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STORM PROTECTION

IT IS A BELIEF OF THE INHABITANTS OF THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE
UNITED STATES, THAT WHEN THERE IS A VIOLENT ELECTRICAL STORM
HITS
THE SAFEST PLACE IN THE HOME IS UNDER A BED COVERED COMPLETELY
COVERED
WITH A DOWN STUFFED QUILT. THIS IS BECAUSE THEY SAY THAT IF THE
HOUSE IS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING, IT WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PENETRATE
THE QUILT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL PRODUCT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 11-04-1969

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ANGORA BELIEF

PUT ANGORA YARN IN THE ICEBOX A FEW HOURS BEFORE YOU
PLAN TO USE IT FOR KNITTING;
IT KEEPS THE YARN FROM SHEDDING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL PRODUCT

Subject headings: Custom
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 01-20-1971

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TO CAUSE ILLNESS IN WITCHES

TO MAKE A WITCH SICK YOU NEED TO DO THESE THINGS:
GET THREE NAILS FROM A COFFIN AND STICK THEM INTO A SAUCE
OF BUTTER AND WINTERGREEN
SAY THE WITCHES NAME AS YOU PLACE
THE SAUCE IN A HIDDEN SPOT WHERE NEITHER SUNLIGHT NOR MOONLIGHT
WILL PENETRATE. YOUR WITCH WILL BE SICK FOR SIX MONTHS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL PRODUCT ; PLANT NERB

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Animal product Butter
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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