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PALM SUNDAY TRADITION

ON PALM SUNDAY THE PEOPLE USED TO HAVE PROCESSIONS AROUND THE
CHURCH WITH PALMS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Tuesday

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HOLY THURSDAY

ON HOLY THURSDAY, THE FLOWERS ON THE SIDE ALTAR OF THE CATHOLUC
CHURCH WERE ARRANGED IN AN ESPECIALLY BEAUTIFUL MANNER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Subject headings: 663 Holy Thursday

Date learned: 10-12-1970

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CUSTOM

WHENEVER SOMEONE GIVES A SHARP OBJECT AS A GIFT IN HER FAMILY,
THE PERSON WHO RECEIVES THE SHARP OBJECT AS A GIFT GIVES THE GIVER
A PENNY TO SYMBOLIZE THAT THEIR FRIENDSHIP WILL NOT BREAK UP AS A
RESULT OF THE GIFT. THE SUPERSTITION, THAT GIVING A SHARP OBJECT
AS A GIFT WILL RESULT IN THE LOSS OF FRIENDSHIP, IS COUNTERACTED
BY THE PENNY.

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME ; SAINT CLAIR

Keyword(s): GIFT FRIENDSHIP PENNY

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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IF YOU CATCH IN A SPOON THE BUBBLES OFF THE TOP OF SOME HOT COFFEE
AND DRINK THEM WIYHOUT BREAKING ANY BUBBLES,
THEN YOU WILL GET SOME MONEY.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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BELIEF IN THE PATRON SAINTS

MY GREAT GRANDMOTHER,
CAROLINE SASSAK, ALWAYS PRAYED THAT SHE
WOULD DIE ON HER PATRON SAINTS FEAST DAY
AND SHE DID. MY AUNT, MARY DROTAR, ALSO SAID
SHE WOULD DIE ON HER PATRON SAINT'S DAY (OCTOBER 25)
AND SHE DID ALSO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 11-29-1970

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WISHING ON A PIN

IF A SHARP OBJECT LIKE A PIN OR SCISSORS ETC.
FALLS TO THE FLOOR AND STANDS UPRIGHT,
YOU MAKE A WISH.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 01-00-1970

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CONJURATION

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU DESIRE,
YOU MAY GET IT.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

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IF YOU WANT TO HAVE GOOD LUCK IN YOUR BUSINESS
HAVE A PRIEST BLESS THE BUILDING WHEN IT IS
FIRST BUILT OR BEFORE YOU MOVE IN.
REPEAT IT FOR EACH YEAR FOR CONTINUED SUCCESS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HAS HER HOME AS WELL
AS FAMILY BUSINESSES BLESSED AT LEAST ONCE A
YEAR AND USUALLY ON A MAJOR HOLIDAY SUCH
AS CHRISTMAS . OTHER ORTHODOX, INFORMANT RELATED,
ALSO DO THE SAME.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 11-08-1971

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WISH: EYELASH HAIR

WHEN A HAIR FELL OUT FROM AN EYELASH
IT WOULD BE USED TO MAKE A WISH BY TWO PEOPLE
SIMPLY BY PLACING THE HAIR BETWEEN THE THUMBS OF TWO
INDIVIDUALS. AFTER MAKING THE WISH AND
THE THUMBS WERE PULLED APART, THE PERSON THAT THE
EYELASH HAIR HAS STUCK TO GETS HIS WISH.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT REMEMBERS USING THIS METHOD OF WISHING
WHEN SHE WAS VERY YOUNG.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P62

Date learned: 10-29-1971

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WISH: EYELASH HAIR

WHEN A HAIR FELL OUT OF A YOUNG GIRL'S
EYELASH SHE WOULD PUT IT IN THE PALM OF HER HAND.
THEN WITH THE INDEX FINGER OF THE OPPOSITE HAND
SHE WOULD TRY TO PICK UP THE EYELASH SIMPLY BY
APPLYING PRESSURE UPON THAT FINGER AND HOPING THAT
THE HAIR WOULD STICK TO HER FINGER.
THIS WAS THE METHOD OF WISHING(MOST PROBABLY FOR A MATE)
AND HOPING THAT HER WISH WOULD COME TRUE.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT CLAIMS THIS METHOD OF WISHING WAS
FORMALLY USED BY THE YOUNG GIRLS OF HER TIME.
SHE ALSO REMEMBERS USING IT HERSELF.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 11-07-1971

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EVIL_EYE BELIEF

CHILDREN IN MALTA ARE GIVEN A SPECIAL RELIGIOUS
BLESSING AND ALSO CARRY A RELIGIOUS MEDAL
TO WARD OFF THE EVIL EYE.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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PRAYER

DEAR ST. PETER, DEAR ST. ANN
PLEASE SEND (GIRL'S NAME)
A HANDSOME MAN

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 02-18-1970

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PRAYER

SWEETEST MARY UNDEFILED,
HELP AND GUIDE YOUR EARTHLY CHILD
PLEASE HELP ME KEEP MY CHILDREN GOOD
AND HELP ME REAR THEM AS I SHOULD
PLEASE ASK GOD TO GIVE ME GRACE,
TO KEEP MY TEMPER IN ITS PLACE.
AND GIVE ME PATIENCE WITH EACH CHILD,
AND BE LIKE THEE, O MOTHER MILD.

