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CHINESE PROVERB

HE WHO RIDES THE BACK OF A TIGER NEVER KNOWS WHERE OR WHEN HE WILL
FALL OFF.

Where learned: CHINA

Keyword(s): WILD ANIMAL METAPHOR

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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CHINESE PROVERB

A GOOD, DECENT CHINESE WILL NEVER JOIN THE ARMY.

Where learned: CHINA

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 00001920'S

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CHINESE CHILDREN ALWAYS KEEP CRICKETS IN THEIR POCKETS FOR GOOD
LUCK.

Where learned: CHINA ; KOREA

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00-00-1978 ; 10-00-1987

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Chinese Custom

In China, and in the Chinese culture one month after the birth
of a baby, the head, eyebrows, and eyelashes are shaved to
achieve greater growth.

Where learned: CHINA

Keyword(s): PURIFICATION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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Chinese custom

When a family member dies, that same night two white candles
are to be lit and placed outside the front door to signal to
the deceased where to come home to.

Where learned: CHINA

Keyword(s): Deceased

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Fire
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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Chinese custom

When a close family member dies, the rest of the family can
only eat vegetables and other non-animal related foods until
the deceased is buried.

Where learned: CHINA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Plant food
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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Chinese custom

When a close family member dies, you still may give them gifts
by making the gift out of paper in its actual size and then by
burning it.

Where learned: CHINA

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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Chinese custom

Before the actual burial takes place it is customary to travel
and to stop in front of the home of the deceased, to tell the
spirit of the deceased that they are home.

Where learned: CHINA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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Chinese custom

Howson (a Chinese mourning period) lasts for 49 days. A white
flower made of yarn is worn by the daughters in their hair and
a black band is worn by the sons around the arm during this
period.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: CHINA

Keyword(s): China ; Chinese ; CUSTOM ; FLOWER ; Mourning ; SYMBOL ; White

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.49

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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Chinese custom

Jade is worn for good luck. Women normally wear a bracelet
made of jade and men wear it in a charm.

Where learned: CHINA

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Precious stone Gem
BELIEF -- Good luck

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Chinese custom

From the time of death of a family member the remaining part
of the family cannot sit on chairs. Even during the funeral
service they must sit on the floor.

Where learned: CHINA

Keyword(s): Furniture ; Mourners

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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Chinese custom

When a close family member dies or a spouse the remaining
party will sleep next to the cemetery or grave every night for
the next three years.

Where learned: CHINA

Keyword(s): Survivors

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Sleeping

Date learned: 00-00-1955

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FESTIVAL CUSTOM (PRESUMABLY CHINESE)

THERE ARE A SEQUENCE OF GHOST FESTIVALS IN JULY IN
DIFFERENT VILLAGES, WHERE IF YOU WANT TO SEE YOUR
GHOST, YOU GET INSIDE A BAMBOO CAGE WHICH ORIGINALLY
HELD CHICKENS. THE THOUGHT BEHIND THIS IS THAT YOU
CAN OBSERVE YOUR GHOST WITHOUT BEING SEEN INSIDE THE
CAGE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT ACTUALLY OBSERVED THIS EVENT IN HIS OWN
VILLAGE.

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

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July

Date learned: 02-12-1971

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