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I CAN REMEMBER MY GRANDMOTHERS TALKING ABOUT THE TIME
THEY WOULD EMPTY FEATHERS FROM THE TICKINGS OF THE
PILLOWS TO WASH THE TICKS (THAT IF) A FEATHER CROWN HAD
BEEN FORMED FROM THE MOVEMENT OF THE HEAD THAT SLEPT ON
THAT PILLOW IT WAS A SIGN THAT PERSON WOULD DIE WITHIN
A YEAR.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; MADISON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year

Date learned: 07-09-1973

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WHEN REMOVING YOUR SHOES PLACE THEM SIDE BY SIDE AS
WORN, RIGHT AND LEFT, NEVER OPPOSITE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; MADISON

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

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

Date learned: 07-09-1973

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LAY SHINGLES IN THE WRONG SIGN OF THE MOON AND THEY'LL
CURL ON YOU EVERY TIME -- SAME WITH A ROCK FOUNDATION,
LAY IT IN THE WRONG SIGN AND YOU'LL HAVE TO DO AWAY
WITH IT EVERY YEAR. ONE YEAR HE STOPPED HERSCHEL'S
DAD AFTER HE HAD ONE SIDE DONE. THAT SIDE NEVER DID
STAY PUT. THE ROCK HE FINISHED LAYING IN THE RIGHT
SIGN IS STILL THERE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; MADISON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 07-09-1973

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IF YOUR FOOT ITCHES SOMEONE'S COMING WITH A HOLE IN
THEIR BRITCHES.

Where learned: TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; MADISON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.842
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet

Date learned: 07-09-1973

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IT IS THE CUSTOM TO BAKE BREAD WITH MONEY IN IT,
AND WHOEVER GETS THE COIN WHEN THE BREAD IS
EATEN, WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK FOR THE YEAR.

Submitter comment: SHE HEARD THIS FROM HER MOTHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MADISON HEIGHTS

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Cereal
BELIEF -- Good luck Money
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink

Date learned: 12-01-1967

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( HOLY WEEK CUSTOMS )

SOME OF THE OLD WORLD CUSTOMS THAT ARE CELEBRATED BY
POLISH-AMERICANS, AND ARE A BIG PART OF OUR HERITAGE STEM FROM
OUR CATHOLIC FAITH. THE BIGGEST AND MOST IMPORTANT IS EASTER.
AT THE CONCLUSION OF HOLY THURSDAY SERVICES OUR ALTAR IS
STRIPPED OF ITS VESTMENTS AND IS LEFT BARE. THE TABERNACLE
IS LEFT OPEN AND THE SACREMENT REMOVED. AT THE SIDE ALTAR THE
SEPULCHRE IS PREPARED. AT 3:00 ON GOOD FRIDAY THE FIGURE OF
CHRIST WILL BE LYING IN THE TOMB. ON GOOD FRIDAY ( , )
BEGINNING AT 12:00 NOON ( , ) THE CHURCH IS FILLED TO CAPACITY
WITH WORSHIPPERS COMMENORATING ( COMMEMORATING ) CHRIST'S
CRUCIFIXION. THE CROSS IS CARRIED THROUGH THE AISLES COVERING
CHRIST'S FOOTSTEPS ON THE WAY TO CALVARY. AT 3:00, THE PRIEST
LEADS THE PROCESSION TO THE SEPULCHRE AND THE FIGURE OF CHRIST IS
UNCOVERED.
THE MORNING OF HOLY SATURDAY FINDS THE PEOPLE COMING TO THE CHURCH
TO RECEIVE HOLY WATER AND THORNS. IN POLISH HOMES YOU WILL FIND
A RECEPTACLE FOR HOLY WATER AT THE ENTRANCE OF THE BEDROOMS FROM
WHICH THE MOTHER BLESSES HER FAMILY WHILE THEY ARE ASLEEP AT
NIGHT. A VISIT IS PAID TO THE SEPULCHRE WHICH IS GUARDED BY
SOLDIERS. THE PARISHIONERS BRING EASTER LILIES TO ADORN CHRIST'S
TOMB. AT 1:00 WE BRING FOOD BASKETS TO THE CHURCH TO BE BLESSED,
WHICH WILL BE EATEN FOR BREAKFAST ON EASTER. THE FOOD CONSISTS OF
POLISH SAUSAGE (KIELBASA) ( , ) BUTTER SHAPED IN THE FORM OF A
LAMB WITH A RED RIBBON AROUND ITS NECK, SIGNIFYING CHRIST,
THE SLAIN LAMB. A SWEET BREAD MADE OF EGG AND SWEET RAISINS IS
BRAIDED INTO A LOAF, HORSERADISH AND COLORED EASTER ( EGGS ) ARE
ALSO IN THE BASKET.
EASTER MORNING AT 5:00 A.M. THE SUNRISE SERVICES BEGIN.
CHILDREN DRESSED IN WHITE ( , ) WEARING BLUE CAPES ( , ) COME IN
PROCESSION CARRYING FLOWERS. THEY ARE MET AT THE ALTAR BY THE
PRIEST AND WITH A TRUMPET FANFARE PROCEED TO THE TOMB. THERE
THEY FIND THE FIGURE OF CHRIST HAS BEEN REMOVED AND WHERE HE LAID
FLOWERS EN-MASSE. ARTIFICIAL SUNRAYS PROFUSE FROM THE TOMB, AND
THE SOLDIERS ARE GONE. CHRIST IS RISEN.
IN THE OLD COUNTRY EASTER MONDAY FINDS THE BOYS CHASING THEIR
GIRLS WITH LONG SWITCHES TO SWITCH THEIR LEGS. THEY IN TURN,
ARE CHASING THE BOYS WITH BUCKETS OF WATER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): DYNGUS DAY ; FOOD CUSTOM ; MUSIC ; RITUAL WHIPPING ; SWIECZONKA ; SYMBOL ; WATER

