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KRAKOWIAK (POLISH DANCE)

LIKE THE AMERICAN SQUARE DANCE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; NOT GIVEN ; HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; LETTER ; OHIO ; NEW JERSEY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; GROSSE POINTE ; HARPER WOODS ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; WARREN ; JAPAN ; RUSSIA ; GRAND RAPIDS ; SHIPLE HALL ; GARDEN CITY ; ROYAL OAK ; TOLEDO ; TRENTON ; FARMINGTON ; KALAMAZOO ; CANADA ; ONTARIO ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT ; MAIL ; INDIANA ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; TOLD AT HOME ; FERNDALE ; SOUTHFIELD ; TENNESSEE ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL ; HAMTRAMCK ; DEARBORN ; MINNESOTA ; ILLINOIS ; NEW YORK ; FLORIDA ; KOREA ; WISCONSIN ; NEW HAMPSHIRE ; STUDENT UNION ; READING ; AUSTRALIA ; Sylvania ; Sterling Heights ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; OAK PARK ; SOUTHGATE ; STURGEON LAKE ; REDFORD ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA ; ROSEVILLE ; LINCOLN PARK ; TRAVERSE CITY ; HUNTINGTON WOODS ; PONTIAC ; TROY ; PORT CHESTER ; SOUTH AMERICA ; BROOKVILLE ; MONTREAL ; SEOUL ; NORTH OLMSTED ; EASTOWN THEATER ; ERIE ; University of Notre Dame ; FRANKLINVILLE ; TORONTO ; TOLD AT ; TOLD BY ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON ; MONROE ; GLENVIEW ; MOSCOW ; GULLEY ; FINLAND ; HARBOR BEACH ; HOUGHTON LAKE ; Hudson Lake ; INDIANAPOLIS ; JONESBORO ; KANSASVILLE ; LEXINGTON ; MASSILLON ; MAUCH CHUNK ; MELVINDALE ; MILFORD ; NEW ROCHELLE ; NIAGARA FALLS ; PANAMA CITY ; PATAGONIA ; ARGENTINA ; RESIDENCE HALL ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES ; TOLD AT HONORS HOUSE ; AMERICAN HISTORY CLASS

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

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PROVERB

BETTER LATE, THAN NEVER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; ELLIPSIS ; OBSERVATION ; PERSISTENCE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 09-22-1968

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AN EASTER CUSTOM

ON EASTER MONDAY THE BOYS OF THE TOWN WOULD GO AROUND AND THROW
WATER ON THE HEADS OF THE YOUNG GIRLS OF THE TOWN AS A SIGN OF
FERTILITY.

Submitter comment:

HEARD FROM HER FATHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Keyword(s): DYNGUS DAY ; WATER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus

Date learned: 04-04-1967

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ON EASTER MORNING, THE CHILDREN OF THE FAMILY GO AROUND THE HOUSE
HUNTING FOR EASTER EGGS THAT THE EASTER BUNNY HID FOR THEM.

Data entry tech comment:

THE EASTER BUNNY, LIKE THE EGG, HAS ITS ORIGINS IN PRE-CHRISTIAN
FERTILITY LORE. BEING SUCH FERTILE ANIMALS, THE HARE AND THE RABBIT
SYMBOLIZED THE NEW LIFE OF THE SPRING SEASON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Bunny

Date learned: 04-06-1971

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WISHING

WHEN YOU HAVE AN APPLE WITH A STEM IN IT,
T0IST THE STEM AND &-R EACH C-MPLETE TURN C-UNT
UNTIL THE STEM C-MES -UT. THE LAST NUMBER Y-U
SAY IS THE AMOUNT OF WISHES YOU CAN MAKE.
VARIATIONS OF THIS IS THAT THE LAST NUMBER
THAT Y-U SAY IS H-0 MANY CHILDREN Y-U ARE G-ING
TO HAVE OR HOW MANY WIVES OR HUSBANDS YOU WILL HAVE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 10-05-1971

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VACILE SAYS THAT THE GREEK PEOPLE ARE
BELIEVERS IN THE EVIL EYE. IF SOMEONE
LOOKS AT YOU IN THAT FASHION
YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO GET SICK OR DIE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse

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ARABIAN SAYING

HE IS LIKE A RICE PADDY, UNDER THE MUD IS WATER.

