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GHOST IN GUAJATACA

IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE GHOST OF A WOMAN KILLED IN A CAR ACCIDENT
STILL ROAMS ASKING FOR RIDES AND DISAPPEARING AFTERWARDS. SHE IS
DRESSED IN WHITE. SEVERAL PEOPLE CLAIM TO HAVE SEEN HER.

Submitter comment: SIMILAR TALES LIKE THIS ONE HAVE BEEN TOLD IN DIFFERENT TOWNS OF THE
ISLAND.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO ; GUAJATACA

James Callow Keyword(s): AUTOMOBILE

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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PREDICTION

IF YOU BATHE IN THE FIRST RAIN OF MAY YOU WILL REMAIN YOUNG.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
BELIEF -- P456
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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WEATHER BELIEF

IF THE AVOCADO TREE BLOOMS LATE THERE WILL BE STORM.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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CAUSE OF PREGNANCY

IF A WOMAN IS PREGNANT IT IS SAID THAT SHE SWALLOWED AN AVOCADO PIT..

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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BAQUINE

WHEN A CHILD DIES HE IS DRESSED IN WHITE AND ADORNED WITH FLOWERS.
THEN IN THE WAKE HE IS SUNG LULLABIES AND OTHER COMFORTING SONGS.
SOME OF THESE ARE QUITE SCARY AND WILL DEAL WITH THE DEVIL OR A
SPECIAL GNOME WHO STEALS CHILDREN.

Submitter comment: THIS IS DONE ONLY BY THE PEASANTS IN THE CENTER OF THE ISLAND.
BAQUINE IS AN INDIAN WORD FOR THIS KIND OF CEREMONY

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cradle song Lullaby
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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SOCIAL DEBUT

WHEN A GIRL IS FIFTEEN YEARS OLD SHE IS PRESENTED TO THE SOCIETY AS
A CELEBRATION FOR ATTAINING HER MATURITY. IT IS ACCOMPANIED WITH A
BIG DANCE AFTERWARDS.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dance
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.15

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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AMULET AGAINST EVIL EYE.

A FIGURE IS CARVED IN BLACK ROCK AND USED ON NECKLACE AND BRACELETS
TO GUARD OFF EVIL SPIRITS. IT IS USED VERY OFTEN ON BABIES.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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MAKE THE SEA ANGRY

IF YOU YELL AT THE OCEAN, MARIA LA O TU MADRE ES PUTA Y LA MIA NO,
WHICH MEANS, MARIA O YOUR MOTHER IS A WHORE BUT MINE IS NOT, YOU WILL
DOUBT CAUSE THE FURY OF THE SEA.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Still water Large body.
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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GENTLEMAN'S DUTY

WHEN A COUPLE IS WALKING ON A SIDEWALK THE MAN SHOULD BE ON THE
OUTSIDE. IF THE WOMAN IS ON THE OUTSIDE THE MAN IS SELLING HER TO
THE FIRST MAN AROUND.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

James Callow Keyword(s): PROSTITUTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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PATRON SAINT FESTIVAL

IN EVERY TOWN THERE IS A WEEK OF CELEBRATION, PARTYING, PARADES,
AND ENTERTAINMENT IN CONMEMORATION TO THE TOWNS SAINT.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system:
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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COCK FIGHTS

TO HAVE COCK FIGHTS IS A VERY COMMON ENTERTAINMENT THAT COMES FROM A
FEW CENTURIES BACK. PEOPLE BET ON THEIR FAVORITE ROOSTER.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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GUESSING GAME

A GROUP OF PERSONS HAVE TO GUESS WHAT THE LEADER IS THINKING ABOUT.
THEY GET CLUES WHEN HE TELLS THEM WITH WHICH LETTER IT STARTS AND
WITH WHICH LETTER IT FINISHES. IN SPANISH THE QUESTIONS ASKED RHYME.
FOR EXAMPLE VEO VEO, QUE VEZ; UNA COSITA, CON QUE LETRECITA; CON LA
LETRECITA----------.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

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

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST'S NIGHT.

