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HOLY WATER

EVERYDAY IN MALTA DURING LENT THE VILLAGE PRIEST CAME TO SPRINKLE
THE DOOR-STOOP WITH HOLY WATER. AT THE SAME TIME THE HOUSEHOLDER
WAS TO SAY: "BEGONE" THREE TIMES AND SAY A ROSARY.

Data entry tech comment: THE POPULATION OF MALTA IS 100% ROMAN CATHOLIC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): WATER

Subject headings: 663 Lent
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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LENT

ON MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, AND FRIDAY OF LENT THE INFORMANT'S FATHER
ATE ONLY HERRING, POTATOES, AND CABBAGE, ALL WITHOUT THE BENEFIT OF
WATER.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; SELF-SACRIFICE

Subject headings: 663 Lent

Date learned: 09-00-1971

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HAIR

IF YOU WANT YOUR HAIR TO GROW
LET A PREGNANT WOMAN CUT IT WHILE IN LABOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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FLAX

FOR ACHING BONES PUT FLAX IN THREE PILES. COVER AFFLICTED JOINT
WITH LINEN CLOTH, PLACE ONE PILE OF FLAX ON THE CLOTH AND SET
FIRE TO IT. REPEAT AS NECESSARY FOR RELIEF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ARTHRITIS CURE ; HEAT REMEDY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 09-00-1971

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GROUND

A FARMER TESTS HIS GROUND FOR PLANTING POTATOES BY PULLING DOWN
HIS PANTS AND SITTING ON HIS FRESHLY PLOWED GROUND. IF THE GROUND
IS COLD, PLANTING IS NOT POSSIBLE. IF THE GROUND IS WARM, GOOD
RESULTS WILL FOLLOW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PLANTING CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F476
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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FEVER

TO REDUCE A FEVER, HOLD TWO FULL-SIZED GARLICS IN YOUR ARMPITS
OVERNIGHT.

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

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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FEVER

TO REMEDY A HIGH FEVER, FIND A RABBIT, KILL IT,
SPLIT IT LENGTHWISE AND WHILE IT IS STILL WARM
LAY IT ON YOUR CHEST.
IF LEFT OVERNIGHT THE
FEVER WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO THE RABBIT AND IT WILL TURN GREEN. BURY
THE RABBIT, AFTER IT'S GREEN, IN A DEEP HOLE.

Keyword(s): TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 11-00-1971

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Menstrual

Menstrual:

Pickling: you can't pickle beans or make kraut while on your period or it will ruin.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P535] crossed out.

Submission card found in pile marked [?]

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Canning ; COOKING ; FOOD ; MENSES ; MENSTRUATION ; Period ; Pickling ; TABU

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

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BUTTER

ON THE INFORMANT'S FARM IN MANITOBA EXCESS BUTTER WAS USED TO
GREASE AND LUBRICATE THE MACHINERY. IT WAS FOUND TO BE SUPERIOR
TO OIL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CANADA

Subject headings: Favorites
Food Drink -- Animal product Butter

Date learned: 09-00-1971

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COUGH

TO EASE COUGHING, GRIND A HORSERADISH ROOT THAT WAS TAKEN FROM THE
GROUND IN MID WINTER TO PRODUCE A POWDER. WET IT AND PLACE IT ON
THE CHEST OF THE SUFFERER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): POULTICE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 09-00-1971

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WHEAT

ON CHRISTMAS DAY STACKS OF WHEAT WERE HUNG FROM THE RAFTERS AND WERE
LEFT THERE UNTIL THE NEXT CHRISTMAS TO SIGNIFY CHRIST'S BIRTH
AND PRECENSE WITH THEM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Straw

Date learned: 11-00-1971

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JUMP SONG-ROPE

NYLON STOCKING, PANTY HOSE,
I'VE GOT A SECRET,
AND NOBODY KNOWS,
THE BOYS GOT THE MUSCLES,
THE TEACHER'S GOT THE BRAINS
THE GIRLS GOT THE FIGURES
AND I WON THE GAME

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PLAIN-JUMP

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

Date learned: 11-00-1971

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EGGS

EASTER EGGS WERE MADE BY WRAPPING EGGS IN RED ONION SKINS. THESE
EGGS WERE THEN PUT IN WATER AND VINEGAR FOR A FEW DAYS. BECAUSE
OF THIS METHOD ALL EGGS WERE RED OR PINK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs

Date learned: 09-00-1971

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GIFTS

IN MANITOBA CHIDREN WERE GIVEN SACK DRESSES,
PENCILS, NOTEBOOKS, AND SHIRTS BY THE TEACHER IN SCHOOL INSTEAD
OF THE PARENTS. AT CHRISTMAS THESE TEACHERS PERFORMED MOST
OF THE DUTIES GIVEN TO PARENTS IN AMERICA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Gifts, gift giving at Christmas

Date learned: 09-00-1971

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THE FUNERAL MARCH

WHEN A DANGEROUS OR TICKLISH SITUATION IS ABOUT TO BE
ENTERED, THE PARTICIPANT(S) OFTEN HUM THE FUNERAL MARCH
(DUM-DUM-DE-DUM, DUM-DE-DUM-DE-DUM-DE-DUM).

Where learned: NOT GIVEN ; MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; DETROIT ; A&P FOOD STORE

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

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GIFTS

IN MANITOBA SCHOOL CHILDREN WERE GIVEN SACK DRESSES,
PENCILS, NOTEBOOKS, AND SHIRTS BY THE TEACHER AT CHRISTMAS TIME.
USUALLY THE TEACHER SUPPLIED THE GIFTS FROM HER OWN RESOURCES AND
FUNDS BUT SHE WAS OCCASIONALLY AIDED BY A WEALTHY PARENT WHO WOULD
SUPPLY MONEY FOR GIFTS FOR ALL THE KIDS. INDIVIDUAL POOR PARENTS
HARDLY PARTICIPATED IN THE GIFT GIVING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Gifts, gift giving at Christmas

Date learned: 09-00-1971

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Jump song-rope

Chinky, chinky  chinaman sittling on a fence,

Trying to make $1.00 out of .59¢,

She missed, she missed,

She missed like this ...

Data entry tech comment:

Collector does not state where the informant lives.
 

Where learned: Morrell

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; ENDURANCE ; Jump ; Jump ; SPEED

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

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