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DIET

DOWN SOUTH PEOPLE USE TO EAT A DISH CALLED LIVER AND LITES.
THIS WAS A DISH THAT CONSISTED OF LIVER AND THE LUNGS OF SOME
ANIMAL. ANOTHER DISH THAT USE TO BE EATEN WAS CALVES BRAINS,
WITH A SIDE DISH OF HOT BISCUITS AND GRAVY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MARTIN

James Callow Keyword(s): CALVES' BRAINS ; LIGHTS=AN ANIMALS LUNGS

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food
Food Drink -- Kind of Food and Its Preparation
Food Drink -- Meat

Date learned: 00001947CA

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WHEN YOU GET MARRIED AND LIVE IN A HUT
SEND ME A PICTURE OF YOUR BABY'S BUTT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; SAINT MARTIN GRADE SCHOOL

James Callow Keyword(s): BUTTOCKS

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

Date learned: 00001958-1960

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FAMILY LEGEND

MY AUNT TOLD ME THAT, WHEN SHE WAS A KID MY GRANDFATHER
(SOLOMAN MCDONALD) USE TO CATCH FISH BY WADING INTO THE
WATER IN WADING BOOTS AND CATCHING THE FISH WITH ONLY
HIS BARE HANDS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MARTIN

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fish

Date learned: 00001947CA

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MEDICINAL BELIEF

BEST TONIC FOR POOR APPETITES WAS TEA MADE FROM WILD CHERRY BARK AND
RATSBANE (SPOTTED WINTERGREEN). THE INFORMANT ADVISED ME THAT THIS
TONIC WAS GIVEN TO HER AS A CHILD AND TASTED TERRIBLE.

Keyword(s): APPETITE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 03-01-1971

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM ADVENT PREPARATION COMING OF CHRIST

IT IS A CUSTOM FOR SOME PEOPLE TO MAKE A CHRISTMAS WREATH FOUR WEEKS
PRIOR TO THIS DAY. THE WREATH IS MADE WITH FOUR CANDLES. STARTING
WITH THE FIRST WEEK ONE CANDLE IS BURNED. EVERY WEEK A CANDLE IS
BURNED UNTIL THE FOURTH WEEK OR CHRISTMAS EVE. ON CHRISTMAS EVE THE
FAMILY OBSERVES THEIR TRADITIONAL FAMILY DINNER WHEN THE FIRST STAR
APPEARS IN THE SKY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT AND HER FAMILY PRACTICE THIS CUSTOM EVERY YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 645 September 23 Equinox to December 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve

Date learned: 11-05-1971

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BELIEF

IF YOUR LEFT HAND ITCHES, RUB IT ON WOOD
AND YOU WILL RECEIVE MONEY SOON;
IF YOUR RIGHT HAND ITCHES,
YOU ARE TO SHAKE HANDS WITH A STRANGER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails

Date learned: 03-01-1971

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PAPER DOLLS AND DOLL HOUSE

WHEN THEY WERE YOUNG, MY AUNT AND MOTHER USE TO PLAY
PAPER DOLLS. THEY WOULD LOOK THROUGH CATALOGUES AND CUT
OUT THE PICTURES OF PEOPLE AND FURNISHINGS. THEN THEY WOULD
TAKE A SHOE BOX AND MAKE A HOUSE OUT OF IT, BY TAKING
PICTURES OF RUGS, DRAPES AND WALLPAPER AND PASTING THEM
INSIDE OF THE BOX, WITH A PASTE MADE OF FLOUR AND WATER.
AND USING PENNEY MATCH BOXES THEY MADE BEDS AND COUCHES
AND THAT IS HOW THEY MADE A HOUSE TO PLAY DOLLS WITH.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MARTIN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Toy

Date learned: 00001947CA

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WHEN MY AUNT WAS A LITTLE GIRL, HER AND MY MOTHER USE TO
PLAY A GAME CALLED SANCTIFIED CHURCH. THIS GAME HAD NO
RULES OR GOAL. IN THE GAME THE CHILDREN WOULD SIT UNDER A
TENT, MADE OF A GRASS SACK NAILED TO THE HOUSE WITH TWO
BROOMSTICKS STUCK TO THE OTHER END OF THE SACK AND
DRIVEN INTO THE GROUND, UNDER THIS TENT THE CHILDREN
WOULD SIT ON TIN DRUMS AND SING AND CLAP AS THEY SAW
OTHERS DO IN CHURCH.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MARTIN

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church

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I AM TOLD THAT, IN A CASE WHERE THE MOTHER IN A FAMILY
DIED AND THE FATHER IS UNABLE TO TAKE CARE OF THE
CHILDREN, ANOTHER FAMILY MEMBER WILL STEP IN AND TAKE
CARE OF THE CHILDREN AND RAISE THEM AS THEIR OWN.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MARTIN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F553

Date learned: 00001940CA

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FEVER RELIEF

IN ORDER TO BRING DOWN A PERSON'S FEVER WHEN IT WAS HIGH,
THE PERSON WAS BATHED IN A TUB THAT HAD A MIXTURE OF
WATER AND BAKING SODA IN IT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MARTIN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00001940CA

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CONGESTION CURE 2

PIZZLE GREASE, WHICH IS MADE FROM THE MALE ORGANS OF A
HOG COOKED DOWN INTO GREASE AND THEN THE ORGANS STRAINED
FROM THE GREASE, WAS BOTTLED AND SOLD AS A CURE FOR A BAD
COLD AND PNEUMONIA.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MARTIN

