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BELIEF-DAILY LIFE

DON'T TELL A DREAM BEFORE BREAKFAST OR IT WILL COME TRUE.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: INDIANA ; Hudson Lake

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Dreams

Date learned: 11-25-1967

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DREAMS

IF YOU DREAM ABOUT ANY NO OR NUMBER OF THINGS, USE IT AS A LUCKY NO.

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

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams

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BELIEF

EATING A LARGE MEAL BEFORE BED CAUSES NIGHTMARES.

Submitter comment:

THERE MANY OTHER EXAMPLES OF HOW FOOD IS SUPPOSED TO AFFECT YOUR
SLEEP LIFE. THESE WOULD DWELL MORE ON SPECIFIC FOODS HOWEVER.
I SUSPECT THEY WERE PROBABLY STARTED BY SOMEBODY'S PARENTS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MILFORD

Keyword(s): BODY ; DREAMS ; FOOD ; FUNCTION ; Nightmares ; SLEEP

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Dreams

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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DREAM

IF YOU DREAM ABOUT FISH, SOMEONE IS PREGNANT, MY SISTER DREAMT ABOUT
FISH AND A COUPLE OF DAYS LATER MY COUSIN WAS PREGNANT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Dreams

Date learned: 03-00-1979

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DREAMS

IF YOU DREAM THAT YOU ARE FALLING AND YOU HIT THE BOTTOM YOU
COULD DIE FROM THE IMPACT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HUNTINGTON WOODS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Dreams

Date learned: CA00001974

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MY GRANDMOTHER USED TO TELL THE STORY OF A YOUNG GIRL WHO WAS
INVITED TO A BALL ON A DRAWBRIDGE IN FRANCE. WHEN THE GIRL
AWAKENED THE MORNING OF THE DANCE, HER MOTHER TOLD HER OF A DREAM
SHE HAD THE NIGHT BEFORE THAT SOMETHING TERRIBLE WAS GOING TO
HAPPEN AT THE PARTY. IN SPITE OF HER MOTHER'S PLEAS, TO STAY
HOME, THE GIRL WENT TO THE DANCE. THAT NIGHT AT THE PARTY THE
BRIDGE HAPPENED TO OPEN AND ALL THE PEOPLE FELL INTO THE WATER AND
DROWNED.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A TRUE STORY.
DREAM AS OMEN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Dreams
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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LOVE

ON THE EVE OF ST. JOHN, THE GIRLS GATHER FOR A DANCE AND DREAM LATER
OF THE MEN THEY ARE GOING TO MARRY. THEY MAY EVEN LOOK IN A MIRROR
ON THAT DAY TO SEE IF SOME YOUNG MAN IS STANDING BEHIND THEM.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- FOG2
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Dreams

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WEDDING BELIEF

IF A PIECE OF WEDDING CAKE IS PLACED UNDER A GIRL'S PILLOW, SHE WILL
DREAM OF HER FUTURE SPOUSE.

Submitter comment: REGARDLESS OF WHAT MY GRANDMOTHER HEARD ABOUT PUTTING CAKE UNDER
A PILLOW IN CHICAGO, SHE THOUGHT IT BETTER FOR THE CAKE TO BE IN
THE FRIDGE THAN CRUMBS TO BE IN THE BED.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

James Callow Keyword(s): REFRIGERATOR

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Dreams

Date learned: 00-00-1940

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IF YOU DREAM ABOUT FISH, SOMEONE CLOSE TO YOU IS PREGNANT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Dreams

Date learned: 11-14-1980

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DREAMS

IF A PERSON DREAMS OF A MARRIAGE THEN HE IS DREAMING OF HIS DEATH.
MY FREIND'S GRANDFATHER EXPERIENCED THIS AND HE DIED TWO WEEKS LATER.

Submitter comment: I WAS RATHER SURPRISED WHEN I FOUND OUT THAT MY NEIGHBOR EXPERIENCED
THIS. I WAS FASCINATED BY IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Dreams

Date learned: 00-00-1980

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NEW YEAR'S DREAMS

IN POLAND, IT IS A BELIEF THAT IF YOU DREAM ABOUT MARRYING A
PERSON THREE DAYS IN A ROW; ON NEW YEAR'S EVE, NEW YEAR'S DAY,
AND THE DAY AFTER, YOU WILL MARRY THAT PERSON BEFORE THE NEXT
YEAR COMES.

