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WOUNDS

THE PERSON WHO GAVE ME THIS CURE LIVES IN DETROIT AND WAS IN EUROPE
DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR. URINATING ON OPEN WOUNDS OR SORES HELPS
TO SPEED UP THE HEALING PROCESS. THIS PERSON WAS IN A GERMAN LABOR
CAMP AND SAID THIS IS WHAT HE WAS TOLD TO DO
BY THE MEDICS WHEN HE WAS COLLECTING THE WOUNDED.

Where learned: GERMANY ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SORES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-08-1969

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THE CRYING JESUS

IN BAVARIA (BRAVARIA?) THERE IS A CHURCH NAMED ST. DENISE WHERE
IN THE 1400'S A GROUP OF VILLAGERS MADE A CROSS WITH CHRIST ON IT,
BUT THE CHRIST WAS SO UGLY AND WHEN USED THE PEOPLE WERE ALWAYS
HORRIFIED. SO IT WAS DECIDED TO GET A NEW ONE MADE--THE OLD CHRIST
WAS STORED IN A BARN AND FORGOTTEN. YEARS LATER A PEASANT WOMAN
FOUND IT AND BROUGHT IT HOME, WHERE TEARS STREAMED FROM THE EYES.
SHE TOOK IT TO THE PARISH PRIEST WHO CLAIMED A MIRACLE AND HE
BUILT A CHURCH IN THE CRYING JESUS'S IMAGE AND MEMORY. THE CROSS
IS STILL IN THE CENTER OF THE CHURCH.
PEOPLE TRULY BLIEVE IN THE MIRACLE.

Where learned: GERMANY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Church

Date learned: 10-02-1970

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IN GERMANY, TOUCHING OR SEEING A CHIMNEY SWEEP IS
CONSIDERED GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WAS TOLD OF THIS GOOD LUCK BELIEF ON A RECENT
TRIP TO GERMANY.

Where learned: GERMANY ; MINNESOTA ; DULUTH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 06-25-1969

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IN CLASPING YOUR HANDS, IF YOUR LEFT THUMB GOES OVER YOUR
RIGHT, YOUR HEART WILL RULE YOUR HEAD; IF YOUR RIGHT
THUMB GOES OVER YOUR LEFT, YOUR HEAD WILL RULE YOUR
HEART. (AFTER BEING TOLD THIS, I COULDN'T RESIST TRYING
IT MYSELF.) SHE HEARD THIS WHILE STUDYING IN GERMANY
IN 1967.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GERMANY ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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BAD WEATHER

WHEN THE SKY WAS "RED IN THE MORNING" DAD WOULD SAY
"SAILORS TAKE WARNING," BECAUSE BAD WEATHER WOULD
BE ON THE WAY. (PROBABLY COMES FROM HANOVER
IN GERMANY).

Submitter comment: NORTHERN LIGHTS ALSO WAS A SIGN OF BAD WEATHER.

Where learned: GERMANY ; ILLINOIS ; PEORIA ; HANOVER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 11-01-1971

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EARLY NEW YEAR'S MORNING (ABOUT 4:00 A.M.) THE CHILDREN
WOULD KNOCK ON EACH DOOR AND SHOUT:
ICH WUNSCHE EUCH ALLES GUT NEUES JAHR ALLEMITSAM,
KALBER UND KUHE UND ALS WAS IHR HAM.
I WISH EACH AND EVERYONE A GOOD NEW YEAR INCLUDING
CALVES, COWS, AND WHATEVER ELSE YOU HAVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GERMANY ; WARREN ; BAVARIA ; ALLGAU

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's

Date learned: 09-27-1968

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THE NUMERALS OF THE CURRENT YEAR ARE PRINTED ON THE
INSIDE OF THE BUILDINGS ABOVE THE FRONT DOOR OF THE
HOME AND ABOVE THE MAIN DOOR OF THE BARN.
EACH YEAR THE CHANGE IS MADE ON THE FEAST OF THE
EPIPHANY. FOR GOOD LUCK, THE INITIALS OF THE THREE
KINGS ARE PLACED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NUMERALS WITH
A CROSS BETWEEN EACH LETTER. EXAMPLE: 19C (CROSS) M
(CROSS) B 68

