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"SHINEYMAN"

THE SHINEYMAN WAS A JUNKMAN, NO, CAN'T SAY THAT CAUSE THEY'RE NOT THE SAME. HE WAS MORE OF A CELEBRITY. HE ALWAYS WORE A FUNNY OLD HAT. HE HAD LARGE TRINKETS AND USED BROOMS HANGING FROM HIS WAGON. HE ALWAYS TOOTED A FUNNY HORN. I THOUGHT HE WAS A KIDNAPPER BECAUSE HE WAS UGLY, DIRTY, AND SMELLY. HE WAS A REGULAR AND HAD HIS OWN ROUTE. EVERYDAY HE WOULD COME UP AND DOWN GRANDMA'S ALLEY AND PICK UP OLD CARPETS, AND OTHER USED OBJECTS WHICH PEOPLE HAD DISCARDED I DON'T KNOW HOW HE GOT HIS TITLE BUT WE JUST CALLED HIM THE SHINEYMAN, AND NEVER ASKED WHY.
APPARENTLY, EACH NEIGHBORHOOD HAD ITS OWN SHINEYMAN.

Submitter comment: PRONOUNCED "SHEE-NEE"

Where learned: DETROIT ; MOTHERS GRANDMOTHERS HOME

Keyword(s): GARBAGE ; TRASH

James Callow Keyword(s): SHEENY MAN

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being
BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

Date learned: 00001940S

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THE BOYS WHO CRIED WOLF

ONCE THERE WERE TWO BOYS WHO WERE IN CHARGE OF
WATCHING THE SHEEP FOR AN ENTIRE VILLAGE WHILE
THE REST OF THE PEOPLE WERE IN TOWN. THE TWO BOYS
HATED THIS TASK AND WERE VERY BORED. ONE DAY, ONE
OF THE BOYS GOT AN IDEA ON HOW TO ADD A LITTLE
EXCITEMENT TO THEIR JOB. "WHAT IS IT?" ASKED THE
OTHER BOY. THE OLDER ONE SAID, "WELL, YOU GO INTO
TOWN SCREAMING THAT THE WOLF HAS COME TO TAKE THE
SHEEP AND I'LL STAY HERE WITH THE HERD." "ALL
RIGHT," SAID THE OTHER BOY. THE YOUNGER BOY RAN
INTO TOWN, SCREAMING THAT THE WOLF HAD COME TO GET
SHEEP. THE ENTIRE TOWN GATHERED WEAPONS OF ALL
KINDS AND WENT WITH THE BOY TO THE FIELDS. WHEN
THE VILLAGERS GOT THERE, THE OLDER BOY WAS SITTING
IN A TREE AND WAS LAUGHING AT THEM. THE PEOPLE WERE
VERY ANGRY AND RETURNED TO TOWN. THE BOYS WERE
REPRIMANDED FOR PLAYING SUCH A CRUEL TRICK.
EVERYTHING WENT ALONG FINE FOR ABOUT ONE MONTH.
THEN THE BOYS PLAYED THE SAME TRICK AND THE
VILLAGERS CAME ONCE AGAIN TO PROTECT THEIR SHEEP
AND RUN THE WOLF OFF. AGAIN, IT WAS A JOKE AND
THE VILLAGERS WERE VERY ANGRY. AGAIN THE BOYS WERE
PUNISHED SEVERELY. ONE DAY, NOT LONG AFTER THIS A
WOLF DID COME TO ATTACK THE SHEEP. THE YOUNGER
BOY AGAIN RAN INTO TOWN FOR HELP. THE VILLAGERS,
HOWEVER, THOUGHT IT WAS ANOTHER TRICK AND REFUSED TO
COME. THE BOY BEGGED AND BEGGED BUT THE PEOPLE REFUSED
TO COME. THE BOY RETURNED TO THE FIELD TO HELP THE
OLDER BOY HIDE AS MANY SHEEP AS THEY COULD. THAT
NIGHT, WHEN THE SHEEP WERE RETURNED TO TOWN, ONE HALF
WERE MISSING. THEIR OWNERS DEMANDED TO KNOW THE
REASON AND THE BOYS EXPLAINED SADLY THAT A REAL WOLF
HAD COME AND HAD TAKEN OR DESTROYED THEM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; MOTHER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 10-15-1965

