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ANIMAL

ALWAYS KEEP CATS AWAY FROM A BABY BECAUSE CATS SUCK THE LIFE OUT OF
A BABY.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: CA11001973

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THE QUEEN'S SUPPER -- A PART OF MARDI GRAS

AROUND ELEVEN O'CLOCK P.M., AFTER THE BALL, THE KREWE HAS A SUPPER
FOR THE QUEEN. THE QUEEN'S FAMILY GENERALLY INVITES MANY GUESTS
BECAUSE OF THE HONOR BESTOWED UPON THE FAMILY. THERE IS A BALL AND
STREAMERS AND HATS AND FIREWORKS. AFTER SEVERAL HOURS OF DRINKING
CHAMPAGNE OR SCOTCH OR WHISKEY, A BREAKFAST IS USUALLY SERVED.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

Subject headings: 663 Mardi Gras
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting After all

Date learned: 02-00-1971

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FLY LEAF VERSE

STEAL NOT THIS BOOK FOR FEAR OR SHAME,
CAUSE YOU KNOW CYNTHIA COLEMAN IS NOT YOUR NAME,
CAUSE WHEN YOU DIE GOD WILL SAY
WHERE IS THAT BOOK YOU STOLE THAT DAY/
AND WHEN YOU REPLY, "I DO NOT KNOW,"
GOD WILL SAY, "TO HELL YOU GO".

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Updated by TRD

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

Keyword(s): AUTOGRAPH ; RHYME ; Signature ; VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Wisecracks, Gags, Silly Insults

Date learned: CA11001973

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CHAIN LETTERS

WHEN YOU RECEIVE A CHAIN LETTER YOU SHOULD THROW IT INTO THE
RIVER (RUNNING WATER) TO KEEP IT GOING IF YOU DO NOT WANT BAD LUCK.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Word Letter
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: CA11001973

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CHAIN LETTERS

WHEN YOU RECEIVE A CHAIN LETTER YOU SHOULD PUT IT BACK INTO THE
ENVELOPE, BURN IT ON ALL FOUR CORNERS, AND RETURN IT TO THE SENDER.

Submitter comment: I USED BOTH OF THESE METHODS AND NO BAD LUCK CAME TO ME.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Word Letter

Date learned: CA11001973

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When your right hand itch, it means that you will be getting
some money.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): RIGHT LEFT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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You should never put your shoes under your bed, because you
will not rest well.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet
BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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If your left eye jumps, that means someone is going to make
you mad.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): RIGHT LEFT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Eye twitch

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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If you want to contact a deceased love one, you can write
them a letter and they will come to see you.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): Conjuring

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Word Letter

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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Ladies should never show their feet or smoke in public.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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You should always keep your door ledges clean, because that's
where thoughts are held.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 00-00-1971

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If you keep whiskey on the window ledge, it will keep evil
thoughts from disturbing your home.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Distilled
BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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Sprinkle salt around your house, to keep evil spirits out.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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You should never cut your hair; that's where your strength
is.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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If you put water under your bed with a dime in it, you will
have clearer dreams.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Dreams

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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You are never to cross the path of a funeral because you will
be the next person they have a funeral for.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: OOOO1970

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When a black cat cross your path while driving down the road,
you should turn around and go another way, because you will have
something bad to happen to you if you don't.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Conversions

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NAMING PLACE: BATON ROUGE (LOUISIANA)

THE CREEK INDIANS IN DECIDING WHO WANTED WAR OR
PEACE, THREW A RED STICK (BATON ROUGE) IN A
POWWOW CIRCLE. WAR WON OUT. AS A RESULT OF THE
WAR, THE CREEKS WERE CHASED OUT OF LOUISIANA. FOR
RETALIATION, THE CREEKS SLAUGHTERED SOME PEOPLE
IN FORT MIMS, ALABAMA IN 1814. ANDREW JACKSON
STARTED FIGHTING THESE INDIANS AND, AS A RESULT,
CAME INTO NATIONAL PROMINENCE AS A HERO.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans ; ON A TRIP