ON THE EVE OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST'S DAY EVERYBODY GOES TO THE
BEACHES TO SPEND THE NIGHT THERE. THERE ARE CERTAIN RITUALS DONE ON
THAT NIGHT THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO BRING GOOD LUCK THE FOLLOWING YEAR.
FOR EXAMPLE: AT MIDNIGHT YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO THROW YOURSELF THREE
TIMES BACKWARDS IN THE SEA FOR GOOD HEALTH. A YOUNG GIRL SHOULD PUT
TWO NEEDLES IN A GLASS OF WATER,SYMBOLIZING HERSELF AND HER BOYFRIEND
IF THE NEXT DAY THE NEEDLES ARE TOGETHER SHE WILL MARRY THAT MAN.
ALSO SHE SHOULD PUT THREE BEANS UNDER HER PILLOW THAT NIGHT. ONE
SHOULD HAVE THE SKIN ON WHICH MEANS SHE WILL MARRY A RICH MAN. THE
SECOND ONE SHOULD BE HALF PEELED SIMBOLIZING MIDDLE CLASS WEALTH AND
THE THIRD ONE SHOULD BE COMPLETELY PEELED MEANING POVERTY. IN THE
MORNING SHE SHOULD PUT HER HAND UNDER THE PILLOW WITHOUT LOOKING,
AND TAKE ONE BEAN. THIS WILL DETERMINE HER ECONOMICAL STATUS IN HER
MARRIAGE. PUT A GLASS OF WATER UNDER YOUR BED TO KEEP THE EVIL SPIRIT
AWAY THE REST OF THE YEAR.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 23
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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BLESSING HOMES

IT IS A CUSTOM THAT WHEN A NEW HOUSE IS BUILT AS SOON AS THE POEPLE
MOVE IN, TO CELEBRATE A MASS WHERE THE PRIEST SPRINKLES HOLY WATER
IN EVERY ROOM OF THE HOUSE. THIS IS DONE TO PREVENT EVIL SPIRITS FROM
ENTERING.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
BELIEF -- Devil Demon

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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TOE BELIEF

IT IS SAID THAT IF A PERSON HAS THE SECOND TOE LONGER THAN THE BIG
ONE HE OR SHE WILL HAVE A DOMINANT PERSONALITY

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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UNKNOWN

A WOMAN THAT ARGUES A LOT WILL NEVER MARRY. THIS IS TOLD SO TO SCARE
THE ARGUING YOUNG GIRLS.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

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

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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UNKNOWN

IF YOU DIE HAVING A PROBLEM OR CONFLICT WITH ANOTHER PERSON YOU WILL
HAVE TO RESOLVE IT BEFORE YOU CAN REST IN PEACE.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

James Callow Keyword(s): HEAVEN- HELL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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UNKNOWN

IF YOU KIGHT THREE CIGARETTES WITH ONE MATCH THE THIRD PERSON WILL
DIE.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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VERSE OF THE PLENA

"CUANDO LAS MUJERES QUIEREN A LOS HOMBRES, PRENDEN CUATRO VELAS Y SE
LAS PONEN POR LOS RINCONES." WHICH MEANS WHEN THE WOMEN WANT A MAN
THEY LIGHT FOUR CANDLES AND PUT THEM IN THE CORNERS.

Submitter comment: THE PLENA IS A TYPICAL FOLKLORIC DANCE OF PUERTO RICO. THE LIGHTING
OF FOUR CANDLES IN FOR CORNERS SIMBOLIZES A RITUAL OF TAKING OVER THE
ROOM.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

Subject headings: 686 Fourths / Quarters
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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PREDICTION OF LOVE

IF YOU LIGHT A CIGARETTE SIDEWAYS YOU'RE IN LOVE.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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