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IRISH BENEDICTION

MAY GOD SLEEP ON YOUR PILLOW.
MAY HE HOLD YOU IN THE HOLLOW OF HIS HAND.
MAY THE ROAD RISE WITH YOU,
FAIR WEATHER TO YOUR HEELS.
MAY THE WIND BE EVER AT YOUR BACK,
AND MAY YOU BE A LONG TIME IN HEAVEN
BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE GONE. MM
MAY THE ROADS RISE WITH YOU
AND THE WIND BE ALWAYS AT YOUR BACK
AND MAY THE LORD HOLD YOU
IN THE HOLLOW OF HIS HAND.

Where learned: MOTHER

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

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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THE TAPPING OF FORKS AND KNIVES ON PLATTERS SIGNALING THE BRIDE AND
GROOM TO KISS.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM MOTHER. SHE THINKS IT IS AN ITALIAN CUSTOM.

Where learned: MY MOTHERS MOTHER TOLD HER IT WAS AN ITALIAN CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Glassware tapping

Date learned: 10-00-1982

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ARABIC MARRIAGE CUSTOM

IN AN ARABIC MARRIAGE WHEN THE COUPLE IS ABOUT TO GO
ON THEIR HONEYMOON, THE MOTHER OF THE BRIDE GIVES HER
A WHITE HANDKERCHIEF. IF THE BRIDE COMES BACK A VIRGIN
SHE GIVES THE HANDKERCHIEF BACK TO HER MOTHER.

Submitter comment: SHE SAID HER FAMILY USED TO PRACTICE THIS TRADITION.

Where learned: Grandmother

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 00-00-1976 ; 11-00-1987

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Chin Tickler

I remember this little game my grandmother played on my face
and head. She would knock on my head and say, "head knocker", then
touch my eyes and say, "eye peepers," then pinch my nose and say,
"nose blower," then place her finger on my mouth and say, "mouth
chopper" and tickle under my chin and say, "chin tickler."

Submitter comment: The two of us would continue the little game, laughing until
one of us would finally give in due to stomach pain from laughter.
I did the same with my children.

Where learned: Grandmother

James Callow Keyword(s): Names for body parts

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
SPEECH -- Vocabulary

Date learned: 00001950S

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PRODUCT OR ACTIVITY OF MAN

DON'T WALK OVER SOMEONE OR THEY WON'T GROW

Submitter comment: THIS IS A STUPID BELIEF. WE WOULD HAVE TO WALK BACK OVER THAT PERSOM.
THIS WAY THE PERSON WOULD STILL BE ABLE TO GROW.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; BROOKLYN ; GRANDMOTHERS HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

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GOOD LUCK OMEN (NEGRO)

WHEN MOVING, MOVE IN A BROOM FIRST.

Where learned: Grandmother ; Arkansas ; TOLD BY

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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BELIEF

IF YOU HAVE A LARGE "V" SHAPED LINE IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND,
IT IS CALLED YPUR LIFE LINE
AND YOU WILL LIVE TO AN OLD AGE.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDMOTHER IS ALWAYS LOOKING AT OUR PALMS
THIS IS SOMETHING SHE HAS HEARD OF
AND BELIEVED IN SINCE SHE WAS A CHILD IN ENGLAND.

Where learned: HOME ; Grandmother ; TOLD BY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 02-24-1970

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BIRD IN THE HOUSE SUPERSTITION

IF A BIRD FLIES INTO YOUR HOUSE, SOMEONE WILL DIE IN THE NEAR FUTURE

Submitter comment: MY GRANDMOTHER WAS BORN IN ENGLAND, AND THIS SUPERSTITION WAS REALLY
BELIEVED WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD.

