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SUPERSTITION OF RINGS ON THE INDEX FINGER.

WEARING A RING ON YOUR INDEX FINGER, A SIGN OF BAD LUCK FOR YOUR
MOTHER. THE BELIEF IS THAT SHE WILL GET SICK OR,
MAYBE SOMETHING WILL HAPPEN TO HER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet
BELIEF -- Bad luck

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PREDICTION DREAMS ABOUT WATER

TO DREAM OF MUDDY WATER DENOTES DISAPPOINTS IN LIFE AND TO DREAM OF
CLEAR WATER, SIGNIFIES PROFIT ABLE EMPLOYMENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Water

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SUPERSTITION OF LION'S STATUE

THE LION IS A SIGN OF PEACE.

Submitter comment: THE LION STATUE IS SUPPOSED TO CURVE DOWN ARGUMENTS BETWEEN THE
HUSBAND AND WIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-07-1977

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FEVER

IF SOMEONE HAS A HIGH FEVER, STRAP SLICES OF ONIONS TO THE BOTTOM OF
THE PERSON'S FEET. THIS WILL DRAW THE FEVER INTO THE ONIONS.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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SUPERSTITION OF FOOD

SNEEZING WITH FOOD IN YOUR MOUTH A SIGN OF BAD LUCK. IF THIS
HAPPENED QUICKLY TAKE FOOD OUT OF YOUR MOUTH AND THROW IT AWAY.

Submitter comment: THIS SUPERSTITION OF FOOD WAS PASSED DOWN FROM MY GRANDMOTHER'S
FAMILY. THE REASON THIS CAME ABOUT WAS BECAUSE THERE WERE TWO DEATHS
IN THE FAMILY WHICH COULD NOT BE EXPLAINED. I MYSELF DO
NOT BELIEVE IN IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.21
BELIEF -- Conversions

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NAME-GAME

Q.WHAT'S YOUR NAME?
A.PUDDING TANG, YOU ASK ME AGAIN AND I'LL TELL YOU THE SAME.
Q. WHATS YOUR NAME?
A.PUDDING TANG, YOU ASK ME AGAIN AND I'LL TELL YOU THE SAME.
Q.WHAT'S YOUR NAME?
A.DONALD DUCK, YOU ASK ME AGAIN AND I'LL BEAT YOUR BUTT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
SPEECH -- Proper Name

Date learned: 09-11-1977

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LOOKING AT A DOG ROLLING ON ITS BACK IS A SIGN OF BAD LUCK. ITS
MEANING IS DEATH. SOMEONE YOU KNOW OR MAY HAVE HEARD OF WILL DIE.

Submitter comment: A BELIEF PASSED DOWN IN THE PITTS FAMILY. STARTED DATE EARLY 1920'S

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.31
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.41

Date learned: 10-02-1977

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NEAR CURTIS, OHIO THERE IS A LEGEND OF A WOMAN AND
HER GARDENER LOVER WHO PLOTTED AND KILLED THIS WOMAN'S
HUSBAND. A FEW YEARS AFTER THE MURDER, THE GARDENER
DIED AND THE WOMAN BECAME A VIRTUAL HERMIT. THIS IS
BECAUSE, AS THE LEGEND GOES, HER HUSBAND'S GHOST
SWORE THAT IF SHE EVER LEFT THE HOUSE OR PREMISES,
HE WOULD KILL HER.

Submitter comment: BRIAN LEARNED THIS WHILE ON VACATION NEAR CURTIS, OHIO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CURTIS

Keyword(s): FAITHLESSNESS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 10-15-1967

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NEAR CURTIS, OHIO THERE IS A LEGEND OF A WOMAN AND
HER GARDENER LOVER WHO PLOTTED AND KILLED THIS WOMAN'S
HUSBAND. A FEW YEARS AFTER THE MURDER, THE GARDENER
DIED AND THE WOMAN BECAME A VIRTUAL HERMIT. THIS IS
BECAUSE, AS THE LEGEND GOES, HER HUSBAND'S GHOST
SWORE THAT IF SHE EVER LEFT THE HOUSE OR PREMISES,
HE WOULD KILL HER.

Submitter comment: BRIAN LEARNED THIS WHILE ON VACATION NEAR CURTIS, OHIO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CURTIS

Keyword(s): FAITHLESSNESS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 10-15-1967

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WRITING A LETTER TO A DEAD PERSON YOU KNOW AND PUTTING THE LETTER
UNDER YOUR PILLOW. THE PERSON'S SOUL IS SUPPOSED TO COME TO
YOU AND WALK.