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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EVIL EYE IN INDIA

IF THE EYE HAS BEEN CAST UPON YOU
YOU WILL GET SICK OR SOMETHING BAD WILL HAPPEN.
TO TAKE IT AWAY YOU MUST WAVE A MIXTURE OF RED CHILES
AND SALT OVER THE CHILD'S HEAD. AT THE SAME TIME
YOU RECITE A CRADLE AND END UP BY WAVING OVER THE
HEAD IN THE SHAPE OF A CROSS.
THEN YOU MUST THROW IT INTO THE FIRE TO BURN.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME ; EAST QUAD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 03-05-1971

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SUPERSTITION EVIL EYE

MY MOTHER USED TO BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE CAME
AND CARRIED YOUR SLEEP AWAY,
ESPECIALLY IF THERE WAS
A NEW BABY .
IF A STRANGER STARES AT THE BABY THEY
TAKE THE SLEEP AWAY.
TO UNDO THIS YOU TAKE A HOT COAL
FROM THE FIRE AND DROP IT IN A TALL GLASS
OF WATER. IF IT DOES NOT SINK, THEN IT IS TRUE
THAT THE PERSON HAD WICKED EYES.
IF THE COAL GOES TO THE BOTTOM THE BABY WILL
GO TO SLEEP. SHE WOULD ALSO
TAKE A DRINK OF THE WATER AND SHE WOULD
MAKE THE SIGN OF THE CROSS OVER THE WATER.

Submitter comment: THE MOTHER OF MARY ABRAMS WAS BORN IN HUNGARY AND
RAISED IN EUROPE. SHE CAME TO THE UNITED STATES AND
LIVED ON A FARM IN SCANTON, PENN.
WITH HER HUSBAND AND FAMILY.

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 11-10-1970

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BURNING PALM

WHENEVER A BAD STORM OCCURED, PIECES OF
PALMS RECEIVED ON PALM SUNDAY WERE BURNED
TO INSURE PROTECTION FOR THE FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME ; ROSEVILLE

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration

Date learned: 03-27-1970

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INNNOCENT HARE

SPORTSMAN AROUSE THE MORNING IS CLEAR,
THE LARKS ARE SINGING ALL IN THE AIR
SPORTSMAN AROUSE THE MORNING IS CLEAR,
THE LARKS ARE SINGING ALL IN THE AIR
GO TELL YOUR SWEET LOVER THE HOUNDS ARE OUT
GO TELL YOUR SWEET LOVER THE HOUNDS ARE OUT
SADDLE YOUR HORSE, YOUR SADDLE PREPARE,
WITH A WAY TO SOME COVER TO SEEK FOR OUR HARE.

WE SEARCHED THE WOODS, THE GROUNDS ALL ROUND
WE SEARCHED THE WOODS, THE GROUNDS ALL ROUND
THE TRAIL BEING OVER THE GAME IS FOUND
THEN UP SHE SPRINGS
THE TRAIL IS OVER THE GAME IS FOUND
THEN UP SHE SPRINGS
THROUGH THE BREAKS SHE FLY
THROUGH THE BREAKS SHE FLY
FOLLOW, FOLLOW THE MUSICAL HORN
SING FOLLOW HER FORWARD THE INNOCENT HARE.

THE HUNTSMAN BLOWS HIS JOYFUL SOUND
TALLY-HO ME BOY ALL OVER THE GROUND
THE HUNTSMAN BLOWS HIS JOYFUL SOUND
TALLY-HO ME BOY ALL OVER THE GROUND
FROM THE WOODS TO THE VALLEY SEE HOW SHE CREEPS
FROM THE WOODS TO THE VALLEY SEE HOW SHE CREEPS
FOLLOW, FOLLOW THE MUSICAL HORN
SING FOLLOW THE MUSICAL HARE
ALL ALONG THE GREEN TURF SHE PANTS FOR BREATH
THE HUNTSMAN HE CRIES OUT FOR DEATH
ALL ALONG THE GREEN TURF SHE PANTS FOR BREATH
THE HUNTSMAN HE CRIES OUT FOR DEATH
REALOUT, REALOUT, RETIRING HARE
REALOUT, REALOUT, RETIRING HARE
FOLLOW, FOLLOW THE MUSICAL HORN
SING FOLLOW HER FORWARD THE INNOCENT HARE.

THIS HARE HAS LEAD US A NOBLE RUN
SUCCESS TO SPORTSMAN EVERYONE
THIS HARE HAS LEAD US A NOBLE RUN
SUCCESS TO SPORTSMAN EVERYONE

FOR THE CHASE SHE HAS LED US,
FOUR HOURS OR MORE
FOR THE CHASE SHE HAS LED US,
FOUR HOURS OR MORE
WINE AND BEER WE WILL DRINK WITHOUT FEAR
WE WILL DRINK THE SUCCESS THE INNOCENT HARE.

Where learned: BUFFALO ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Emotion

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PROVERB

HE THAT CANNOT OBEY, CANNOT COMMAND.

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-02-1969

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CURE FOR SPRING FEVER

BOIL SASSAFRAS TEA- DRINK WHILE WARM.

Submitter comment: SPRING FEVER IS SIMILAR TO A GENERAL UPSET, TENSE AND NERVOUS
CONDITION. THOUGH IT IS KNOWN TO OCCUR ANY TIME OF THE YEAR IT IS
PARTICULARLY KNOWN IN THE SPRING; PEOPLE SHOW IT THROUGH THE
LACK OF ENERGY AND GENERAL SENSE OF LAZINESS.

Data entry tech comment: THREE OTHER SIMILAR REFERENCES IN THIS SECTION OF THE ARCHIVE.

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-14-1971

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HAWAIIAN FOOD

THE HAWAIIANS EAT FOR THEIR STARCH - TORO ROOT POUNDED
AND MIXED WITH WATER FOR A FASTE. THEY EAT IT WITH THEIR FINGERS.

Where learned: GRAND RAPIDS ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): STARCH

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation

Date learned: 04-08-1971

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