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GERMANY ; WARREN ; BAVARIA ; ALLGAU

Keyword(s): BALTHAZAR ; KASPAR ; MELCHIOR

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 6 Twelfth Day Epiphany

Date learned: 11-17-1968

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A STORY ABOUT A MARRIED COUPLE

THERE WAS A YOUNG MARRIED COUPLE WHO DROVE DOWNTOWN
TOGETHER TO WORK EVERY MORNING. SOMETIMES THE HUSBAND
WOULD DROP THE WIFE OFF AND TAKE THE CAR. AT OTHER
TIMES, THE HUSBAND WOULD ALLOW THE WIFE TO TAKE THE
CAR AND PARK IT. EVERY AFTERNOON AT FIVE O'CLOCK, THE
ONE WHO DIDN'T TAKE THE CAR WOULD MEET THE OTHER ON A
PARTICULAR CORNER.
ONE MORNING, THE HUSBAND KISSED HIS WIFE GOOD-BYE AND
SLID OUT FROM UNDER THE STEERING WHEEL, AND WENT ON TO
WORK. AT FIVE O'CLOCK PROMPTLY HE ARRIVED ON THE
APPOINTED CORNER TO WAIT FOR HIS WIFE AND THE CAR.
HE HAPPENED TO TURN AROUND AND SEE HIS WIFE STANDING ON
THE CORNER TOO. WITH A BIT OF SURPRISE HE SAID, "WHAT
ARE YOU DOING HERE?" SHE, IN TURN, SAID, "WELL, I
THOUGHT THAT YOU HAD THE CAR." WITH THAT, THEY HASTILY
RETURNED TO THE CORNER WHERE THEY USUALLY DROPPED EACH
OTHER OFF, AND THERE, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET, WAS
THE CAR--JUST AS THEY HAD LEFT IT.

Where learned: GERMANY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 00-00-1957

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A G.I. STORY

ONCE THERE WAS A YOUNG MARRIED COUPLE WHO LIVED IN A
MARRIED COUPLES' HOUSING DEVELOPMENT. THE YOUNG
HUSBAND WAS IN THE ARMY. WELL, ANYWAY, THERE WAS A
VERY SHAPELY YOUNG MATRON WHO LIVED NEXT DOOR TO THIS
PARTICULAR COUPLE. ONE DAY THE YOUNG WIFE WAS WATCHING
OUT HER WINDOW, WHEN HER HUSBAND LEFT FOR CAMP. THE
SHAPELY YOUNG MATRON HAPPENED TO BE OUT IN HER YARD
AT THE SAME TIME. THE HUSBAND WAS QUITE BUSY TAKING
IN ALL THE SIGHTS AS HE WALKED OVER TO HIS FOUR DOOR
CAR. THE YOUNG WIFE COULDN'T HELP BUT LAUGH AT HER
HUSBAND'S EMBARRASSMENT WHEN HE DISCOVERED THAT HE
WAS SITTING IN THE BACK SEAT OF THE CAR, INSTEAD OF
THE FRONT SEAT.

Where learned: GERMANY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Married couple

Date learned: 00-00-1957

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IN GERMANY THERE IS THE CUSTOM THAT AFTER A HOUSE HAS
BEEN BUILT OR REMODELED, THE OWNERS GIVE A PARTY FOR
THE CONSTRUCTION WORKERS, NEIGHBORS, AND THE
GENERAL PUBLIC. THEY HAVE PLENTY OF BEER AND PLACE
A TANNENBAUM (CHRISTMAS TREE) AT THE TOP OF THE
HOUSE. THE PRIEST COMES AND BLESSES THE HOUSE AND
PRAYS THAT THE FAMILY WILL PROSPER.

Where learned: GERMANY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home

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Toast

zu woll sein

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added By TRD

James Callow comment:

Translation?