James Callow Keyword(s): PIZZLE=ANIMAL PENIS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00001940CA

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CONGESTION CURE1

TO BREAK UP CONGESTION I AM TOLD, A TEA MADE OF BOILED
HOG MIXED WITH HONEY WAS USED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MARTIN

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Brew of leaf, bark, root
BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00001940CA

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CONGESTION CURE 3

A CURE FOR CONGESTION TOLD TO ME BY MY AUNT, IS IN THE
FORM OF A TEA MADE FROM BOILED RHUBARB MIXED WITH SUGAR,
A BIT OF LEMON AND A DROP OF CAMPHORATED SPIRITS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MARTIN

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Brew of leaf, bark, root
BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 00001940CA

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COLD CURE

FOR A COLD FLANNEL CLOTHES WOULD BE PLACED ON THE STOVE
AND ALLOWED TO BROWN. A TALLOW MADE FROM BEEF AND GOATS
WOULD BE MIXED WITH VASELINE, TURPENTINE, AND VICKS SALVE AND
THIS MIXTURE WOULD BE USED AS A RUBDOWN COMPOUND. THE
BROWNED FLANNEL SHEETS WOULD BE PLACED ON THE PERSON'S
CHEST AND THE PERSON WOULD BE WRAPPED TIGHTLY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MARTIN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00001937CA

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SPRAIN CURE

TO CLEAR UP A SPRAIN OR SWELLING, MY AUNT'S GRANDMOTHER
WOULD TAKE POKE BERRIES AND ALUM AND BOIL IT. THEN THIS
MIXTURE WOULD BE PLACED INTO A POULTICE AND PLACED ON THE
SPRAIN OR SWELLING.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MARTIN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00001937CA

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

FOR MANY POLISH PEOPLE THE MIDNIGHT MASS ON CHRISTMAS EVE (DEC. 24)
IS FOLLOWED BY A BREAKFAST. THE FAMILY GETS TOGETHER FOR THIS
OCCASION. HOME BAKED SWEET BREAD AND FRESH SAUSAGE ARE EATEN AT
THIS BREAKFAST.

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMANT AND HER FAMILY PRACTICE THIS TRADITIONAL CUSTOM.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: 122 Christmas
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Church

Date learned: 11-05-1971

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WHEN YOU GET MARRIED AND HAVE TWINS,
DON'T COME TO MY HOUSE FOR SAFETY PINS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; SAINT MARTIN GRADE SCHOOL

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

Date learned: 00001958-1960

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House-Demons

By a clean river, there grew oak trees from centuries before. Not far from there lived a Samogitian of many years. Together with im lived his beautiful and larg efamily. Their barns were full of cattle, the corn overflowed into the storehouse. No farmer, happier or richer than him, was around.

The other farmers, jealous of his success, started talking about him, that a house demon brought him all his riches. Many said that they saw the demons flying around the house.

The people's council, hearing such talk from the neighbors, sent an inspector over to the farmer's house; they ordered him to forbid the farmer, to tell him to finally learn to live with the other people.

the inspector, showing up at the farmer's house, told him directly that yhe should be ashamed to keep a demon in his house and that he should do only what is good for his neighbors.

the Samogitian only laughed at him. Still laughung he told the inspector that not a single of his demons has yet done wrong to any of his neighbors. Then the inspector told him to show him his demons. With that,. the farmer led the inspector by hand to his barn where all his farming tools stood.

-These- said the farmer, -are my demons that do good for me and my neighbors.-

Submitter comment:

Translated from Lithuanian by Ramune Stonys

An asterisk denotes a message for the word Samogalia, and explains that: Lithuania is divided into different regions. Samogalia is one region, located in Northern Lithuania.

On tha back of the card is an address for the translator:

R. Stonys

17276 Milton

Southfield, MI 48075

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Grammatical correction: Leave to Live.

Keyword(s): AGRICULTURE ; Demon ; Demons ; DISCIPLINE ; FARMER ; FARMING ; HARD WORK ; House ; Moral ; Neighbors ; Parable ; Relationships ; SELF DISCIPLINE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon

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Ethnic Joke: Hollander

Hollander Joke:

When the Hollanders bury their dead, they bury them standing up with the top half sticking out of the grave. These are used as the tombstones.

Submitter comment:

This joke was told to me by a boy from Flanders.

Hollander jokes are typical in Belgium.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Written in the bottom left of the card: Does this imply that the Hollanders are cheap? A response in different handwriting (probably the collector's): YES!!

Where learned: BELGIUM

Keyword(s): BURIAL ; DEATH ; ETHNIC ; Funeral ; GRAVEYARD ; Headstones ; Holland ; Hollander ; Offensive ; Tasteless

James Callow Keyword(s): Hollander

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery

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LEGEND

IN THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS OF VIRGINIA, THERE IS A PLACE CALLED
DEVIL'S DEN. LEGEND HAS IT THAT WHEN LUCIFER WAS CAST OUT OF
HEAVEN THAT IS THE PLACE HE WAS THROWN INTO. THE PIT IS BOTTOMLESS,
SO IT'S SAID. YOU CAN DROP A STONE INTO THE PIT AND NEVER HEAR IT
HIT BOTTOM. THEY'VE CALLED IT DEVIL'S DEN AS LONG AS ANYONE
REMEMBERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BOTTOMLESS PIT.

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: 03-01-1971

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