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WHEN A PERSON DIES HE IS BURIED WITHIN 24 HOURS. THIS
IS DONE IN MALTA, BECAUSE THEY DO NOT EMBALM THE
DECEASED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MALTA ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 03-13-1970

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A WEDDING IS A GREAT FEAST IN A MALTESE FAMILY. THE
FAMILY GOES TO ALL COST TO ENTERTAIN THE LARGEST
CROWD POSSIBLE. IN FACT, EACH FAMILY TRIES TO OUTDO
THEIR NEIGHBOR. IN MALTA ITSELF, THE FAMILY RENTS A
LARGE CAR (CHRYSLER, PONTIAC, ETC.) AND DECORATES IT
WITH SMALL TWINKLING LIGHTS.

Where learned: MALTA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 11-11-1967

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BEFORE THE WEDDING IN MALTA, THE BRIDE AND GROOM WOULD
NOT SEE EACH OTHER FOR THREE DAYS BEFORE THE
CEREMONY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; MALTA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage F545.0372

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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COUNTRY WEDDING--MALTA

JEWELRY IS PREFERRED AS A DOWRY RATHER THAN MONEY IN
MALTA. ALL THE WOMEN WEAR ALL OF THEIR JEWELRY TO
THE WEDDING AND BEFORE THEY ENTER THE CHURCH, THEY
PUT THEIR SHOES ON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; MALTA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Ceremony

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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GHOSTS

IN A NEARBY TOWN IN MALTA, THERE WAS ONCE A CHAPEL WHERE
A PRIEST COMMITTED SUICIDE. EVERY YEAR ON THE ANNIVER-
SARY OF HIS DEATH, PEOPLE CLAIMED THEY HEARD BELLS TOLL
AND THE PRIEST APPEARED TO SAY MASS AND THEN WOULD
DISAPPEAR. HE KEPT APPEARING EVERY YEAR BECAUSE
PEOPLE HAD GIVEN HIM MONEY IN ORDER TO SAY MASSES.
HE WOULD KEEP REAPPEARING YEARLY UNTIL ALL THE MASSES
WERE SAID.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; MALTA

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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GHOSTS

IN A NEARBY TOWN IN MALTA, THERE WAS ONCE A CHAPEL WHERE
A PRIEST COMMITTED SUICIDE. EVERY YEAR ON THE ANNIVER-
SARY OF HIS DEATH, PEOPLE CLAIMED THEY HEARD BELLS TOLL
AND THE PRIEST APPEARED TO SAY MASS AND THEN WOULD
DISAPPEAR. HE KEPT APPEARING EVERY YEAR BECAUSE
PEOPLE HAD GIVEN HIM MONEY IN ORDER TO SAY MASSES.
HE WOULD KEEP REAPPEARING YEARLY UNTIL ALL THE MASSES
WERE SAID.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; MALTA

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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