Submitter comment: COMPARING A PERSON WITH A FALSE FACADE TO A RICE PADDY, WHICH HAS A
COVERING OF MUD AND SILT OVER THE WATER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Keyword(s): DISSEMBLER HYPOCRITE DECEIVER PRETENDER IMPOSTER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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PINCH OF THE DEAD

WHEN YOU FIND A BLACK AND BLUE MARK ON YOUR BODY
THAT YOU DON'T KNOW WHERE IT CAME FROM
IT MEANS THAT SOMEONE WHO IS CLOSE TO YOU,
AND THAT HAS DIED, AND THAT NEEDS YOUR PRAYERS HAS COME BACK
AND WANTS TO MAKE YOU AWARE OF THIS NEED.
THEREFORE HE PINCHES YOU AND LEAVES A BLACK AND BLUE MARK
AS A SYMBOL OR SIGN OF HIS NEED.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 03-31-1970

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BELIEF

IF YOUR RIGHT EYE JUMPS, SOMEONE WILL MAKE YOU MAD.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAYS THAT THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENS TO HER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye

Date learned: 02-20-1971

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BIRTH BELIEF

A PREGNANT WOMAN WHO IS CARRYING A NOT SO ACTIVE CHILD IS SAID
TO BE CARRYING A GIRL.

Submitter comment:

THIS WAS TOLD TO INFORMANT BY HER PARENTS, WHO ACTUALLY BELIEVE THIS
FROM PAST EXPERIENCES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

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

Date learned: 02-10-1971

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BIRTH BELIEF

IF A WOMAN CARRIES A BABY IN HER HIP, IT'S A GIRL.

Submitter comment:

THIS IS A BELIEF THAT WAS TOLD INFORMANT BY HER GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION ; SEX DETERMINATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 02-20-1971

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BIRTH

A PREGNANT WOMAN WHO IS CARRYING AN ACTIVE CHILD IS USUALLY
CARRYING A BOY.

Submitter comment:

THIS WAS TOLD TO THE INFORMANT BY HER MOTHER, WHO ACTUALLY
BELIEVES THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC ; PASSIVE GIRLS?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 02-20-1971

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SUPERSTITION (COLLECTORS TITLE)

DON'T CARRY SALT WITH YOU FROM PLACE TO PLACEQ IT'S A SURE
SIGN OF DISASTER OR BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: RELATED TO HER BY HER FATHER.

Where learned: STUDENT UNION ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.17

Date learned: 04-04-1967

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HAUNTED HOUSE

CHAIR ROCKING BY ITSELF.

Submitter comment: ANOTHER AUNT HAD MOVED TO AN OLDER HOME ON DETROIT 'S EAST SIDE.
THIS TIME A GHOST OR SPIRIT WOULD OCCUPY A CERTAIN ROCKING CHAIR
WHICH WOULD ROCK BY ITSELF, THERE WOULD BE NO DOORS OR WINDOWS TO
CAUSE THE CHAIR TO ROCK. AGAIN A PREIST WAS CALLED TO BLESS THE
HOUSE TO GET RID OF THE SPIRIT.
EXORCISM

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 11-00-0019

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DROPPING A KNIFE ON THE FLOOR INDICATES THAT AN UNEXPECTED
MALE VISITOR WILL COME THAT EVENING; DROPPING A FORK
MEANS TO EXPECT A FEMALE VISITOR. THIS PERSON REALLY
BELIEVED THIS, AND OFFERED AS PROOF SEVERAL INSTANCES IN
WHICH HIS FRIEND, BILL SCHROEDER, CAME IN JUST SUCH
A MANNER. IN FACT, IT BECAME A FAMILY JOKE THAT
BILL WOULD BE AT THEIR HOUSE IN TIME TO HELP WITH
DISHES.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 01-20-1968

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PROVERB

FIRST COME, THE BETTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Subject headings: --

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PROVERB

FRIENDSHIP IS LIKE A SHADOW, IT STAYS WITH YOU IN THE SUN, BUT ONCE
IT GETS DARK, IT'S NO LONGER WITH YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 10-30-1967

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THE GREATEST COOK

SPANISH: GRAN COCINERA ES EL HAMBRE.
TRANSLATION: THE GREATEST COOK IS HUNGER.
OR, HUNGER IS THE GREATEST COOK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

Keyword(s): PERSONIFICATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-31-1970

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THE HAUNTED STREET

ONCE THERE WAS AN ACCIDENT IN WHICH A MAN WAS HIT BY A CAR AND
KILLED. WHENEVER ANYONE PASSED OVER THE SPOT WHERE HE WAS KILLED,
SOMETHING WOULD KNOCK ON THE CAR.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD THIS STORY FROM AN IRISH GIRL SHE WORKS WITH
NAMED MARY COYNE. MARY CLAIMED THAT SHE HAD HEARD THIS STORY BACK
IN IRELAND ABOUT SEVEN YEARS AGO AND SHE CLAIMED THAT IT WAS A TRUE
STORY. I HAVE INCLUDED IT, ALTHOUGH IT IS WIDESPREAD IN THE U.S.,
BECAUSE OF HER CLAIM THAT SHE HEARD IT IN IRELAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; STUDENT UNION

James Callow Keyword(s): KNOCK-KNOCK STREET

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 01-10-1964 ; 00-00-1957

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