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HOLY THURSDAY

ON HOLY THURSDAY, THE FLOWERS ON THE SIDE ALTAR OF THE CATHOLUC
CHURCH WERE ARRANGED IN AN ESPECIALLY BEAUTIFUL MANNER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Holy Thursday

Date learned: 10-12-1970

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RECIPE FOR COUGH MEDICINE

EQUAL PARTS OF LEMON JUICE, HONEY, AND WHISKEY. THE MIXTURE IS
TAKEN WARM , TWO TABLESPOONS AT A TIME.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM MOTHER.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 03-16-1967

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CUSTOM

WHENEVER SOMEONE GIVES A SHARP OBJECT AS A GIFT IN HER FAMILY,
THE PERSON WHO RECEIVES THE SHARP OBJECT AS A GIFT GIVES THE GIVER
A PENNY TO SYMBOLIZE THAT THEIR FRIENDSHIP WILL NOT BREAK UP AS A
RESULT OF THE GIFT. THE SUPERSTITION, THAT GIVING A SHARP OBJECT
AS A GIFT WILL RESULT IN THE LOSS OF FRIENDSHIP, IS COUNTERACTED
BY THE PENNY.

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME ; SAINT CLAIR

Keyword(s): GIFT FRIENDSHIP PENNY

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

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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BELIEF IN THE PATRON SAINTS

MY GREAT GRANDMOTHER,
CAROLINE SASSAK, ALWAYS PRAYED THAT SHE
WOULD DIE ON HER PATRON SAINTS FEAST DAY
AND SHE DID. MY AUNT, MARY DROTAR, ALSO SAID
SHE WOULD DIE ON HER PATRON SAINT'S DAY (OCTOBER 25)
AND SHE DID ALSO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 11-29-1970

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PALM SUNDAY TRADITION

ON PALM SUNDAY THE PEOPLE USED TO HAVE PROCESSIONS AROUND THE
CHURCH WITH PALMS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Tuesday

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NUMBERS

FRIDAY THE 13TH IS A UNLUCKY DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: 686 Specific number by specific number being described

Date learned: 11-13-1970

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SUPERSTITION EVIL EYE

MY MOTHER USED TO BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE CAME
AND CARRIED YOUR SLEEP AWAY,
ESPECIALLY IF THERE WAS
A NEW BABY .
IF A STRANGER STARES AT THE BABY THEY
TAKE THE SLEEP AWAY.
TO UNDO THIS YOU TAKE A HOT COAL
FROM THE FIRE AND DROP IT IN A TALL GLASS
OF WATER. IF IT DOES NOT SINK, THEN IT IS TRUE
THAT THE PERSON HAD WICKED EYES.
IF THE COAL GOES TO THE BOTTOM THE BABY WILL
GO TO SLEEP. SHE WOULD ALSO
TAKE A DRINK OF THE WATER AND SHE WOULD
MAKE THE SIGN OF THE CROSS OVER THE WATER.

Submitter comment: THE MOTHER OF MARY ABRAMS WAS BORN IN HUNGARY AND
RAISED IN EUROPE. SHE CAME TO THE UNITED STATES AND
LIVED ON A FARM IN SCANTON, PENN.
WITH HER HUSBAND AND FAMILY.

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 11-10-1970

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ONE CAN TELL IF YOU HAVE TRULY KILLED A WITCH IF A CROW CROWS.
IF YOU DID NOT HEAR THE CROW IT WAS A SIGN THAT THE WITCH HAD TAKEN
OVER A NEW BORN BABY'S SOUL.

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Bird

Date learned: 03-20-1970

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PROVERB

HE THAT CANNOT OBEY, CANNOT COMMAND.

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-02-1969

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CURE FOR SPRING FEVER

BOIL SASSAFRAS TEA- DRINK WHILE WARM.

Submitter comment: SPRING FEVER IS SIMILAR TO A GENERAL UPSET, TENSE AND NERVOUS
CONDITION. THOUGH IT IS KNOWN TO OCCUR ANY TIME OF THE YEAR IT IS
PARTICULARLY KNOWN IN THE SPRING; PEOPLE SHOW IT THROUGH THE
LACK OF ENERGY AND GENERAL SENSE OF LAZINESS.

Data entry tech comment: THREE OTHER SIMILAR REFERENCES IN THIS SECTION OF THE ARCHIVE.

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-14-1971

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THE BAG OF BONES

IT WAS SAID THAT A TAXI CAB DRIVER PICKED UP A PASSENGER OPPOSITE A
CHURCH. THE PASSENGER ASKED TO BE DRIVEN TO A HOTEL IN THE DOWNTOWN
AREA. ON THE WAY TO THE HOTEL THE TAXI CAB DRIVER TOOK A ROUTE THAT
PASSED BY A CEMETERY. ON APPROACHING THE CEMETERY, THE PASSENGER
ASKED THE DRIVER TO STOP FOR A FEW MINUTES SO THAT HE COULD SAY HELLO
TO A FRIEND WHO LIVED NEARBY. THE DRIVER DID AS HE WAS ASKED TO DO.
THE DRIVER SAID THAT HE STOPPED THE CAR IN FRONT OF THE HOUSE
OPPOSITE THE CEMETERY. HE TURNED TO ASK THE PASSENGER A QUESTION,
BUT THERE WAS NO ONE THERE, ONLY A LADY'S HANDBAG AND A PILLOWCASE.
THE PILLOWCASE WAS FOUND TO CONTAIN BONES OF A HUMAN SKELETON.
THE DRIVER SAID THAT THE CAR DOOR NEVER OPEND. THE POLICE FOUND
NO FINGERPRINTS ON THE CAR DOOR OR SEAT OR THE OBJECTS FOUND IN THE
CAR.