Submitter comment: THERE IS ONE POINT TO BE MENTIONED IN REGARDS TO NEW YEAR'S EVE.
IT IS BELIEVED THAT SPIRITS ARE RESTLESS ON NEW YEAR'S EVE AND
THEY WANDER IN AND OUT OF HOUSES. THEREFORE, ON THAT DAY,
POLES ARE CAREFUL NOT TO WAVE SHARP OBJECTS IN THE AIR SUCH AS;
KNIVES, SCISSORS, AND PENCILS, SO AS NOT TO INJURE A SPIRIT AND
GIVE HIM CAUSE TO BE ANGRY WITH THEIR HOUSEHOLD. ALSO, THE POLES
WOULD LEAVE PLATES OF FOOD NEXT TO EMPTY CHAIRS IN CERTAIN PARTS OF
THE HOUSE. IF THEY WOULD DO THESE THINGS, THEY THOUGHT THE SPIRITS
WOULD THEN FEEL FREE TO BLESS THEIR HOUSEHOLD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Observation
Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- 39815
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Dreams

Date learned: 00-00-1978

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MY FRIEND JOE BELIEVES THAT IF HE CAN COUNT 9 STARS ON 9 SUCCESSIVE
NIGHTS, ON THE 9TH NIGHT THE GIRL HE DREAMS OF WILL BECOME HIS WIFE.

Submitter comment: JOE LEARNED THIS BELIEF FROM HIS SISTER WHEN HE WAS A CHILD. ONE
WOULD THINK THIS BELIEF ORIGINATED IN A CLOUDY CLIMATE, BECAUSE IT
WOULD BE EASY TO DO IN A NICE WEATHER AREA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

Subject headings: 686 Ninths / Nine
Favorites
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Dreams

Date learned: 00-00-1964 ; 00-00-1976

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DREAM

ANY DREAM THAT IS REPEATED THREE TIMES WILL COME TRUE
ACCORDING TO MANY IRISH BELIEFS. ANOTHER INTERPRETATION IS THAT
THE DREAM IS OMEN OF DEATH IF REPEATED THREE TIMES.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Dreams

Date learned: 00001940S

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DREAM BELIEF

A CO-WORKER TOLD ME, AROUND 1956, THAT IF YOU DREAM OF
FISH, SOMEONE IN YOUR FAMILY, OR SOMEONE CLOSE TO YOU IS
GOING TO HAVE A BABY. MY FRIEND, TOMMIE PEGEUSE, SWORE
THAT IT WAS TRUE AND REFUSED TO BELIEVE ANY ARGUMENTS
TO THE CONTRARY. SHE CLAIMED THAT SHE DREAMED OF FISH
SO SELDOM THAT WHEN SHE DID IT JUST NATURALLY STUCK
IN HER MIND, AND THEN SURE ENOUGH, SHE WOULD SOON HEAR
ABOUT A FRIEND'S OR RELATIVE'S PREGNANCY.

Submitter comment: IN 1956, THE INFORMANT WAS EMPLOYED BY THE ATLANTIC AND
PACIFIC TEA COMPANY (A&P).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Dreams
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about friends and lovers
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about babies
BELIEF -- Dreams Foretelling about birth and life
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about weddings, funerals, and other crucial moments of life
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about animals

Date learned: 09-00-1982

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LEBANESE BELIEF

IF YOU WAKE UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT FROM A NIGHTMARE AND GO TO
THE BATHROOM AND FLUSH THE TOILET, YOU CAN GO BACK TO BED WITHOUT
WORRYING ABOUT A RECURRENCE OF THE NIGHTMARE.

Submitter comment: MY MOM OBTAINED THIS BELIEF IN FADJUNA, LEBANON AND TOLD IT TO ME
IN SOUTHFIELD, MICHIGAN

Where learned: LEBANON ; FADJUNA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams

Date learned: 00001950S

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THE INFORMANT BELIEVES THAT DREAMS CAN LEAD TO FORTUNES.
WHEN SHE HAS A DREAM SHE CAN VIVIDLY RECALL, SHE GETS
A DREAM BOOK AND FINDS THE CORRESPONDING NUMBERS FOR
THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF THE DREAM. SHE THEN
PLAYS THESE NUMBERS IN THE LOTTERY.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HAS WON IN THE LOTTERY NUMEROUS TIMES AND
ATTRIBUTES HER WINNINGS TO THE DREAMS. SHE SAYS SOMETIMES
WHEN SHE DREAMS OF A DECEASED RELATIVE THEY WILL GIVE HER
THE NUMBERS TO PLAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMEROLOGY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 03-00-1983

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IF A PERSON PUTS A GLASS OF WATER UNDER HIS BED, HE
WILL DREAM THAT NIGHT.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HAS NEVER TRIED IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams

Date learned: 04-00-1983

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IN DREAMS THE SOULS OF THE DEAD COME TO VISIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Dreams

Date learned: 04-00-1983

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IF A PERSON DREAMS THAT HE IS TRAVELING ACROSS WATER,
HE WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.572

Date learned: 04-00-1983

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IF YOU DREAM SOMEONE IS GETTING MARRIED THEN THEY NEVER
WILL. THE INTERPRETATION OF THE DREAM IS ALWAYS OPPOSITE
OF WHAT THE DREAM WAS ABOUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Dreams

Date learned: 03-00-1983

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