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
SPEECH -- Folk etymology

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HANDA WANDA CHANT

****** VERSE ONE *************************
INDIAN!!!!
INDIAN FROM HAN DOUAH MAKE LOU AH!!
SAID UPTOWN RULERS AND DOWNTOWN TOO,
SAID THE WILD MAGNOLIAS GOT INJUN BLUE!
HEY BOY WE (BE?) READY, YA'LL WE RIGHT
HANDA WANDA , OH MAMA!
WE THE PRETTIEST IN THE CITY ON MARDI GRAS
HANDA WANDA, OH MAMA!
OH KEDDIE-FAY-HACKO-MA-HO-NA-NAE
HANDA WANDA, OH MAMA!
OH TELL ME BOY WHAT THE INJUN SAY
HANDA WANDA , OH MAMA!
LITTLE BITTY BOY AND LITTLE BITTY GIRL
HANDA WANDA, OH MAMA!
****** VERSE TWO *********
ON MARDI GRAS MORNING THEY WON'T GO WRONG
HEY COME HERE BOY WON'T YOU STAND BY ME
I'M THE PRETTIEST BIG CHIEF YOU EVER DID SEE!
HEY HANDA WANDA HAN DAN DEY
SAY RING THEM DRUMS ON A HOLIDAY
MARDI GRAS MORNING, IT WON'T BE LONG
THEM INJUN RULERS GONNA SING THEIR SONG
RUN GET YOUR MAMA AND YOUR PAPA TOO
HEY THEM INDIAN BOYS GOT INDIAN BLUE
******* VERSE THREE ********
DON'T DENY YOUR NAME YOU GOT YOUR GANG
DON'T DENY YOUR NAME YOU GOT YOUR FAME
NOW HANDA WANDA YA HA NA NEY
HEY WATCH THEM BOYS IN A MARDI GRAS DAY
ON THE PRETTIEST IN THE CITY THE WHOLE DARN LAND
HEY MARDI GRAS MORNING WE DON'T GIVE A DAMN
RUN GET YOUR MAMA, PAPA TOO,
******VERSE FOUR *********
OH THEM INJUNS COMING, GOT INJUN BLUE!
OH TELL ME BOYS WHAT THEM INJUNS SAY
SAY HANDA WANDA HA NA NEY
HEY PRETTIEST IN THE CITY ON A HOLIDAY
HEY REX IS THE RULER MARDI GRAS MORN
I'M A INDIAN RULER GON' CARRY ON'!
HEY SPY BOY JUMPING UP AND DOWN
OH SPY BOY SAID WE GOIN' DOWNTOWN
OH JAK E MA FINO PUT HOLE IN THE GROUND
PUT A HOLE IN THE GROUND AND DANCE ALL AROUND
JAK E MA FINO MA HO NA RAY
OH JAK ON A HOLIDAY
MARDI GRAS MORNING HERE THEY COME
OH THEM INUJUN BOYS GONNA HAVE THEIR FUN
HAN-DIE-KIL-A-WAY
***** VERSE FIVE **********
OH DO LIKE YOU WANNA ON A MARDI GRAS DAY!
OH YA'LL WE READY, YA'LL WE RIGHT
WE THE PRETTIEST IN THE CITY OM MARDI GRAS
HEY COME HERE BOY, WON'T YOU STAND BY ME
I'M THE PRETTIEST BIG CHIEF YOU EVER DID SEE
HAN-DIE-KIL-A-WAY
HAN-DIE-KIL-A-WAY
OH JAK E MO FINO ON A HOLIDAY
OH BOY WE READY YA'LL WE RIGHT