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME ; NASSAU NP BAHAMAS

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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EVIL EYE IN INDIA

IF THE EYE HAS BEEN CAST UPON YOU
YOU WILL GET SICK OR SOMETHING BAD WILL HAPPEN.
TO TAKE IT AWAY YOU MUST WAVE A MIXTURE OF RED CHILES
AND SALT OVER THE CHILD'S HEAD. AT THE SAME TIME
YOU RECITE A CRADLE AND END UP BY WAVING OVER THE
HEAD IN THE SHAPE OF A CROSS.
THEN YOU MUST THROW IT INTO THE FIRE TO BURN.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME ; EAST QUAD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 03-05-1971

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RELIGIOUS LEGEND

ONE DAY WHEN THE BLESSED VIRGIN WAS WALKING THROUGH THE DESERT SHE
MARVELED AT THE BEAUTY OF THE DATE TREE. SHE EXCLAIMED, "OH",
GOD WAS SO WARMED BY HER EXCLAMATION OF JOY THAT ON EVERY DATE
PIT IS IMPRINTED AN O.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): BIBLICAL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero

Date learned: 02-18-1970

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WORMS

WEAR A PIECE OF GARLIC AROUND NECK TO CHASE OFF BAD SPIRITS AND TO
CURE STOMACH WORMS.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 04-00-1970

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RHYME

PEACHES, PEACHES/ MY NOSE ITCHES,/ SOMEONE'S COMING/
WITH A HOLE IN THEIR BRITCHES.

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): FEMINE RHYME ; ITERATION ; RHYME:AABA ; STRAINED RHYME?

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

Date learned: 11-02-1969

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BIRTHDAY CAKE

EATING THE FIRST SLICE OF YOUR BIRTHDAY CAKE WILL BRING
YOU GOOD LUCK AND MAKE YOUR WISH COME TRUE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME ; LIVONIA

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 04-03-1970

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BLONDIE AND DAGWOOD WENT TO TOWN,/ BLONDIE BOUGHT AN EVENING GOWN./
DAGWOOD BOUGHT A PAIR OF SHOES,/ ALEXANDER BOUGHT THE NEWS,/ AND IN
THE NEWS IT SAID: "CLOSE YOUR EYES AND COUNT TO TEN, IF YOU MISS YOU
TAKE AN END.

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; ENDURANCE ; Jump

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

Date learned: 02-00-1970

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WITCH TALE

"MY MOTHER TOLD ME THAT ONE TIME A TURTLE WAS EATING ALL THE SOUR
CREAM AND EACH DAY IT WAS DISAPPEARING AND THEY COULDN'T FIND OUT
WHERE IT WAS GOING. SO ONE DAY THEY GOT CLOSE ENOUGH TO FIND WHAT
WAS GETTING AT THE CREAM. THEY SAW IT WAS A TURTLE. SO THEY BEAT
IT WITH A WIDE SHOVEL. SO THEY DISCOVERED IN THIS TURTLE WAS AN
OLD LADY. SO HOW THEY FOUND OUT IT WAS AN OLD LADY, THEY SAW HER
WALKING DOWN THE STREET THE NEXT DAY CRIPPLED UP WITH A BACK ACHE.
SO WHEN SHE TOLD SHE WAS BEAT WITH A SHOVEL. SO SHE NEVER STOLE NO
MORE SOUR CREAM."

Submitter comment: THE MOTHER OF THE INFORMANT WAS BORN IN HUNGARY AND RAISED IN EUROPE
SHE CAME TO THE UNITED STATES AND LIVED ON A FARM IN SCRANTON, PENN.
WITH HER HUSBAND AND FAMILY.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): ANIMALS

James Callow Keyword(s): PENNSYLVANIA

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: 11-10-1970

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BUBBLE GUM, BUBBLE GUM IN A DISH,/
HOW MANY BUBBLE GUMS DO YOU WISH? 1, 2,

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): ENDURANCE ; Jump

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

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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GYPSIES WILL PICK UP ANY CHILDREN THEY SEE AND THEY WILL TAKE

ANYTHING THEY CAN PICK UP.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT TOLD OF HOW HER MOTHER USED TO MAKE ALL THE CHILDREN
COME INTO THE YARD OF THEIR FARM (SCRANTON, PENN. WHEN SHE
HEARD THE SOUND OF THE GYSPY WAGONS COMING. THEY USED TO PASS
BY THE FARM OFTEN AND INFORMANT'S MOTHER WAS AFRAID THEY
WOULD TAKE THE CHILDREN.

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): STEALING

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- B439

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