Where learned: GERMANY

Keyword(s): DRINK ; GERMAN ; Saying ; TOAST ; Well Wishes

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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REGEN IN MAI FUELLT SCHEUNEN UND MACHT HEU.
TRANSLATION: RAIN IN MAY FILLS BARNS AND MAKES HAY.

Submitter comment: SIMILAR TO ENGLISH SAYING APRIL SHOWERS BRING
MAY FLOWERS.
INFORMANT HEARD THIS IN REGENSBERG, GERMANY.

Where learned: GERMANY ; REGENSBURG

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Weather Proverb

Date learned: 12-04-1967

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BELIEF

THE MILLS OF GOD GRIND VERY SLOWLY, BUT VERY FINE.
TRANSLATION OF:
GOTTES MUEHLEN MALEN LANGSAM, ABER TREFFLICH FEIN.

Submitter comment: IN THE SENSE THAT GOD'S PATIENCE IS ENDURING, BUT THERE WILL BE
A DAY OF RECKONING.
INFORMANT SAID THIS IS A VERY OLD GERMAN SAYING AND BELIEF
SHE HEARD OFTEN WHEN LIVING IN REGENSBERG, GERMANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GERMANY ; FERNDALE ; REGENSBURG

James Callow Keyword(s): GERMAN OBSERVATION ; GERMAN WARNING ; PROPHECY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 12-04-1967

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PROVERB

THE MORNING HAS GOLD IN ITS MOUTH.
TRANSLATION OF:
MORGENSTUNDE HAT GOLD IN MUNDE.

Submitter comment: LIKE ENGLISH PROVERB - THE EARLY BIRD GETS THE WORM.
INFORMANT HEARD THIS AS A CHILD WHILE LIVING IN REGENSBERG,
GERMANY.
I HEARD THE VARIANT IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN, AS A CHILD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GERMANY ; DETROIT ; FERNDALE ; REGENSBURG

James Callow Keyword(s): RISING

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

Date learned: 11-24-1967

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GERMAN PROVERB

EILE MIT WEILE ( TRANSLATED ) HASTE MAKES WASTE

Where learned: GERMANY ; REGENSBURG

Keyword(s): HASTE MAKES WASTE

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

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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WHATEVER YOU SHOUT INTO THE WOOD,
COMES THE SAME WAY BACK AT YOU.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN, DOESN'T
SOUND THE SAME IN ENGLISH, BUT
IT MEANS THE SAME THING.

Where learned: GERMANY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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In Hungary the day after Easter, Easter Monday,
is also considered a holiday. On that day all
the boys visit the homes of their neighbor girls
and sprinkle them with water. Today they often
use cologne. The girls, in turn, give the boys
a colored Easter egg. The boys that they really
like are given red eggs.

Where learned: GERMANY ; Binabiburg

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus
BELIEF -- Water
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 00001940S

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When setting the table for dinner,
if you drop a piece of silverware on the floor
you will get unexpected company stopping at your house for a visit.
Informant really believes in this superstition. She
said it has happened to her on several occasions.
Informant says her mother brought this belief with
her when she came to the United States from Germany.

Where learned: GERMANY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 00001900s

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FUNERAL LUNCHEON--ALLGAN, BAVARIA, GERMANY

AFTER THE BURIAL CEREMONY, THE FAMILY OF THE DECEASED
WOULD TAKE THE RELATIVES AND FRIENDS TO THE LOCAL
GASTHAUS (BEERGARDEN) FOR LUNCH AND BEER.

Submitter comment: A GASTHAUS IS ACTUALLY AN INN. THE PROPRIETOR NOT
ONLY SERVES DRINKS AND FOOD, BUT HE ALSO RENTS OUT
ROOMS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GERMANY ; WARREN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-10-1968

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IN OBERAMERGAUE, GERMANY DURING CHRISTMAS TIME, THEY
HOLD A PASSION PLAY, DEPICTING THE BIRTH OF OUR LORD.

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

Keyword(s): BIRTH OF OUR LORD=CHRISTMAS. ; SOME CONTRADICTION HERE--PASSION PLAY=CRUCIFIXION.

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas Season See F645.2 for Advent Season.

Date learned: 12-00-1967

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