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WELL WITCHING

WHEN I WANTED MY WELL DUG, I KNEW JUST EXACTLY WHERE TO PUT
IT. I HAD WITCHED FOR IT WITH A FORKED PEACH TREE LIMB.
ALL YOU DO IS HOLD IT STEADY RIGHT OUT IN FRONT OF YOU AND
WALK ABOUT. WHEN IT BENDS, THAT IS WHERE WATER IS, AND
SURE ENOUGH IT WAS THERE. I'VE GOT A GOOD WELL FULL OF
GOOD CLEAR WATER AND I FOUND IT BY WITCHING FOR IT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CANEY SPRINGS

Keyword(s): WATER WITCHING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Still water Man made container.
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 02-23-1969

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LEGEND

DOWN THE OLD MILL ROAD IN CEDAR SPRINGS {MICHIGAN}, EARLY
IN THE 1960S, THERE WAS AN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT INVOLVING
A YOUNG COUPLE. THE MAN WAS KILLED INSTANTANIOUSLY, THE
YOUNG WOMAN, HOWEVER, HAD THE MISFORTUNE OF SURVIVING
THE IMMEDIATE ACCIDENT. BLEEDING AND HALF IN A STATE OF
SHOCK, SHE STARTED WANDERING DOWN THE DARK ROAD IN THE
DIRECTION OF HELP ONLY TO COLLAPSE AND ALSO DIE IN THE
ROAD. NOW SHE WANDERS THE ROAD IN THE FORM OF A SPIRIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CEDAR SPRINGS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 07-00-1969

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STORY

IN THE 1820'S AT SPRING ARBOR, MICHIGAN, AN INDIAN CHIEF WAS
CAPTURED DURING THE WAR. AFTER THE WAR, THE ENGLISH ALLOWED
HIM TO RETURN TO HIS TRIBE. HE WAS SIX FEET TALL AND USED
CRUTCHES TO GET AROUND. IT IS SAID THAT HE WOULD CHALLENGE
ANY MAN TO RACE WITH HIM AND THAT HE ALWAYS WON. EVEN THOUGH
ONE-LEGGED, HE HAD DEVELOPED AN ENORMOUS SPRINT WITH THE AID
OF HIS CRUTCHES.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; SPRING ARBOR

Keyword(s): Chief ; INDIAN ; Legend ; Native American

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Occupation War
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails

Date learned: 03-19-1970

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STORY

IN THE 1820'S AT SPRING ARBOR, MICHIGAN, AN INDIAN CHIEF WAS
CAPTURED DURING THE WAR. AFTER THE WAR, THE ENGLISH ALLOWED
HIM TO RETURN TO HIS TRIBE. HE WAS SIX FEET TALL AND USED
CRUTCHES TO GET AROUND. IT IS SAID THAT HE WOULD CHALLENGE
ANY MAN TO RACE WITH HIM AND THAT HE ALWAYS WON. EVEN THOUGH
ONE-LEGGED, HE HAD DEVELOPED AN ENORMOUS SPRINT WITH THE AID
OF HIS CRUTCHES.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SPRING ARBOR

Keyword(s): INDIAN ; Legend ; Native American

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Occupation War
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails

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SUPERSTITIONS ABOUT ANIMALS

A DOG WILL TURN OUT TO BE A GOOD ONE IF HE IS NAMED AFTER A
BAD PERSON.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; DOUBLE SPRINGS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Animal

Date learned: 04-01-1972

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WEATHER SIGN:

HEAVY RAIN IS COMING IF SHEEP TURN THEIR BACKS TO THE WIND.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; DOUBLE SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 04-01-1972

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IN FRONT OF THE SOCIAL HALL AT THE USAFA THERE IS A STATUE
OF THE WINGED HORSE PEGASUS. THE LEGEND IS THAT IF A VIRGIN WALKS
IN FRONT OF IT, THAT IT WILL COME TO LIFE AND FLY AWAY.

Submitter comment: HOWEVER, IT'S STILL THERE.

Where learned: COLORADO SPRINGS ; US AIR FORCE ACADEMY

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

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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IT'S A TRADITION AT THE U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY FOR EACH
GRADUATING CLASS TO STEAL A HIGHWAY EXIT SIGN WHICH HAS THAT CLASS'
YEAR OF GRADUATION AS THE EXIT NUMBER, AND TO SET IT UP IN A
PROMINENT LOCATION, USUALLY THE STADIUM.

