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A WET BIRD NEVER FLIES AT NIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HIGH SCHOOL ; DETROIT ; CATHOLIC CENTRAL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-17-1968

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EL GATO (THE CAT)

EVERYONE SITS ON CHAIRS IN A LARGE CIRCLE EXCEPT FOR
ONE PERSON WHO HAS BEEN CHOSEN TO BE "IT." THIS PERSON
HAS TO GO TO SOMEONE AND PUT HER HEAD IN THEIR LAP AND
SAY "MEOW" THREE TIMES. THE PERSON THAT IS SITTING
MUST STROKE HER HEAD EACH TIME SHE MEOWS. SHE MUST
STROKE HER WITHOUT LAUGHING. IF THE PERSON THAT IS
SITTING LAUGHS, SHE BECOMES "IT." IF SHE DOESN'T
THE CAT MUST REPEAT THE PROCEDURE WITH ANOTHER
INDIVIDUAL UNTIL SOMEONE LAUGHS.

Where learned: EL SALVADOR ; CENTRAL AMERICA

Keyword(s): LAUGHING TABU

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic

Date learned: 06-00-1984

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POLISH CUSTOM

ON THE MORNING OF HER WEDDING, THE BRIDE IS SERANADED BY A
BAND THAT WAS SENT BY THE GROOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HIGH SCHOOL ; DETROIT ; CATHOLIC CENTRAL

Keyword(s): MUSIC

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Band, orchestra play at bride's house

Date learned: 10-01-1968

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MRS. LOLA CRAWLY OF NORTH CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI RELATED TO
MRS. RUTH WALKER THE FOLLOWING BELIEF.
DOCTORS EIGHTY YEARS AGO TRAVELED BY HORSE AND BUGGY. IF
A BIRD TOOK SHELTER UNDER THE FRINGE OF THE BUGGY, IT WAS
BELIEVED TO BE SOMEBODY'S SPIRIT. "THIS USUALLY OCCURRED
ON DARK RAINY NIGHTS," EXPLAINED MRS. WALKER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NORTH CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Bird

Date learned: 07-00-1968

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THIS SONG WAS SUNG AT FAMILY GATHERINGS IN KENTUCKY:
"I GOT CHOKED ON A COLD TATER PIE
AND I THOUGHT TO MY SOUL I WOULD DIE
I GOT CHOKED ON A COLD TATER PIE
TATER PIE! TATER PIE! I GOT CHOKED ON A COLD TATER PIE.
TATER PIE! TATER PIE! I GOT CHOKED ON A COLD TATER PIE."
THE SONG WAS SUNG AS A ROUND. EVERYONE PARTICIPATED.

Submitter comment: MY INFORMANT MADE THE COMMENT THAT HER STRAIGHT-LACED FATHER'S
RELATIVES WOULD MAKE THE PIE, AND HER MOTHER'S MORE CAREFREE SIDE
OF THE FAMILY WOULD SING ABOUT THEM.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; CENTRAL

James Callow Keyword(s): FOOD

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest

Date learned: 00001940S

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WHAT ONE DOESN'T HAVE IN HIS HEAD, ONE HAS TO HAVE IN HIS LEGS.

Submitter comment: GERMAN: WAS MAN NICHT IM KOPFE HAT, MUSS MAN IN DEN BEINER HABEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HIGH SCHOOL ; DETROIT ; CATHOLIC CENTRAL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-01-1968

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A TRIBE IN SOUTH AFRICA KNOCKS OUT OR PULLS OUT THE FRONT
TEETH OF BOYS AND GIRLS WHEN THEY REACH PUBERTY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HIGH SCHOOL ; DETROIT ; CATHOLIC CENTRAL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity

Date learned: 10-17-1968

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ROCKING CHAIRS AND SHIPS

WHEN THE INFORMANT LIVED IN GLOUCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS, A VERY
IMPORTANT FISHING TOWN, HIS GRANDMOTHER TOLD HIM NEVER TO ROCK
AN EMPTY ROCKING CHAIR. WHEN HE DID OR WHEN IT ROCKED BY ITSELF
OR IN THE WIND, THEN THEY BELIEVED THAT THE SHIPS IN THE SEA WERE
ALSO BEING ROCKED BY THE WAVES, ESPECIALLY THOSE SHIPS ON WHICH
MEMBERS OF THEIR FAMILY WERE SAILING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 03-15-1967

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NUMBER RHYME TAUNT

IT WAS A TRADITION AT ALL CATHOLIC CENTRAL HIGH
SCHOOL'S ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES TO SAY:
AND THE SCORE GOES UP ANOTHER NOTCH C. C.,
ANOTHER NOTCH, C. C.
AFTER ALL POINTS SCORED FOR OUR TEAMS.
THIS INDICATED TO THE OPPOSITION THAT WE
WERE SCORING WHILE THEY WEREN'T AT THAT TIME.

