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A HORSESHOE IS GOOD LUCK IF, AND ONLY IF, IT IS FOUND.
THIS IS BELIEVED IN MEXICO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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Custom/Belief

School Belief:

In the middle of the "diag," the diagonal sidewalk bisecting the campus at the University of Michigan, there is embedded in the walk a large brass 'M.' If a freshman walks on this 'M,' it is assured that he will fail his next test.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Reference

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Myself ; ANN ARBOR

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; COLLEGE ; CUSTOM ; MICHIGAN ; Student ; SUPERSTITION ; TEST ; University ; University of Michigan

James Callow Keyword(s): Reference

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School

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RITUAL FOR THE DEAD

ON NOVEMBER 2ND, THERE IS ONLY WORK FOR HALF DAY. ALL THE PEOPLE
IN MEXICO GO TO CEMETERIES TO HONOR THEIR OWN DEAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- November 2 All SoulsDay of the Dead
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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CUSTOM--MARRIAGE

ON JUNE 13TH, ST. ANTHONY'S DAY IN MEXICO, GIRLS COLLECT 13
QUINTOS (ABOUT 5 CENTS) FROM 13 BOYS. THEN THEY BUY CANDLES FOR
ST. ANTHONY AND EXPECT TO MARRY BEFORE THE NEXT JUNE 13TH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Keyword(s): BEGGING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 13
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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IF YOU DON'T PAY FOR SHOES RIGHT AWAY, THEY WILL
SQUEAK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 03-10-1970

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IN THE GRADUATE LIBRARY (AT U. OF M.), MOST OF THE STUDY
CARRELS HAVE WINDOWS NEXT TO THEM, BUT THERE IS THIS ONE
THAT HAS A DOOR WHERE THE WINDOW USUALLY IS, AND IT'S MISSING
ITS DOORKNOB. THE DOOR HAS BEEN SHUT LIKE THAT FOR ABOUT
THIRTY YEARS AND A BIG CONTROVERSIAL QUESTION HAS ARISEN:
"WHAT IS BEHIND THAT DOOR?" THE ANSWER THAT SATISFIES MOST
PEOPLE FOR GOOD IS "THE BONES OF THOSE WHO LOOKED." THE CAMPUS
MAY NEVER KNOW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

James Callow Keyword(s): FATAL CURIOSITY ; HUMOR

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

Date learned: 10-00-1983

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EL SALVADOR LEGEND

THERE IS A LEGEND IN EL SALVADOR ABOUT A MAN MIDGET. IT IS
CONNECTED WITH THE COWBOYS THERE. THIS MIDGET APPEARS ONLY AT
NIGHT. HE EATS ASHES. HE WEARS A HAT SO BIG THAT NO ONE HAS
EVER SEEN HIS FACE. HE EATS THE ASHES LEFT BY COWBOYS WHO BANK
THEIR FIRES. NO ONE SEES HIM, BUT THE ASHES ARE ALWAYS GONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Abnormal in size

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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WHEN A VIRGIN GRADUATES FROM EASTERN UNIVERSITY, THE
WATER TOWER WILL CRUMBLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal P477.12

Date learned: 03-10-1970

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WHISKEY BEFORE BEER HAVE NO FEAR.
BUT BEER BEFORE WHISKEY MIGHTY RISKY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE ; WARNING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Food Drink C855.447
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00001950S

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CUSTOM

ON JAN. 5TH, IT IS A CUSTOM IN MEXICO TO SERVE A CIRCULAR CAKE--

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 5
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 2 Candlemas Groundhog Day

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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IF YOU ARE HURT, WHATEVER AILMENT YOU HAVE WILL BE HEALED
BEFORE YOU ARE MARRIED TWICE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 03-10-1970

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IF YOU STEP ON THE "M" ON CENTRAL CAMPUS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF
MICHIGAN BEFORE YOUR FIRST EXAM, YOU WILL FAIL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: CA00001979

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JAPANESE CUSTOM

ON JANUARY 2ND, LONG LINES OF CITIZENS GATHER AT THE IMPERIAL
PALACE OF DOUBLE BRIDGE ( NIJUBASHI ) AND GIVE CHEERS ( BANZAI )
THREE TIMES. BANZAI MEANS LONG LIFE, AND WE CHEER THREE TIMES
BECAUSE THREE IS A LUCKY NUMBER.

Submitter comment: WISH EMPEROR LUCK FOR THE COMING YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- 39815
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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THE ORANGE AND THE COLOR ORANGE ARE SYMBOLS OF A LONG,
PROSPPEROUS LIFE IN JAPAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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FERN IS A TRADITINAL SYMBOL OF LONG PROSPERITY AND LIFE.
PINE IS THE SYMBOL OF LONGEVITY IN JAPAN BECAUSE OF
ITS ENDURING GREEN NEEDLES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOL

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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BAMBOO MEANS CONSTANCY AND FAITHFULNESS IN JAPAN. IT
IS A GOOD OMEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOL

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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THE SMALL LOBSTER IS A TRADITIONAL SYMBOL OF LONG PROSPEROUS
LIFE IN JAPAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOL

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Use of Object Animals

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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IN MEXICO, IF A HORSEFLY FLIES INTO YOUR HOME, YOU WILL
HAVE A VISITOR WITHIN THE DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

James Callow Keyword(s): INSECT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Use of Object Animals

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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IN MEXICO, IF YOU FIND A BIG, BLACK BUTTERFLY IN YOUR HOME
IT IS AVERY BAD LUCK SIGN. SOME DISASTER WILL FOLLOW--
LIKE DEATH IN THE FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

James Callow Keyword(s): INSECT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Use of Object Animals

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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SUPERSTITION

IT IS BELIEVED IN EL SALVADOR THAT THE DEVIL TAKES THE FORM OF A
DOG OR A FOX AND WEARS A CAPE. HE LIVES IN OLD HOUSES, AND WARM
CHIMNEY CORNERS OR WHEREVER IT IS DARK. HE PESTERS PEOPLE, MOVES
THINGS, LOSES AND MISPLACES THINGS. HE IS INVISIBLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMALS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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