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INFORMANT WAS ONCE TOLD BY A COLORED HANDYMAN THAT TO CURE MUMPS, YOU SHOULD SCRAPE THE BLACK COATING OFF AN IRON SKILLET AND MAKE AN "X" WITH IT ON THE SWOLLEN PARTS OF YOUR NECK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; INFORMANT'S HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 07-07-1970

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WART CURE

RUB A WART WITH A PIECE OF RAW POTATO, WRAP IT UP AND PUT IT AWAY. WHOEVER FINDS IT WILL GET THE WART.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; INFORMANT'S HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 08-02-1970

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DRINK SUGAR AND WATER IF YOU HAVE THE HICCUPS AND WANT TO CURE THEM.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; INFORMANT'S HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 08-10-1970

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HANGOVER CURE

TOMATO JUICE AND ALKA-SELTZER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; INFORMANT'S HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 07-15-1970

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IF FRIENDS ARE LEAVING IN A CAR, IT IS BAD LUCK TO WATCH THAT CAR DEPART UNTIL IT IS OUT OF SIGHT (I.E. DON'T KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE CAR UNTIL YOU CAN'T SEE IT ANY LONGER).

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; INFORMANT'S HOME

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination

Date learned: 07-15-1970

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IF YOU TELL A DREAM BEFORE BREAKFAST IT WON'T COME TRUE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; INFORMANT'S HOME

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination

Date learned: 08-02-1970

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IF YOUR NOSE ITCHES, SOMEONE IS COMING TO SEE YOU.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; INFORMANT'S HOME

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination

Date learned: 08-02-1970

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WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD, INFORMANT HAD A NANNY NAMED AUNT JANE, AN OLD COLORED WOMAN. WHEN AUNT JANE, INFORMANT, AND HER SISTERS USED TO GO TO THE WOODS TO PICK BERRIES, AUNT JANE WOULD OFTEN HEAR A TWIG SNAP AND WOULD SAY, "THE SPIRITS IS CALLIN' ME." BY SPIRITS SHE MEANT LOVED ONES WHO WERE DEAD. SHE TOLD INFORMANT THAT THE SPIRITS COULD BE SEEN IF INFORMANT WOULD LOOK QUICKLY OVER AUNT JANE'S LEFT SHOULDER. OFTEN AUNT JANE WOULD GO OFF INTO THE WOODS BY HERSELF A SHORT DISTANCE (WHEN TWIGS SNAPPED) AND WHISPER WITH THE SPIRITS, WHO SHE SWORE SHE COULD SEE.

AUNT JANE WOULD ALSO SAY THAT THE "SPIRITS IS CALLIN' ME" WHEN SHE WAS DOING A DISAGREABLE TASK. FOR INSTANCE, SHE WOULD BE DOING DISHES, WHEN SUDDENLY THE "SPIRITS" WOULD CALL HER, AND SHE WOULD GO OUT UNDER A TREE AND TALK TO THEM.

AUNT JANE ALSO HAD A HABIT OF SPRINKLING SALT ABOUT THE HOUSE, AND ESPECIALLY AROUND THE ENTRANCE WAYS TO KEEP OUT EVIL SPIRITS.

ALSO, WHEN SHE TOOK THE CHILDREN FISHING AUNT JANE WOULD SAY, "DON'T TALK ABOUT SNAKES OR YOU'LL SEE THEM."

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; INFORMANT'S HOME

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body

Date learned: 07-15-1970

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TO KEEP A HOUSEHOLD SAFE FROM ANY CALAMITIES, SPRINKLE THE HOUSE REGULARLY WITH HOLY WATER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; INFORMANT'S HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 08-02-1970

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Downtown

I'm going downtown to smoke my pipe.

I won't be back till Saturday night.

I'll whip you blue, I'll whip you black.

Especialy you my daughter Sue.

(school jump rope rhyme)

Where learned: INFORMANT'S HOME

Keyword(s): PLAIN JUMP

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

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Coffee and tea

I like coffee, I lke tea,

I want someone to jump with me.

(neighborhood jump rope rhyme).

Data entry tech comment:

City and State of Informant was not listed on document.

Where learned: INFORMANT'S HOME

Keyword(s): Call ; RHYME

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

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Little Dutch girl dressed in blue

I'm a little Dutch girl

Dressed in blue

Theses are the things I like to do:

Salute to the captain

Cursty to the queen

And turn my back

Upon the mean old king.

(school jump rope rhyme)

Data entry tech comment:

Informants does not say what city she lives.

Where learned: INFORMANT'S HOME

Keyword(s): ACTION ; CHARACTER ; RHYME

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

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