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GREEK FOOD CUSTOM

GREEKS USE ONLY RED (DYED) EGGS AT EASTER TIME. THIS IS TO
SYMBOLIZE THE BLOOD OF CHRIST. THEY ARE CALLED MIMKAS.

Data entry tech comment: THE COLLECTOR'S SPELLING HAS BEEN CORRECTED BY THE KEYPUNCHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD ; COLUMBIA REALTY OFFICE

Keyword(s): COLOR SYMBOLISM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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BAPTISM

IN THE ARNENIAN CHURCH A CHILD IS NOT TO GO
IN THE ARNENIAN CHURCH A CHILD IS NOT TO GET HIS HAIR CUT BEFORE HE'S
BAPTIZED. INFORMANT SAYS THIS IS MOST IMPORTANT BUT SHE'S NOT
SURE WHY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD ; COLUMBIA REALTY OFFICE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.

Date learned: 02-26-1971

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

IT IS AN ITALIAN CUSTOM TO OPEN CHRISTMAS
PRESENTS ON CHRISTMAS EVE AFTER DINNER INSTEAD
OF CHRISTMAS MORNING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD ; COLUMBIA REALTY OFFICE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Gifts, gift giving at Christmas

Date learned: 02-09-1971

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BIRTH

IT IS A GREEK CUSTOM FOR A WOMAN NOT TO GO TO CHURCH FOR 40 DAYS
AFTER A BABY IS BORN. THIS IS BECAUSE SHE IS CONSIDERED "UNCLEAN".

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD ; COLUMBIA REALTY OFFICE

James Callow Keyword(s): CHURCHING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.40

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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LEGEND

KAREN TELLS ME THERE ARE MANY STORIES IN ARMENIAN
TRADITION ABOUT A MAN CALLED NASAHADEHAJA. HE
WAS SUPPOSEDLY A GREAT PHILOSOPHER WHOM EVERYONE
LISTENED TO. ONE DAY NASAHADEHAJA WAS SITTING
UNDER A TREE CRYING AND A WOMAN CAME UP AND SAID,
"NASAHADEHAJA, WHY ARE YOU CRYING?" HE ANSWERED THAT HE
WAS WORRIED THAT WHAT IF HE HAD A SON WHO CLIMBED
UP THE TREE, FELL DOWN, AND DIED. KAREN LAUGHED AT
THAT POINT, THOUGH I REALLY DIDN'T SEE THE HUMOR IN
THE STORY. SHE SAID THE MORAL WAS NOT TO WASTE YOUR
LIFE WORRYING ABOUT WHAT COULD (UNDERLINED) HAPPEN.

Where learned: COLUMBIA REALTY OFFICE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

Date learned: 02-26-1971

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NAMES

IT IS AN ITALIAN CUSTOM NOT TO HAVE MIDDLE NAMES. MARINA
HERSELF HAS NO MIDDLE NAME AND NEITHER DOES ANYONE IN
HER FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD ; COLUMBIA REALTY OFFICE

Subject headings: Person / Nickname

Date learned: 02-00-1971

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NAMING CUSTOM

IT IS AN OLD MEXICAN CUSTOM TO GIVE A CHILD HIS MOTHER'S
MAIDEN NAME AS HIS MIDDLE NAME. RICK KALOSKI WOULD BE RICK
SMITH KALOSKI AND HIS KIDS WOULD BE RICK SMITH JONES KALOSKI.
NAMES GET VERY LONG AND THIS IS HOW ONE TRACES THEIR FAMILY
TREE. RICK ACTUALLY OBSERVED THIS IN SOME PARTS OF MEXICO
CITY, 1960.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD ; COLUMBIA REALTY OFFICE

Subject headings: Person / Nickname

Date learned: 02-00-1971

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