Submitter comment: THE HANDA WANDA CHANT IS ONE OF THE OLDEST AND BEST KNOWN CHANTS
SUNG BY THE WILD MAGNOLIAS INDIAN GROUP. WHEN THEY DO THEIR CHANTS ON
MARDI GRAS, THEY ARE USUALLY MARCHING IN THE STREETS. THE HEAD
INDIAN CALLS THE RHYMES, WHILE THE TOLL OF OTHER INDIANS
AND THE PEOPLE MARCHING ALONG, SING THE PHRASE 'HANDA WANDA, OH
MAMA'. THE INDIANS KEEP IN TIME TOGETHER BY SHAKING
TAMBOURINES, AND BEATING DRUMS. THIS CHANT WAS LATER PUT TO
MUSIC ON RECORD BY THE MAGNOMIA (MAGNOLIA?) INDIANS
IN MY ATTEMPT TO CONVEY THE PROCESSIONS OF AN INDIAN ON
MARDI GRAS DAY. I WOULD FIRST LET MY FRIENDS LISTEN TO THE
RECORD "HANDA WANDA."
IT EXPLAINS SOME OF THE PRESTIGE AND PREPARATIONS
THESE BLACK PEOPLE PUT INTO THE ACT OF AN INDIAN ON MARDI GRAS DAY.
UPON HEARING THE RECORD, INSTANT DISLIKE ON THEIR PART. I INTERPRET
THE WORDS OF THE SONG AND TRY TO GET THEM TO LISTEN TO ONLY
THOSE WORDS THEY CAN CLEARLY UNDERSTAND, THE REST IS
WHAT WE CALL MARDI GRAS BLUES. I THEN TRY TO EXPLAIN WHAT
IS BEING SAID BASICALLY IN EACH VERSE. I DIVIDE THE SONG INTO
FIVE VERSES, AND I TRY TO SHOW THEM THAT THIS SONG OF THE INDIAN
IS ONLY A PREP SONG OR RALLY SONG.
FROM FIRST VERSE-- 'HEY BOY WE READY , YA'LL WE RIGHT'--
THE INDIAN IS
INDICATING THROUGH WORDS THAT ARE NOT EASILY UNDERSTOOD IN ENGLISH,
THAT THEY ARE GETTING READY TO START.
FROM VERSE TWO IS THE INDICATION OF HOW THE INDIAN LOOKS UPON
HIS WARDROBE, 'I'M THE PRETTIEST BIG CHIEF YOU EVER DID SEE.'
FROM VERSE THREE IS ANOTHER PROCLAMATION BY THE INDIAN THAT HE IS
'THE PRETTIEST IN THE CITY THIS DAY, GO GET YOUR MAMA AND YOUR PAPA,
TELL THEM I'M COMING YOUR WAY'.
FROM VERSE FOUR, YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT THE INDIAN HAS STARTED
ON HIS LONG JOURNEY TO DOWNTOWN NEW ORLEANS.
THEY ARE DEEP INTO THE SONG
NOW AND WANT TO KNOW IF THE PEOPLE FEEL AS GOOD AS THEY DO, SO THE
LEADER ASKS WHAT DOES THE INDIAN SAY. THE PEOPLE REPEAT A CHORUS
'HANDA WANDA YA HA NA NEY.'
CONTINUATION OF VERSE FOUR, THE LEADER KNOCKS THE KING OF CARNIVAL,
REX. HE SAYS REX IS THE RULER ON MARDI GRAS DAY, I'M AN INDIAN
RULER GONNA CARRY ON.' HE THEN GOES INTO AN INDIAN TYPE DANCE.
'PUT THE HOLE IN THE GROUND ME GON' DANCE AROUND.'
FROM VERSE FIVE THE INDIAN WANTS TO KNOW IF EVERYONE HAS GOTTEN
THE MESSAGE. SO HE STATES HIS PROPOSITION ONE MORE TIME. 'OH DO
LIKE YOU WANNA ON A MARDI GRAS DAY'.
IF YOU NOTICED THAT IN VERSE ONE, TWO AND FIVE, THAT THE INDIAN
WAS TELLING THE PEOPLE TO DO WHATEVER THEY WANTED TO DO BECAUSE
THIS IS MARDI GRAS DAY, THEN YOU CAN PROBABLY READ THE VERSES
AGAIN AND THEN THROUGH LISTENING TO THE SONG AGAIN, YOU SHOULD BE
ABLE TO FEEL, IF NOT UNDERSTAND, THE EXCITEMENT AND GAIETY THE
INDIANS ARE TRYING TO GENERATE FOR THIS MARDI GRAS DAY.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

Subject headings: 663 Mardi Gras

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DEATH

NEVER WALK WITH ONE SHOE ON AND ONE SHOE OFF OR YOUR
MOTHER OR FATHER WILL DIE.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.19

Date learned: CA11001973

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