Submitter comment: THIS BECAME WELL KNOWN IN MY FAMILY AROUND 1960.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 09-11-1977

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Language

Folk Song by Children:

RAIN RAIN GO AWAY, COME AGAIN ANOTHER DAY.

Submitter comment:

A SONG ALL LITTLE CHILDREN USED TO SING WHEN IT STARTED TO RAIN.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD / Updated on 01-13-2011

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHILD ; CHILDREN ; Language ; Play ; Rain ; RHYME ; SONG ; VERSE ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 10-02-1977

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PREDICTION ABOUT STARS

TO DREAM OF STARS AND TO SEE THEM, DENOTES THAT YOU WILL HAVE A
BRILLIANT FUTURE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Star

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PREDICTION DREAMS ABOUT WATER

TO DREAM OF MUDDY WATER DENOTES DISAPPOINTS IN LIFE AND, TO DREAM OF
CLEAR WATER SIGNIFIES PROFIT ABLE EMPLOYMENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Water

Date learned: 11-07-1977

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LEGEND

AN ISLAND CALLED BELLE ISLE IN DETROIT USED TO BE CALLED SNAKE'S
ISLAND BECAUES THERE WERE LOTS OF SNAKES ON THE ISLAND, BUT LATER
LARGE HOGS WERE PUT OUT THERE TO KILL UP ALL THE SNAKES AND THEY
DID SO, LATER IT BECAME KNOWN AS HOG'S ISLAND.
TIME GOES ON AND THE HOG'S POPULATION DIES OUT AND PEOPLE BEGAN
COMING TO THE ISLAND FIXING IT UP SO THEY LATER CHANGE THE NAME
AGAIN,

Submitter comment: THE WORDS BELLE ISLES ARE FRANCES.
THIS STORY WAS PASSED DOWN TO MY MOTHER FROM HER MOTHER WHO LIVED AT
TIME THIS WAS TAKING PLACE AROUND 1919 OR SOMETHING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 11-04-1977

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TO DREAM THAT YOU SHAKE A DEAD PERSON'S HAND, DENOTES THAT YOU WILL
SOON JOIN THAT PERSON IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

Submitter comment: THIS OLD PREDICTION WAS HANDED DOWN FROM MY LATE GRANDMOTHER'S
FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
841 Dreams about the dead and sick
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about the dead and sick
SPEECH -- Gesture

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PLANT YOU NOW, DIG YOU LATER, LIKE THE FARMER TOLD THE POTATO.

Submitter comment: A WAY OF SAYING GOOD BYE TO SOMEONE.
MY MOTHER, MRS. BOND, SAID SHE USED THIS ALOT WHEN SHE WAS
A KID GROWING UP IN THE 1930'S.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb C880.500
SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Wellerism Quotation

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SMALL CHILDREN GAME

STEPPING ON THE LINES ON THE SIDEWALK, YOU BREAK YOUR MOMMY'S
BACK.

Submitter comment: A GAME PLAYED BY SMALL CHILDREN ON THEIR WAY HOME FROM SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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TEDDY BEAR TEDDY BEAR, TURN ALL AROUND.
TEDDY BEAR TEDDY BEAR, TONCH THE GROUND.
TEDDY BEAR TEDDY BEAR, READ THE NEWS.
TEDDY BEAR TEDDY BEAR, SHINE YOUR SHOES.
TEDDY BEAR TEDDY BEAR, GO UP THE STAIRS.
TEDDY BEAR TEDDY BEAR, SAY YOUR PRAYERS.
TEDDY BEAR TEDDY BEAR, CUT OFF THE LIGHTS.
TEDDY BEAR TEDDY BEAR, SAY GOOD NIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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OLD FOLK-MEDICINE

OLD TAR, PINE AND HONEY, GOOD FOR COMMON COLDS.

Submitter comment: YOU CAN BUY THIS OLD FASHIONED MEDICINE AT ANY REXALL DRUG STORE.
THIS OLD FASHIONED MEDICINE WAS VERY WELL KNOWN AROUND THE 1950'S.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

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SUPERSTITION OF HAIR BRUSHING

TWO PEOPLE BRUSHING ONE PERSON AT THE SAME TIME, BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.21

Date learned: 11-04-1977

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