Where learned: COLORADO SPRINGS ; US AIR FORCE ACADEMY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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A BIT OF CHARCOAL BOILED WITH CABBAGE DESTROYS THE DIS-
AGREEABLE ODOR AND RENDERS THE CABBAGE MORE DIGESTIBLE.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; HOLLY SPRINGS

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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NEVER BRING A HOE OR RAKE INTO THE HOUSE, IT WILL CAUSE
SOMEONE IN THE HOME TO GET SICK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RED BOILING SPRINGS

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

Date learned: 02-26-1972

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INCEST

THIS JOKE I HEARD AT SUNDAY SCHOOL. IT'S ABOUT INCEST. IT'S
OK IF IT'S KEPT IN THE FAMILY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; SPRINGFIELD

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
BELIEF -- Marriage

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A CUSTOM IN THE ITALIAN COMMUNITY:
AFTER A FUNERAL ON THE WAY TO THE CEMETARY YOU ALWAYS PASS
BY THE DECEASED'S HOME.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; SPRINGFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): CEMETERY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 09-20-1977

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TO STOP BLEEDING, PUT SPIDER WEBS ACROSS THE WOUND.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; SPRINGFIELD

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

Date learned: 10-12-1977

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TO STOP A COUGH, MIX EQUAL PARTS RYE WHISKEY AND HARD
PACKED BROWN SUGAR. WHEN ALL THE SUGAR IS DISSOLVED, THIS
MAKES A GOOD COUGH SYRUP.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; SPRINGFIELD

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

Date learned: 10-20-1977

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TO CURE HICCUPS, HOLD YOUR BREATH AND TAKE TEN SMALL SIPS
OF WATER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; SPRINGFIELD

Subject headings: 686 First / Once / One / Newness
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-20-1977

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TO CURE A NOSEBLEED, LIE DOWN AND PUT A DIME ON YOUR HEART.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; SPRINGFIELD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-20-1977

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NEVER WEAR BLACK OR WHITE TO A WEDDING, IT IS BAD LUCK FOR
THE BRIDE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; SPRINGFIELD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Ceremony
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 10-20-1977

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THERE IS ONE STORY TOLD ABOUT THE BELL WITCH CAVE. ABOUT
FORTY YEARS AGO, A DOCTOR SENT ONE OF HIS PATIENTS TO THE
CAVE. SHE WAS TO STAND AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE CAVE TO CURE
HER OF HER COMPLAINTS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; SPRINGFIELD

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Formation
BELIEF -- Curer
BELIEF -- Remedy

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WEREWOLF

THERE ARE TWO DIRT ROADS WHICH INTERSECT
JUST OFF OF HIGHWAY 49, ABOUT FIVE MILES
SOUTH WEST OF SPRINGFIELD, TENNESSEE,
WHICH IS CALLED WEREWOLF JUNCTION. SEVERAL
TIMES FAMILIES WHO LIVE AND FARM IN THIS
AREA HAVE SAID THAT THEY HAVE HEARD STRANGE
NOISES AROUND THIS PARTICULAR AREA. THEY
HAVE BEEN ATTRIBUTED TO A BELLOWING COW
OR PEACOCK, BUT THIS HASN'T BEEN VERIFIED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; SPRINGFIELD

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 07-12-1968

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ANN: ABOUT PUTTING A SPELL ON PEOPLE?
THE FIRST TIME I WAS MARRIED, I FELT LIKE
SOMETHING UNDER MY SKIN CRAWLING. I'D HEAR
BELLS AND TRAINS AND AROARING IN MY HEAD.
I'D PULL THE CURTAINS DOWN AND I'D WAKE
UP AND NOT KNOW WHAT I'D DONE. THEN WHEN
I'D COME TO SPRINGFIELD FROM PORT ROYAL
I'D FEEL BETTER.
ANN: YOU WERE LIVING IN PORT ROYAL THEN?
LOUISE: YES, DADDY TOOK ME TO THE DOCTOR
AND HE GAVE ME SOME OIL, SOME CASTOR OIL,
EVERY THIRTY MINUTES. SO I DID TAKE HIT.
ANN: THEN YOU WENT BACK TO PORT ROYAL AND THE
GIRL--WHAT HAPPENED?
LOUISE: I KNEW SHE WAS RUNNING AROUND WITH
MY HUSBAND, SO I WAS RUNNING AROUND TOO.
THE GIRL, SHE WAS PREGNANT AND SHE DIED
CAUSE SHE TRIED TO DESTROY THE BABY AND I GOT
ALL RIGHT.
ANN: WHO PUT THE SPELL ON YOU?
LOUISE: MAYBE THE GIRL OR SOMEONE ELSE. BUT
I KNOW AFTER SHE DIED I GOT ALL RIGHT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; SPRINGFIELD

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 07-17-1968

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