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PROVERB

HAZ BIEN Y NO MIRES A QUIEN/DO A GOOD DEED AND DON'T
WORRY TO WHOM IT IS DONE FOR.

Submitter comment: THIS IS INTERPRETED THAT ONE SHOULD ALWAYS WANT TO DO GOOD DEEDS,
AND BE KIND TO EVERYONE, INSTEAD OF TO ONLY A CHOSEN FEW.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO ; AGUADA

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: CA00001930S

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PROVERB

EL QUE NO HABLA, DIOS NO LO OYE/GOD DOES NOT HEAR
HE WHO DOES NOT SPEAK.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO ; AGUADA

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: CA00001930S

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PROVERB

QUE DIOS ME OIGA Y EL DIABLO SEA SORDO/MAY GOD HEAR ME
AND THE DEVIL BE DEAF.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO ; AGUADA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: CA00001930S

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PROVERB

EL QUE MUCHO ABARCA, POCO APRIETA/HE WHO GRABS THE MOST,
GETS THE LEAST.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO ; AGUADA

James Callow Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; CONTRAST

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: CA00001930S

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PROVERB

MAS VOLLE PAJARO EN MANO, QUE EL QUE VA VOLENDO/
A BIRD IN THE HAND IS WORTH MORE THAN THE ONE THAT IS FLYING.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO ; AGUADA

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: CA00001930S

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PROVERB

DIOS CASTIGA SIN BARA NI FUETE/GOD PUNISHES WITHOUT
A STICK OR WHIP

Where learned: PUERTO RICO ; AGUADA

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: CA00001930S

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SPANISH CUSTOM ; SPANISH VERSE

SANA QUE SANA CULITO DE RANA,
QUE POR LA MANANA YA ESTARA SANA/
GET WELL, GET WELL, LITTLE FROG ASS,
THAT BY MORNING YOU WILL BE ALL RIGHT.
THIS VERSE, IN SPANISH HOUSEHOLDS,
IS REPEATED TO SMALL CHILDREN BY
THEIR FATHER OR MOTHER TO HELP RELIEVE
THE PAIN OF A SMALL INJURY.

Submitter comment: WHEN MY BROTHER AND SISTERS AND I WERE YOUNG AND HAPPENED
TO SKIN A KNEE OR ELBOW OR SOMETHING, MY FATHER
WOULD REPEAT THIS VERSE TO US WHILE PATTING THE KNEE,
ELBOW, ETC. IN AN EFFORT TO MAKE US FEEL BETTER.
HE ALWAYS RECITED IT IN SPANISH, AND I NEVER KNEW THE
TRANSLATION UNTIL RECENTLY.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO ; AGUADA

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.750
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home

Date learned: CA00001930S

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PREDICTION

IF YOU BATHE IN THE FIRST RAIN OF MAY YOU WILL REMAIN YOUNG.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May
BELIEF -- P456
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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WEATHER BELIEF

IF THE AVOCADO TREE BLOOMS LATE THERE WILL BE STORM.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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CAUSE OF PREGNANCY

IF A WOMAN IS PREGNANT IT IS SAID THAT SHE SWALLOWED AN AVOCADO PIT..

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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BAQUINE

WHEN A CHILD DIES HE IS DRESSED IN WHITE AND ADORNED WITH FLOWERS.
THEN IN THE WAKE HE IS SUNG LULLABIES AND OTHER COMFORTING SONGS.
SOME OF THESE ARE QUITE SCARY AND WILL DEAL WITH THE DEVIL OR A
SPECIAL GNOME WHO STEALS CHILDREN.

Submitter comment: THIS IS DONE ONLY BY THE PEASANTS IN THE CENTER OF THE ISLAND.
BAQUINE IS AN INDIAN WORD FOR THIS KIND OF CEREMONY

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cradle song Lullaby
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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SOCIAL DEBUT

WHEN A GIRL IS FIFTEEN YEARS OLD SHE IS PRESENTED TO THE SOCIETY AS
A CELEBRATION FOR ATTAINING HER MATURITY. IT IS ACCOMPANIED WITH A
BIG DANCE AFTERWARDS.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dance
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.15

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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AMULET AGAINST EVIL EYE.

A FIGURE IS CARVED IN BLACK ROCK AND USED ON NECKLACE AND BRACELETS
TO GUARD OFF EVIL SPIRITS. IT IS USED VERY OFTEN ON BABIES.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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MAKE THE SEA ANGRY

IF YOU YELL AT THE OCEAN, MARIA LA O TU MADRE ES PUTA Y LA MIA NO,
WHICH MEANS, MARIA O YOUR MOTHER IS A WHORE BUT MINE IS NOT, YOU WILL
DOUBT CAUSE THE FURY OF THE SEA.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Still water Large body.
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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FIRST DOLLAR EARNED IN A BUSINNES

IN EVERY CUBAN OR LATIN STORE IT IS ACCUSTOMED TO DISPLAY THE FIRST
DOLLAR BILL EARNED IN A PLACE SO THAT EVERYBODY CAN SEE IT.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO ; CUBA

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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GENTLEMAN'S DUTY

WHEN A COUPLE IS WALKING ON A SIDEWALK THE MAN SHOULD BE ON THE
OUTSIDE. IF THE WOMAN IS ON THE OUTSIDE THE MAN IS SELLING HER TO
THE FIRST MAN AROUND.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

James Callow Keyword(s): PROSTITUTION

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

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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INNOCENTS DAY

ON DECEMBER 28 THE BOYS AND MEN OF CERTAIN TOWN IN THE ISLAND
CELEBRATE THE INNOCENTS DAY BY DRESSING UP IN EXTREMELY COLORFUL
COSTUMES WITH TINY BELLS ATTACHED ALL OVER. THEY GO AROUND IN FLOATS
PLAYING TRICKS AND ASKING FOR MONEY. AT THE END OF THE DAY THE BEST
COSTUME AND CARAVAN IS SELECTED.

Submitter comment: SOME OF THESE COSTUMES MAY COST AROUND 500.00 DOLLARS TO MAKE.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO ; HATILLO

James Callow Keyword(s): BEGGING

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 28 Holy Innocents
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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THREE KINGS DAY

ON JANUARY 6 THE CHILDREN RECEIVE GIFTS AS CONMEMORATION OF THE THREE
WISE MEN'S VISIT TO CHRIST. THE NIGHT BEFORE THE CHILDREN PUT GRASS
AND WATER UNDER THEIR BEDS FOR THE CAMELS TO EAT.

Submitter comment: THIS FESTIVAL HAS GOTTEN TO BE OF AS MUCH IMPORTANCE AS CHRISTMAS.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO ; LATIN AMERICA

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 5
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 6 Twelfth Day Epiphany

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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PATRON SAINT FESTIVAL

IN EVERY TOWN THERE IS A WEEK OF CELEBRATION, PARTYING, PARADES,
AND ENTERTAINMENT IN CONMEMORATION TO THE TOWNS SAINT.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system:
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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COCK FIGHTS

TO HAVE COCK FIGHTS IS A VERY COMMON ENTERTAINMENT THAT COMES FROM A
FEW CENTURIES BACK. PEOPLE BET ON THEIR FAVORITE ROOSTER.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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