD PEOPLE NOT BURIED WITHIN 5 DAYS WILL BECOME A VAMPIRE.

Where learned: ENGLAND ; WORCESTER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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WHO BECOMES A VAMPIRE

WEREWOLVES KILLED BY MAGICAL MEANS WILL
IN FIVE DAYS RETURN AS A VAMPIRE.

Where learned: ENGLAND ; WORCESTER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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WHO WILL BECOME A VAMPIRE

A PERSON WILL BE A VAMPIRE IF HE IS BORN ON HALLOWEEN
OR CONCEIVED ON WOLPURGIS NIGHT--THE NIGHT BEFORE MAY 1.

Where learned: ENGLAND ; WORCESTER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 30
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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WHO BECOMES A VAMPIRE

A PERSON BECOMES A VAMPIRE IF HE HIMSELF IS A VICTIM OF A VAMPIRE.

Where learned: ENGLAND ; WORCESTER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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PROTECTION AGAINST VAMPIRES

TORCHES WAVED WILDLY IS A PROTECTIVE CHARM AGAINST VAMPIRES.

Where learned: ENGLAND ; WORCESTER

Keyword(s): FIRE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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WAYS TO KILL A VAMPIRE

CUTTING OFF A PART OF A VAMPIRE'S BODY WILL KILL HIM--
BECAUSE VAMPIRE SPIRITS CAN ONLY RESIDE IN THE WHOLE BODIES.

Where learned: ENGLAND ; WORCESTER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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