Subject headings: 663 Holy Thursday
663 Good Friday
663 Holy Saturday
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DRAMA -- Religious
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting F663.30

Date learned: 11-10-1971

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CURE

TREATMENT FOR SUNBURN: PLACE A FRYING PAN ON THE HEAD
(TO DRAW OUT THE HEAT).

Submitter comment: HE HEARD THIS FROM HIS MOTHER.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; MADISON HEIGHTS

Keyword(s): TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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KNOCKING ON WOOD WHEN SAYING SOMETHING BAD KEEPS IT FROM
HAPPENING TO YOU.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MADISON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
BELIEF -- Conversions Plants
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-11-1973

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KISSING SOMEONE UNDER A SPRIG OF MISTLETOE BRINGS GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MADISON

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

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AUGUST IS THE MONTH THAT TEMPERS FLARE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MADISON

James Callow Keyword(s): ANGER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 11-04-1973

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AUGUST IS THE MONTH THAT DOGS GO MAD.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MADISON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
BELIEF -- Mammal

Date learned: 11-11-1973

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MORE BABIES ARE BORN DURING A FULL MOON.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MADISON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 11-11-1973

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BEFORE A PERFORMANCE, THE SAYING "BREAK A LEG," IS
SUPPOSEDLY GOOD LUCK TO AN ACTOR.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MADISON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Good luck
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 11-11-1973

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THE CROSS CARVED INTO DOORS WAS TO KEEP OUT EVIL SPIRITS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MADISON

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 11-11-1973

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SEEING A WHITE MULE IS GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MADISON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: 11-11-1973

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THE BRIDE CARRIES "SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW,
SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE" FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MADISON

James Callow Keyword(s): AGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Wear something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue
BELIEF -- Good luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 10-07-1973

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THE BRIDE PUTS A PENNY IN HER SHOE FOR GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MADISON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Penny in shoe
BELIEF -- Good luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 10-07-1973

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THE BRIDAL GOWN IS WHITE TO STAND FOR FERTILITY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MADISON

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 10-07-1973

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IF A BLACK CAT CROSSES YOUR PATH, TWIRL AROUND TO PREVENT
BAD LUCK.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MADISON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals
BELIEF -- Conversions Animals

Date learned: 11-01-1197

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