The James T. Callow Folklore Archive
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Mexican Easter Custom
THEY'D PRESERVE THE EGG SHELLS AS WHOLE AS POSSIBLE. THEN THE
SHELLS WERE DRIED, COLORED OR DYED. PAPER CUT UP INTO MINIATURE
PIECES OF ALL SHAPES AND COLORS WERE THEN PUT INTO THE SHELLS.
THE OPEN END OF THE EGG WAS SEALED WITH PAPER OR TAPE. NOW THE
EGGS WERE READY TO BE USED AS A FUN-PIECE AT AN EASTER PARTY.
THE EGGS WERE CRACKED OVER EACH OTHER'S HEAD WHEN THE PERSON
WAS CAUGHT OFF GUARD. ALL THE PAPER PIECES WOULD THEN FLY ALL
OVER AND EVERYONE WOULD LAUGH AND CLAP.
[INFORMANT] SAID THAT SHE AND THE OTHER 9 OR 10 MEMBERS
OF HER FAMILY LOOKED FORWARD TO THIS FUN EVERY EASTER.
|Subject headings:|| Favorites|
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR
FATHER TOLD ME THAT WHEN HE LIVED IN PENNSYLVANIA THE DUTCH,
REALLY LOW CLASS GERMANS, HAD A SUPERSTITION THAT IF AN EVIL EYE
WAS PAINTED ABOVE THE BARN DOORS, THIS WOULD
WARD OFF THE EVIL SPIRITS, ALL THEIR BARNS HAD
AN EYE PAINTED ABOVE THE DOORS.
|Subject headings:||BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color|
Date learned: NOT GIVEN
My Doll Dressed in Blue
I have a doll all dressed in blue,
With white stockings and a blue hat.
I took her to the plaza and my doll there fainted.
I took her home, and on my way the doll died.
Climb the ladder to Heaven, for I don't know how.
Count for me the steps for I don't know how to count.
Two and two are four and four and two are six.
Six and two are eight and eight are sixteen steps to heaven.
Informant's mother taught this to her in Toledo about 1947 or 1948. She used to sing it often.
|Subject headings:||Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Song|