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JAPANESE WRITING CEREMONY

ON THE 2ND DAY OF THE NEW YEAR IN JAPAN IS THE NEW YEAR'S WRITING
CEREMONY WHEN THEY DO THE FIRST WRITING OF THE YEAR, USUALLY WITH
A BRUSH.

Where learned: NO LOCATION INDICATED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- 39815
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 01-02-1970

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LEARNING THE BAD NEWS

AT HALLOWEEN, THROW AN APPLE CORE OVER YOUR SHOULDER; WHEN IT FALLS I
WILL FORM THE INITIAL OF THE ONE YOU'LL MARRY.

Submitter comment: NO LONGER BELIEVED.

Where learned: NO LOCATION INDICATED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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A HALLOWEEN CUSTOM

"TRICK OR TREAT" CUSTOM: THIS IS AN OLD IRISH PRACTICE ASSOCIATED
WITH ALL-HALLOWS EVE. THE PEASANTS WENT AROUND FROM DOOR TO DOOR
ASKING FOR ITEMS; PRAISING THOSE WHO CONTRIBUTED AND THREATENING
THOSE WHO DID NOT. THESE ITEMS WERE USED IN PREPARATION OF THE
COMING HOLIDAY.

Where learned: NO LOCATION INDICATED

Keyword(s): BEGGING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween

Date learned: 10-25-1968

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"ALL SOUL'S DAY EVE CUSTOM"

ON THE EVE OF ALL SOUL'S DAY (I.E. NOV. 1), A VIGIL CANDLE IS PLACED
ON THE TOMBSTONE OF A DEAD PERSON IN ORDER THAT THE GHOST OF THAT
PERSON CAN FIND ITS WAY BACK TO THE GRAVE (ITS RESTING PLACE).

Where learned: NO LOCATION INDICATED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- November 1 All Saints
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 10-25-1970

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SUPERSTITION

ON THE NIGHT OF ALL SOULS DAY IT IS SAID THAT THE SPIRITS RETURN
TO THE HOMES OF THEIR FAMILIES AND ANYONE WHO IS GUILTY OF WRONG
DOING WILL FEEL THE SPIRIT SHAKING THEM AS A PUNISHMENT AND WARNING.

Where learned: NO LOCATION INDICATED

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- November 2 All SoulsDay of the Dead
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 11-21-1969

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THANKSGIVING TRADITION

UNTIL SHE WAS MARRIED, THE INFORMANT HAD ALWAYS CELEBRATED
THANKSGIVING AT HER PARENTS (') HOUSE. THE REST OF HER FAMILY
DID THE SAME.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM HER PARENTS.

Where learned: NO LOCATION INDICATED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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HARVEST WAS AN AFFAIR THAT THE WHOLE VILLAGE PARTICIPATED IN --
YOUNG AND OLD ALIKE. ON THE DAY THAT A FARMER'S HARVEST WAS
DECLARED, MOST OF THE VILLAGERS TURNED OUT TO HELP HIM. IT WAS
AT THESE HARVESTS THAT MANY YOUNG GIRLS FELL IN LOVE WITH SOME OF
THE FARM HANDS. ONLY THE OLDER HOUSEWIVES STAY HOME AND PREPARE
HUGE AMOUNTS OF FOOD FOR THE MID-DAY MEAL AND THEN THE BIG DINNER
OF THE HARVESTERS AT THE END OF THE DAY.
YOUNG MEN, OLDER MEN AND EVEN WOMEN GO ON UP AHEAD AND CUT THE
WHEAT WITH SICKLES. THE YOUNGER PEOPLE ( GIRLS AND LITTLE BOYS )
GO BEHIND AND CUT THE WHEAT OR WHATEVER INTO BUNDLES AND STAND
THEM UP BEHIND THEM, COME OTHERS TO STACK UP FIVE BUNDLES TO A
STACK SO THAT THE LOADERS WOULD BE ABLE TO LOAD THEM INTO THE
TRUCK EASILY. WITH EVERYONE HELPING, A FARMER'S HARVEST IS USUALLY
DONE IN ABOUT THREE DAYS.
AT NIGHT, EVERYONE SITS TOGETHER TALKING, SINGING, JOKING, DANCING.
IT WAS A TIME OF HAPPINESS AND CHEERFULNESS BEFORE THE
REDS TOOK OVER.

