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REVERENCE FOR ELDERS: MANO PO

IN THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS, THERE IS THE CUSTOM OF KISSING THE
HANDS OF ALL THE ELDER PEOPLE IN A FAMILY TO HONOR THEM AS
REPRESENTATIVES OF GOD'S AUTHORITY, AND TO ASK THEIR BLESSINGS
AFTER THE ENTIRE FAMILY HAS GATHERED TO PRAY DURING THE 6 O'CLOCK
ANGELUS. THE ANGELUS AND THE CUSTOM OF MANO PO ARE WIDELY PRACTICED
IN THE PROVINCES BUT NOT SO MUCH IN THE LARGER CITIES.

Where learned: PHILIPPINES ; QUEZON CITY

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Prayer
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: NOT ENTERED BY COLLECTOR

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INDIAN JOKE

A CHINESE, AN AFRICAN, AND AN INDIAN DECIDE WHO CAN BEST STAND THE
SMELL OF A GOAT. CHINESE GOES FIRST WITH THE GOAT TO A ROOM. AFTER
ONE HOUR, HE WITHDRAWS. THE AFRICAN GOES IN AND AFTER TWO HOURS, HE
WITHDRAWS TOO. THE INDIAN GOES IN AND AFTER FIVE MINUTES THE GOAT
COMES OUT.

Submitter comment: OLFACTORY JOKE

Where learned: PHILIPPINES ; MAKATI

Subject headings: Favorites
INDI

Date learned: 00001960S

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NEW YEAR CUSTOM

JUMP THE HIGHEST YOU CAN TO GROW TALLER.

Submitter comment: HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC

Where learned: PHILIPPINES ; MAKATI

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20

Date learned: 00001960S

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WISHES

WHEN AN EYELASH HAS FALLEN OFF, PLACE ON TIP OF FINGER, PAUSE FOR A
SILENT WISH, AND BLOW AWAY ONLY ONCE. IF IT IS BLOWN OFF, WISH WILL
COME TRUE.

Where learned: PHILIPPINES ; MAKATI

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00001960S

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HOLY WEEK CUSTOMS IN THE PHILIPPINES

JESUS' WHOLE SUFFERING--CARRYING OF THE CROSS, CROWNING OF THORNS, AN
NAILING ON THE CROSS, IS ACTUALLY REENACTED WITH REAL THORNS
AND NAILS. THIS IS DONE TO REPAY FAVORS, TO ASK FOR FAVORS, OR TO
DO PENANCE.

Where learned: PHILIPPINES ; MAKATI

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Holy Week

Date learned: 00001960S

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LULLABY

ME ME NA BUNSO, NANAY MO MALAYO. PAGDATING MAY DALANG BUKAYO.
TRANSLATION ME ME IS A LULLING SOUND. SLEEP YOUNGEST ONE, YOUR MOTHER
IS FARAWAY. UPON ARRIVAL, SHE BRINGS BUKAYO. BUKAYO IS A SWEETENED
AND HARDENED COCONUT MEAT.

Where learned: PHILIPPINES ; MAKATI

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cradle song Lullaby
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cradle song Lullaby

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BAD LUCK

A PERSON WHO HAS A BIRTHMARK ON HER REAR END IS BRINGING A BAD LUCK
WITH HER. TRIPS ARE NOT CONTINUED OR ELSE THEY MEET WITH
ACCIDENTS.

Submitter comment: BUTTOCKS

Where learned: PHILIPPINES ; MAKATI

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

HANDMADE LANTERNS OF STICKS, CELLOPHANE, PLASTIC, OR PAPER ARE MADE
AND SOLD, AS THE CHRISTMAS WREATHS ARE TO THE AMERICANS. LANTERNS
ARE USUALLY SHAPED INTO STARS AND NIPA HUTS, THE TRADITIONAL HOME.

Where learned: PHILIPPINES ; MAKATI

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Lights and candles

Date learned: 00001950S

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GOOD LUCK

WHEN CONVERSING AT THE SAME TIME AND BOTH HAVE ACCIDENTALLY SAID THE
SAME THING AT THE SAME TIME, THE FIRST ONE TO SAY : 1 2 3 GOOD LUCK
TO ME, IS LUCKY.

Where learned: PHILIPPINES ; MAKATI

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
BELIEF -- Number P686.3.3
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00-00-1973

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WISHES

WHEN CONVERSING AT THE SAME TIME AND BOTH HAVE ACCIDENTALLY SAID
THE SAME THING, TWINE EACH OTHER'S RIGHT HAND POINTING FINGERS AND
GIVE ANY THREE CHOICES LIKE RED, GREEN AND BLUE. SILENTLY CHOOSE ONE
THING, WISH, AND AT A GIVEN TIME SAY YOUR CHOICES ALOUD WITH YOUR
FRIEND. IF CHOICES ARE SAME WISHES WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: PHILIPPINES ; MAKATI

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00001970S

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BAD LUCK

WHEN WANTING TO LOOK AT ANOTHER PERSON'S RING, LET THEM PULL IT OFF,
BECAUSE IF YOU DO IT YOURSELF, YOU AND THAT PERSON WILL BECOME
ENEMIES.

Where learned: PHILIPPINES ; MAKATI

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00001960S

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JUMP-ROPE RHYME

JUICY, LEMON, APPLE PIE, TELL ME THE NAME OF YOUR SWEETHEART, ABC...
THE LETTERS MENTIONED ARE THE SWEETHEART'S FIRST NAMES.

Where learned: PHILIPPINES ; MAKATI

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 00001960S

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IN THE PHILIPPINES MANY PEOPLE BELIEVE IT BAD LUCK TO EAT MEAT
WITHIN TWO DAYS OF A LOVED ONE'S DEATH. THIS IS SO IN CASE THE
PERSON HAS BEEN REINCARNATED INTO A PIG OR A COW.

Where learned: PHILIPPINES

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
Food Drink -- Meat
Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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NEVER TAKE A SHOWER OR BATH AT NIGHT OR SOMEONE IN THE
FAMILY WILL DIE.

Submitter comment: FROM PHILIPPINES

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; PHILIPPINES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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