Where learned: HOME ; Grandmother ; TOLD BY

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 02-26-1970

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BAD LUCK IN THREES

BAD LUCK, ESPECIALLY DEATHS, COMES IN THREES.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; Grandmother ; TOLD BY

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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SPIRITUAL

I'M GONNA TELL GOD ALL MY TROUBLES
WHEN I GET HOME...
I'M GONNA TELL HIM THE ROAD WAS ROCKY
WHEN I GET HOME...
I'M GONNA TELL HIM I HAD HARD TRAILS
WHEN I GET HOME...
I'M GONNA TELL GOD HOW YOU'RE DOING
WHEN I GET HOME...

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED ; Grandmother ; TOLD BY

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Death
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious

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Toot Toot Chips

Anyone eating potato chips that finds a folded over potato chip
must place the potato chip to his/her lips and verbalize the sound
"toot toot." Upon doing so, you will bear good luck.

Submitter comment: I inquired as to the reason he had just completed this
procedure and was told that this was the reason. He does this
routinely, without fail, no matter where he is, or in what company
he may be.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN ; MOTHER

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

Date learned: 00001960S

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PRODUCT OR ACTIVITY OF MAN

DON'T CROSS YOUR EYES OR THEY WILL STAY THAT WAY

Submitter comment: SHE WOULD TELL MY BROTHERS AND I THIS TO DISCOURAGE US FROM DOING IT.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; BROOKLYN ; GRANDMOTHERS HOME

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

Date learned: 07-00-1965

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Custom

Ukrainians have a custom of greeting honored guests with bread and salt. The host or hostess, carrying a plate with a loaf of bread and a mound of salt on top of it, meets the guest at the door with proper salutations, in expression of greetings & hospitality. Newlyweds are installed in their new home with a ritual of bread and salt.

Submitter comment:

Today this custom is used only by organizations when greeting individuals of great distinction.

Data entry tech comment:

Motif added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; MOTHER

Keyword(s): BREAD, Salt ; CUSTOM ; DOMESTIC RELATIONS ; ETHNIC ; MARRIAGE ; Salt, Bread ; Social Rank ; SOCIAL RELATIONS ; UKRAINIAN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

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BLOODY BONES.

BLOODY BONES GONNA GET YA TONIGHT-
FIRST STEP, BLOODY BONES GONNA GET YA
TONIGHT- SECOND STEP, BLOODY BONES
GONNA GET YA TONIGHT- THIRD STEP,
BLOODY BONES GONNA GET YA TONIGHT-
FOURTH STEP, BLOODY BONES GONNA
GET YA TONIGHT- FIFTH STEP,
HE GOTCH YA.

Submitter comment: TOLD AS A SPOOKY BED TIME STORY
TO SCARE CHILDREN. TELLER CAN
USE AS MANY STEPS AS THERE ARE
TO GET TO THE TOP OF THE STEPS.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA ; IN BED AT MY GRANDMOTHERS HOUSE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 00001960S

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DUMMY DUMMY DO DO / DUMMY DUMMY DEE/ I CHOOSE ---- TO CHASE AFTER ME.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT DOES PRATICE IT NOW AT HULL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
IN LIVONIA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT GRANDMOTHERS HOME

Keyword(s): CALL-RHYME

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

Date learned: 02-07-1971

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ENTERTAINMENT TOAST (IRISH)

MAY YOU BE IN HEAVEN A HALF HOUR BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU,RE DEAD.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR ; INFORMANT HEARD FROM MOTHER

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

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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God is watching

Whenever the sun would stream down to earth through a break in
the clouds, my grandmother would tell me that that was God looking
down on his children, keeping a good watch.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE ; from my Grandmother

James Callow Keyword(s): Sunshine

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Gods
BELIEF -- Sun

Date learned: 00001950S

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PREGNANCY BELIEF

DURING HER PREGNANCY, HER MOTHER-IN-LAW MADE HER EAT A LITTLE OF
EVERYTHING THAT WAS ON THE DINNER TABLE BECAUSE SHE BELIEVED THAT
IF A PREGNANT WOMAN SAW FOOD AND DIDN'T EAT IT, HER CHILD WOULD BE
MARKED OR DEFORMED AT BIRTH.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share same surname.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; mother-in-law

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
Food Drink -- Food
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: NOT GIVEN

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