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WWIELU OKOLICACH POLSKI PANIYE WSROE LUDU PRZEKONAMIE, ZE NIE
NALEZY KAPAC SIE IV RZECE LUB JEZIORZE PRZED DNIEM SIV. JANA
ZAKAZ DOTYCZY SPRAWY BEZ POROWNINIA WAZNIEJSZEJ USWIECENIA WODY.
THERE EXISTS IN MANY VILLAGES IN POLAND THIS BELIEF THAT NO ONE IS
TO GO SWIMMING INTO THE LAKES OR POOLS BEFORE THE FEAST OF ST. JOHN.
IT IS BELIEVED THAT WITH THIS FEAST THE WATER IS BLESSED.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 24 St. John's Day / Midsummer Day
BELIEF -- Water
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
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