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THE ROSARY

MY GRANDMOTHER WOULD GIVE EACH GRANDCHILD A ROSARY
SOME TIME DURING THE VERY EARLY PART OF THEIR LIFE.
THIS ROSARY IS TO BE HUNG FROM THE BED.
IN THIS WAY, THE ROSARY WILL GIVE PROTECTION
AGAINST THE DEVIL.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD AT HER HOME

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration

Date learned: 03-22-1970

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NUMBER SEVEN (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

THE WOMAN WHOSE PRESENT IS THE SEVENTH ONE OPENED AT A BABY SHOWER
WILL BE THE NEXT PERSON TO HAVE A BABY.

Where learned: TOLD AT HER HOME

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
Observation
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 01-21-1968

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FESTIVAL

PASTERKA: THE NAME FOR THE SPECIAL MASS WITH POLISH HYMNS AND
LITURGY ON XMAS EVE.

Where learned: TOLD AT HER HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Church

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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NOT GIVEN

THERE WAS A MAN WHO WAS INSANE AND KILLED HIS WIFE AND AFTER HE
KILLED HER HE WAS FULL OF REMORSE. HE DIDN'T REALIZE THAT HE WAS
THE MURDERER AND IT IS SAID THAT HE TAKES HIS LANTERN IN THE
EVENING, AND GOES TO LOOK FOR HER BODY. IF YOU DRIVE OVER THAT
BRIDGE ON THE FAR EAST SIDE AND STOP, YOU ARE ABLE TO SEE THE
LIGHT COME AND GO UNDER THE BRIDGE AND AS IT GOES UNDER THE
BRIDGE, IT SHAKES IT. THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE MAN DOING IT.

Submitter comment: JEAN AND I HAVE BOTH GONE TO THIS PLACE BUT DO NOT RECALL THE NAME
OF THE STREET AND ALL OF THE MYSTERIOUS THINGS DO HAPPEN BUT
THE EXPLANATION IS THAT IT IS THE SWAMP GAS AND WHEN IT SETTLES
UNDERNEATH THE BRIDGE IS WHAT CAUSES IT TO TREMBLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS ; TOLD AT HER HOME

Keyword(s): GHOST

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 11-06-1971

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IT IS BAD LUCK IF SOME ONE GIVES YOU BABY ARTICLES AS SOON AS YOU
KNOW YOU ARE PREGNANT.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR ; TOLD AT HER HOME

Keyword(s): IMPLIED WARNING ; MISFORTUNE

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFT-GIVING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 02-15-1970

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IRISH TOAST

HEALTH AND LONG LIFE TO YOU
LAND WITHOUT RENT TO YOU
A CHILD EVERY YEAR TO YOU
AND MAY YOU DIE IN IRELAND.

Submitter comment: ATTITUDE: TRUSTING

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR ; TOLD AT HER HOME

Keyword(s): DRINKING BLESSING WISH

James Callow Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS ; IDEAL BIRTHDAY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 01-15-1972

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A MAN TOO GOOD FOR THE WORLD IS TOO GOOD FOR HIS WIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK ; TOLD AT HER HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-25-1971

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