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TO A JAUNDICED EYE, EVERYTHING APPEARS YELLOW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIBRARY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; INDIA ; BOMBAY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-15-1970

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HONESTY ALWAYS STARVES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIBRARY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; INDIA ; BOMBAY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-15-1970

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THE GREATEST CONQUEST IS CONQUEST OF SELF.

Submitter comment: ONE OF MANY PROVERBS TOLD TO ME BY INFORMANT, AN INDIAN WHO
IS A GRADUATE STUDENT IN CHEMISTRY AT UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIBRARY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; INDIA ; BOMBAY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-15-1970

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DESPERATE DISEASES REQUIRE DESPERATE REMEDIES.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS ONE OF MANY PROVERBS TOLD TO ME BY THE
INFORMANT AT ONE SITTING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIBRARY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; INDIA ; BOMBAY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-15-1970

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIBRARY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; INDIA ; BOMBAY

Keyword(s): LOAN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-15-1970

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LEND YOUR MONEY AND LOSE YOUR FRIENDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIBRARY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; INDIA ; BOMBAY

Keyword(s): LOAN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-15-1970

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IF IT TAKES TWO TO MAKE A BARGAIN, IT MUST TAKE TWO TO
BREAK IT.

Data entry tech comment: SPELLING CORRECTED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIBRARY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; INDIA ; BOMBAY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-15-1970

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IF YOU HEAR A RABBIT SCREAM, YOU WILL GO BLIND IN A SHORT TIME.

Where learned: INDIA

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 10-15-1987

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SHAVADRISTI: A MARRIAGE CUSTOM

BOTH BRIDE AND GROOM WEAR VEILS WHICH ARE REMOVED
JUST PRIOR TO THEIR MARRIAGE. SUCH AN UNVEILING IS
CALLED "SHAVADRISTI" OR "BLESSED SIGHT," AND WAS
TRADITIONALLY THE FIRST TIME THAT THE COUPLE HAD EVER
SEEN EACH OTHER.
THERE IS A SEPARATE BLESSING OF BOTH BRIDE AND GROOM
BY THEIR FRIENDS..

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; INDIA ; CALCUTTA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Headdress

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IN BENGAL, THE MARRIAGE CEREMONY BEGINS WITH THE BRIDE
BEING SEATED ON A TABLE-LIKE STRUCTURE WHICH IS THEN
LIFTED AND CIRCLED SEVEN TIMES AROUND THE GROOM.
THE BRIDE'S SARI (DRESS) IS THEN TIED TO THE GROOM
AND THE TWO OF THEM WALK SEVEN STEPS TOGETHER, WHICH
COMPLETES THE MARRIAGE CEREMONY.
IT IS BELIEVED TRADITIONALLY THAT A MAN MUST MARRY A
WOMAN WITH WHOM HE WALKS SEVEN OR MORE STEPS.

Submitter comment: SOURCE: CALCUTTA, INDIA

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; INDIA ; BENGAL ; CALCUTTA

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Ceremony

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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When my informant was in the Greek Merchant Marines, he traveled
to India. While driving on a road there, a guide that he was with
made him stop the truck. My informant asked why and the guide told
him that cows were sacred and had the right of way.

Submitter comment: My informant was stunned by the fact that a cow could be
considered sacred but did not question as to why. He just accepted
it.

Where learned: INDIA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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INDIAN BURIAL CUSTOM

THE BODY OF THE CECEASED IS CREMATED WITH SANDALWOOD.
THE ASHES ARE COLLECTED THE NEXT DAY AND THE FUNERAL
RITES ARE CONDUCTED BY THE ELDEST SON--AT WHICH WOMEN
ARE NOT ALLOWED. THE ASHES ARE THEN DEPOSITED IN
ANY RIVER, GENERALLY THE GANGES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; INDIA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 02-29-1968

