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MARRIAGE CUSTOM

IN THE NIGERIAN TRIBE HAUSA, THE COUPLE DOES NOT BEGIN TO LIVE
TOGETHER UNTIL TWO WEEKS FOLLOWING THE WEDDING.

Submitter comment: THIS IS DONE IN NIGERIA

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.14

Date learned: 10-00-1981

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PLANTING CUSTOM

AT PLANTING TIME, YOU EXCHANGE SEEDLINGS WITH YOUR NEIGHBOR BUT
DO NOT PLANT THEM UNTIL A SIGNAL IS GIVEN BY THE RAIN PEOPLE, WHO ARE
THOSE WISE MEN WHO HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF WHEN IT WILL RAIN.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS IN NIGERIA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 10-00-1981

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WEATHER BELIEF

IF A RAINBOW APPEARS AT THE BEGINNING OF A STORM, THE RAINBOW
SIGNIFIES THAT AN IMPORTANT PERSON OR LARGE ANIMAL IS BEING BORN.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS IN NIGERIA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 10-00-1981

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THESE WORDS ARE USUALLY SAID BY THE MOTHER PLAYFULLY
AND THEN ANSWERED BY THE CHILD.
WHO'S MY LITTLE WHO'S ITS.
WHO'S MY TURTLE DOVE,
WHO'S MY LITTLE WHO'S ITS.
ANSWER: MEEEE

Data entry tech comment: I'VE HEARD A LAST LINE, THUS: WHO DO YOU LOVE?
WE USED TO SING THIS VERSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 10-03-1969

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BAD LUCK

DO NOT EAT MONKEY BECAUSE OF ITS RESEMBLANCE TO MAN.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS IN NIGERIA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat Wild animal
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 10-00-1981

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ENVELOPE INSCRIPTION

SWALCAKWS
SEALED WITH A LICK, CAUSE A KISS WOULDN'T STICK.

Submitter comment: ON A LETTER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

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GOOD LUCK

A STONE IS PLACED IN YOUR FRONT YARD AND BLOOD FROM ANY ANIMAL YOU
KILL TO EAT, IS SPRINKLED ON THIS STONE. THIS HAS THE DEVIL STOPPING
AT THE STONE FOR BLOOD INSTEAD OF COMING INTO YOUR HOUSE FOR IT.

Submitter comment: THIS IS BELIEVED IN NIGERIA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

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

Date learned: 10-00-1981

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APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE
WHO'S NOT READY HOLLER I.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 10-00-1970

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IF A WOMAN IS SWEEPING A ROOM AND TOUCHES YOU WITH HER BROOM,
YOU WILL NEVER GET A WOMAN.

Submitter comment: THIS IS BELIEVED IN NIGERIA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working

Date learned: 10-00-1981

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DEATH BELIEF

WATER DEVIL: A ONE-TOED, ONE-LEGGED CREATURE WHO IS SAID TO BE
RESPONSIBLE FOR PEOPLE DROWNING DURING FLOODS.

Submitter comment: THIS IS BELIEVED IN NIGERIA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-00-1981

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ON ST. LUCY'S FEAST, PEOPLE IN SICILY MAKE A CRACKED
WHEAT CEREAL THAT THEY EAT THE WHOLE DAY, NOTHING
ELSE IS ALLOWED. THIS WAS A FASTING RULE TO HONOR
ST. LUCY.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT WAS ALWAYS GIVEN THIS ON ST. LUCY'S
DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; LANSING-REILLY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F121
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Plant food Cereal

Date learned: 10-06-1970

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EXPECTANT MOTHERS

IF A PREGNANT WOMAN EATS THE FLESH OF A WILD PIG, SHE WILL HAVE A
VERY UGLY OR FEROCIOUS BABY.

Submitter comment: THIS IS BELIEVED IN NIGERIA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat Wild animal
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 10-00-1981

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HIDE AND SEEK

THIS WAS PICKED UP IN GRADE SCHOOL. WHEN PLAYING HIDE AND
SEEK, THE PERSON WHO DOES THE COUNTING YELLS OUT: "APPLE,
PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE, WHO IS NOT READY, HOLLER "I". WHEN
HE HAS REACHED THE END OF HIS COUNT. IF SOMEONE IS NOT
READY, THE PERSON COUNTS HALF THE AMOUNT AND STARTS
SEARCHING BY YELLING, "READY OR NOT, HERE I COME."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BAD LUCK

BEING AWAKENED BY THE HOOTS OF AN OWL IS A BAD LUCK OMEN.

Submitter comment: THIS IS BELIEVED IN NIGERIA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 10-00-1981

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THE CALL-IN VERSE FOR THE GAME, HIDE AND SEEK

ALI-ALI-AXON ALL IN FREE.
BETTER BE IN BY THE COUNT OF THREE,
OR YOU'LL BE IT. 1-2-3

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; SCHOOL APARTMENT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.524

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RIDDLE

WHAT IS GREEN AND LIKES CHILDREN?
ANSWER: ART LINKLETTUCE

Data entry tech comment: PUN ON ART LINKLETTER, A HOST OF A TELEVISION SHOW ; FEATURING

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

James Callow Keyword(s): LETTUCE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 02-11-1971

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RIDDLE

WHAT IS PURPLE AND SWIMS IN THE SEA?
ANSWER: MOBY DICK

Submitter comment: RIDDLE WAS GIVEN WHILE WATCHING THE MOVIE MOBY DICK.

Data entry tech comment: MOBY DICK IS A WHALE AND ALSO THE NAME OF THE ; BOOK WRITTEN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-27-1967

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RIDDLE

HOW DO YOU FIT FOUR ELEPHANTS IN A VOLKSWAGEN?
ANSWER: TWO IN THE FRONT AND TWO IN THE BACK.

Data entry tech comment: A VOLKSWAGEN BEATLE WAS A SMALL GERMAN-MADE CAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-03-1967

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RIDDLE

WHAT IS FASTER THAN A SPEEDING BULLET?
ANSWER: SUPERPICKLE

Data entry tech comment: IN THE INTRODUCTION TO THE SUPERMAN TELEVISION ; SHOW, IT IS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-03-1967

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RIDDLE

WHAT IS PURPLE AND LIVES IN PHONEBOOTHS?
ANSWER: SUPERGRAPE

Data entry tech comment: SUPERMAN, A CARTOON CHARACTER, CHANGED INTO HIS ; SUPERMAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

James Callow Keyword(s): PHONEBOOTH

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-02-1970

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