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JACK IN THE PULPIT (INDIAN TURNIP)

IT WAS CALLED JUG WOMAN'S BABY BY THE PENOBSCOT INDIANS
AND REGARDED AS POISONOUS. THE INNER SEED, DROPPED INTO
A CUP OF WATER, WOULD FLOAT FOUR TIMES CLOCKWISE
AROUND THE CUP AS A SIGN THE PATIENT WOULD GET WELL;
IF IT SANK BEFORE THE FOURTH ROUND, HE WOULD DIE.

Submitter comment: A LITTLE PIECE OF FORTUNE TELLING OR MISFORTUNE
TELLING OF MY GRANDMOTHER. I ALSO RECALL SEEING THIS
ONE IN AN OLD MOVIE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CALUMET

Subject headings: 686 Fourths / Quarters
Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Use of Object Plant

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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