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WEDDING CUSTOM IN INDIA

THE GIRLS AND THEIR GROOMS NEVER MEET. THE BRIDES ARE
ONLY 15 TO 17 YEARS OLD. A TROUSSEAU IS FURNISHED BY
THE GROOM'S FAMILY BUT A DOWRY IS PROVIDED BY TH
BRIDE'S FATHER. THE BRIDE MUST RECEIVE A MINIMUM OF
SEVEN NEW OUTFITS OR THE MARRIAGE WILL BE CALLED OFF.
THE HONEYMOON CONSISTS OF A 7 DAY VISIT TO THEIR
MOTHER-IN-LAW'S HOMES, WHERE THE BRIDES SIT ON THE
FLOOR AND NEVER SPEAK, WITH THEIR EYES CAST DOWN AND
EVEN REFUSE FOOD UNLESS URGED UPON THEM. THIS IS THE
WAY THE BRIDES SHOW THAT THEY ARE SWEET, HUMBLE AND
SHY--PERFECT COMPANIONS FOR THE MOTHERS' SONS. THE
GROOMS DO NOT HAVE TO FACE SUCH A TEST. THEY GO ABOUT
THEIR WORK, SHOWING HOW MANLY THEY ARE.

Where learned: INDIA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Ceremony

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FOUR THINGS ARE ALWAYS PRESENT AT AN INDIAN WEDDING.
OPEN SKY, FIRE, WATER AND LAND.

Where learned: INDIA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Ceremony

Date learned: 10-24-1968

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IN INDIA THE WOMEN WEAR A RING IN THEIR SECOND
TOE AS A SIGN OF MARRIAGE.

Where learned: INDIA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Wedding ring

Date learned: 10-24-1968

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AN INDIAN WOMAN WEARING A VERMILLION SPOT OR A
BLACK PEARL NECKLACE IS MARRIED. AFTER A CERTAIN
AGE THE VERMILLION SPOT IS WORN FOR BEAUTY,
BUT A SINGLE WOMAN CAN STILL BE DISTINGUISHED
BY THE BLACK PEARL NECKLACE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; INDIA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage F545.153

Date learned: 02-29-1968

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THE VERMILLION SPOT ON THE FOREHEAD OF AN INDIAN
WOMAN INDICATES THAT SHE IS MARRIED. ONCE THIS
OCCURS, SHE WILL TAKE OFFENSE IF SHE IS PAID A
COMPLIMENT ONCE MARRIED. AN EXAMPLE OF COMPLIMENT
WOULD BE, "YOU'RE VERY ATTRACTIVE THIS MORNING," ETC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; INDIA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage F545.153

Date learned: 02-29-1968

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HOLI

HOLI IS THE NAME OF THE INDIAN (FROM INDIA) FESTIVAL FOR
THE CELEBRATION OF THE ARRIVAL OF SPRING. THIS
FESTIVAL IS HELD SOMETIME IN MARCH. DURING IT, THE
FARMERS REJOICE AND SPRINKLE POWDERS OF MANY COLORS
OVER THEIR FIELDS. DIFFERENT COLORS ARE USED TO SHOW
THAT SPRING IS FULL OF COLORS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; INDIA

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting F663.9

Date learned: 10-23-1969

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INDIAN SUPERSTITION

AN INDIAN WILL FIND BAD LUCK IF HE SEES A SHOE OR
ANYTHING MADE OF LEATHER EARLY IN THE MORNING.
THIS IS BECAUSE THE SANDAL IS A MENIAL THING. THE
GREATEST HUMILIATION THAT ANOTHER PERSON CAN GIVE
IS TO HIT ANOTHER WITH HIS SANDAL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; INDIA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 02-29-1968

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IT WAS BELIEVED THAT THE MOONSTONE CONTAINED THE
RAYS OF THE MOON, WHICH COULD RID THE WEARER
OF FEARS AND NIGHTMARES.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN THE SERVICE WHILE STATIONED IN INDIA.

Where learned: OHIO ; INDIA ; WASHINGTON ; WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 12-05-1967

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