Data entry tech comment: LOCATION OF THIS CUSTOM IS NOT INDICATED.

Where learned: NO LOCATION INDICATED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving

Date learned: 03-26-1972

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CREEK INDIAN CEREMONY

IN THE SOUTHERN UNITED STATES, THE CREEK INDIANS HOLD AN ANNUAL
4-8 DAY RELIGIOUS CEREMONY IN JULY OR AUGUST WHEN THE CROPS MATURE.
THE MALES DRINK PASSA OR BLACK DRINK FOR PURIFICATION. DANCING
CONTINUES THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE CEREMONY. FIRES ARE KINDLED IN THE
INDIVIDUAL HOMES FROM A COMMON FIRE BUILT OUT IN THE SQUARE GROUND.
BOTH MEN AND WOMEN PURIFY THEMSELVES BY RUBBING ASHES OVER THEIR
BODIES AND PLUNGE INTO THE WATER.

Where learned: NO LOCATION INDICATED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving

Date learned: 12-01-1967

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NEW ENGLAND FOOD

A TRADITION AT THANKSGIVING IS ALWAYS A MEAT PIE.

Where learned: NO LOCATION INDICATED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving

Date learned: 02-20-1970

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THANKSGIVING FOOD

ON AN ITALIAN THANKSGIVING, THE HUSBAND WOULD KILL A PIG AND THEY
MAKE BLOOD PUDDING WITH NUTS AND RAISINS ADDED. THIS WAS EATEN THE
NIGHT OF THE PIG KILLING.

Where learned: NO LOCATION INDICATED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving

Date learned: 11-17-1968

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CUSTOM

ITALIAN AMERICANS WHO WORK IN THE VINEYARDS OF CALIFORNIA CELEBRATE
THE TIME OF GRAPE HARVEST. THIS IS A CUSTOM BROUGHT FROM THEIR
NATIVE ITALY.

Where learned: NO LOCATION INDICATED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving

Date learned: NO DATE INDICATED.

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DON'T PUT MY BOY IN PRISON

A MOTHER WAS WEEPING AND WAILING
THE COURTROOM WAS FILLED WITH A CROWD
THE JUDGE SAYS WHY MADAME, WHAT'S AILING
AND THE POOR WOMAN SHOUTED OUT LOUD

DON'T PUT MY BOY IN PRISON
DON,T TAKE MY BOY FROM ME
THOUGH FROM THE BANKS HE TOOK MONEY
HE JUST WANTED SAMPLES YOU SEE.

DON'T SEND MY BOY TO PRISON
DOWN WHERE THE GANGSTERS SWARM
THOUGH HE SET THE ORPHANAGE ON FIRE
HE JUST DID IT SO HE COULD BE WARM.

DON,T PUT MY BOY IN PRISON
FOR NEVER MORE WILL HE ROAM
HE DIDN'T STEAL THAT CHICKEN
IT JUST FOLLOWED HIM HOME.

DON,T SEND MY BOY TO PRISON
WHERE ALL IS COLD AND NUMB
HE DIDN'T STEAL THAT PORK CHOP
THE PORK CHOP JUST STUCK TO HIS THUMB.

DON'T PUT MY BOY IN PRISON
DON,T PUT MY BOY IN PRISON
WHERE HE WILL EAT STALE BREAD
JUST FIND THE GUY THAT WROTE THIS STORY
AND SEND HIM THERE INSTEAD.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD FROM AARON ANDERSON WHO HAD TRAVELLED AROUND THE
WORLD AS A SAILOR.

Where learned: NO LOCATION INDICATED

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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LADY GODIVA THROUGH COVENTRY DID RIDE,
TO SHOW TO ALL THE VILLAGERS HER VERY PRETTY HIDE.
THE MOST OBSERVANT FELLOW WAS AN ENGINEER OF COURSE,
HE'S THE ONLY ONE THAT NOTICED THAT GODIVA RODE A HORSE.

Submitter comment:

TYPICAL VERSE OF ENGINEERS SONG

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: NO LOCATION INDICATED

Keyword(s): JOKE ; MUSIC ; PARODY ; SONG ; Tune ; VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest

Date learned: 12-00-1968

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