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ROUTINE ACTIVITY

INFORMANT STATED THAT CERTAIN TIMES EACH DAY WERE DESIGNATED AS
PERIODS OF SILENCE. HOWEVER, ON CHRISTMAS, EASTER, AND PENTECOST,
THE COMMUNITY OBSERVED GRAND CONGE DAY. ON THESE THREE DAYS THE
SISTERS COULD FEEL FREE TO TALK ALL DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; SAINT RITAS CONVENT

Keyword(s): VOW OF SILENCE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Pentecost

Date learned: 03-01-1970

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CUSTOM/DAY ( ASCENSION THURSDAY )

INFORMANT STATED THAT EVERY ASCENSION THURSDAY, SHE AND HER FRIENDS
WOULD HAVE A PICNIC IN A CEMETERY. THEY WOULD TAKE THE FLOWERS
FROM THE GRAVES AND BRING THEM TO THEIR TEACHER THE NEXT DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; SAINT RITAS CONVENT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Ascension Day

Date learned: 03-01-1970

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EARACHE

WHEN THE CHILDREN IN THE FAMILY HAD EARACHES, THEIR FATHER WOULD BLOW
CIGAR SMOKE IN THEIR EARS TO ALLEVIATE THE PAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; SAINT RITAS CONVENT

Keyword(s): TOBACCO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 03-01-1970

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CHRISTMAS DAY - ROUTINE ACTIVITY

INFORMANT STATED THAT CERTAIN TIMES IN EACH DAY
WERE DESIGNATED AS PERIODS OF SILENCE. HOWEVER,
ON CHRISTMAS, EASTER, AND PENTECOST THE COMMUNITY
OBSERVED GRAND CONG DAY. ON THESE THREE DAYS
THE SISTERS COULD FEEL FREE TO TALK ALL DAY.

Where learned: DETROIT ; SAINT RITAS CONVENT ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Pentecost

Date learned: 03-01-1970

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INFORMANT REMEMBERS THAT, AS A YOUNG GIRL GROWING UP
IN IOWA, THE PARISHIONERS IN THE CHURCH SHE BELONGED
TO SPONSORED A MINSTREL SHOW ANNUALLY TO RAISE MONEY
FOR EXPENDITURES.

Where learned: SAINT RITAS CONVENT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 03-01-1970

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GOOD FRIDAY

INFORMANT RECALLED THAT AS A CHILD, HER PARENTS REQUIRED
HER TO KEEP SILENCE BETWEEN 12:00 P.M. AND 3:00 P.M.
ON GOOD FRIDAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; SAINT RITAS CONVENT

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday

Date learned: 03-01-1970

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PERSON'S NICKNAME

DYNAMITE IN A BOTTLE

Submitter comment: INFORMANT STATED THAT, BECAUSE SHE IS OF SMALL STATURE,
PUSHES KIDS DO THEIR SCHOOLWORK, AND EXPLODES ONCE IN A
WHILE, THE STUDENTS NICKNAMED HER DYNAMITE IN A BOTTLE.

Where learned: DETROIT ; SAINT RITAS CONVENT

Subject headings: Person / Nickname

Date learned: 03-01-1970

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WHEN YOU'RE TELLING A LIE, YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CROSS
YOUR FINGERS OR YOUR FEET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; SAINT RITAS CONVENT

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
SPEECH -- Magical Crossing fingers

Date learned: 03-01-1970

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