James Callow comment: WHO SAID IT? COLLECTOR SAYS: AUDIENCE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HIGH SCHOOL ; DETROIT ; CATHOLIC CENTRAL

James Callow Keyword(s): CHEER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival Custom Festival
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

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IF THE SUN SETS CLEAR ON FRIDAY, IT WILL RAIN BY MONDAY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

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TO FIX A MOUSE EATEN HOLE IN A GARMENT BRINGS BAD LUCK
TO THE MENDER.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BAD LUCK ; Fix ; Garment ; Hole ; LUCK ; Mend ; Mouse ; Sew

James Callow Keyword(s): MENDING SEWING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 06-06-1973

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO CUT A FRAME FOR A WINDOW OR A DOOR
INSIDE A HOUSE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BAD LUCK ; Carpentry ; Craft ; Cut ; Door ; frame ; House ; Indoors ; Inside ; LUCK ; Window

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 11-22-1972

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO PLACE EGGS ON A FRESHLY MADE BED.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BAD LUCK ; Bed ; Eggs ; LUCK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 11-22-1972

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO AT ANYTIME WEAR TWO HATS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BAD LUCK ; Hat ; Hats ; HEAD ; LUCK ; Wear

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Head
BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 11-22-1972

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO SWEEP DIRT OUT OF DOORS AFTER SUNDOWN.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BAD LUCK ; LUCK ; Out ; Outdoors ; Sundown ; SUNSET ; Sweep

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working
BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 11-22-1972

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THE RESPONDENT'S NEIGHBOR ATE DIRT "BY THE GALLON"
WHILE PREGNANT. WHEN HER CHILD WAS BORN, SHE CARRIED DIRT
COLORED SPLOTCHES ON HER BACK AND ABDOMEN.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): Ate ; BELIEF ; Birthmark ; CHILDBEARING ; Consumed ; Dirt ; OMEN ; PREGNANCY ; Splotches

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic
Food Drink -- Food N200.542
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 06-06-1973

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ONE OF RESPONDENT'S NEIGHBORS YELLED AT HER LITTLE
BOY WHILE SHE WAS PREGNANT. THE BOY FELL AND BROKE
HIS RIGHT FOOT AND LEG. WHEN THE BABY CAME, IT HAD
A TWISTED RIGHT FOOT AND LEG.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Broken ; Fell ; Foot ; leg ; OMEN ; PREGNANCY ; Twisted

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

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WHILE PREGNANT, THE RESPONDENT ATTENDED A MAN WHO HAD
BEEN STABBED. WHEN HER CHILD WAS BORN, THE CHILD HAD
BLOOD COLORED SPOTS ON HER CHEST.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Birthmark ; BLOOD ; OMEN ; PREGNANCY ; Splotches ; Stabbed ; Tend

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 01-23-1973

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THE RESPONDENT'S FATHER HAS A CALLOUSED SPOT ON THE SIDE
OF HIS HEEL, BELIEVED TO BE THERE BECAUSE HIS MOTHER WAS
BITTEN BY A SNAKE IN THE SAME SPOT.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Bit ; Callous ; OMEN ; PREGNANCY ; Snake ; TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 06-06-1973

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PEOPLE USED TO CLIP THEIR HOGS' EARS TO IDENTIFY THEM.
THE RESPONDENT'S MOTHER WATCHED SOME HOGS BEING SO
MARKED WHILE SHE WAS PREGNANT, AND THE RESPONDENT WAS
BORN WITH ONE CLIPPED EAR.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BABY ; BELIEF ; Born ; Clip ; EARS ; Hog ; Pig ; PREGNANCY ; TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 06-06-1973

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