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TRADITION

THE FRESHMEN AT THE CITADEL ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE THEIR HAIR CUT
(ALMOST COMPLETELY SHAVED OFF) IN ORDER THAT THE UPPERCLASSMEN WILL
KNOW WHO TO TEACH AND DISIPLINE (PICK ON).

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS A FRESHMAN AT THIS MILITARY INSTITUTION.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA ; CHARLESTON

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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TRADITION

ONE OF THE BIGGEST TRADITIONS IS WHEN THE SENIORS RECOGNIZE THE
FRESHMEN AT THE END OF THEIR FRESHMEN YEAR. AFTER GOING THROUGH A
YEAR OF HELL WITH THE SENIORS (AND JUNIORS AND SOPHOMORES TOO) THEY
ARE READY TO BE RECOGNIZED. THE CEREMONY INVOLVES GOING TO THE
BEACH, WHERE THE FRESHMEN LINE UP ACROSS FROM THE SENIORS. ONE BY
ONE THE FRESHMEN STEP FORWARD AND CALL OUT TO A SENIOR (USUALLY THE
ONE THAT HAS BEEN THEIR BIG BROTHER THE PAST YEAR). AFTER EVERYONE
IS PAIRED OFF, A HUGE BRAWL TAKES PLACE. NOW THE PLEBES ARE TRUE
MEMBERS OF THE CITIDEL TRADITION.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS A FRESHMAN AT THIS COLLEGE AND IS LOOKING FORWARD TO
THIS CEREMONY.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA ; CHARLESTON

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Summer
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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JUMP ROPE RHYME

LITTLE SALLY WALKER SITTING IN A SAUCER
RIDE, SALLY RIDE WIPE YOUR WEEPING EYES
FLY TO THE EAST, FLY TO THE WEST
FLY TO THE ONE THAT YOU LOVE THE BEST

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

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

Date learned: 03-00-1964

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POPULAR SAYING

DON'T COME IN THE WORLD,
BACKWARDS

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

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

Date learned: 09-00-1974

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CLAPPING GAME

THERE WAS A FARMER WHO HAD A DOG, AND BINGO WAS HIS NAME,O
CLAP INGO, CLAP INGO, CLAP INGO AND BINGO WAS HIS NAME
THERE WAS A FARMER WHO HAD A DOG, AND BINGO WAS HIS NAME,O
CLAP CLAP NGO, CLAP CLAP NGO, CLAP CLAP NGO AND BINGO WAS HIS NAME
THERE WAS A FARMER WHO HAD A DOG, AND BINGO WAS HIS NAME,O
CLAP CLAP CLAP GO, CLAP CLAP CLAP GO, CLAP CLAP CLAP GO,
AND BINGO WAS HIS NAME
THERE WAS A FARMER WHO HAD A DOG, AND BINGO WAS HIS NAME,O
CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP O, CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP O, CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP
AND BINGO WAS HIS NAME
THERE WAS A FARMER WHO HAD A DOG, AND BINGO WAS HIS NAME,O
CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP, CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP,
CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP, AND BINGO WAS HIS NAME

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

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

Date learned: 03-00-1964

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SUPERSTITIONS AND CONTAGIOUS MAGIC

A PACKET CONTAINING NAIL PARINGS, A LOCK OF HAIR AND
THREE DROPS OF BODY FLUID, USUALLY BLOOD, PLACED UNDER THE
BOTTOM STEP OF A LOVE OBJECT WILL ENSURE THAT THE LOVED (ONE)
WILL LOVE NO OTHER. MM
A MIXTURE OF ROOSTER BLOOD, CORN WHISKEY, AND A SMALL
AMOUNT OF DRIED BULL DUNG WILL ENSURE POTENNENCE AND MALE
OFFSPRING. CC POTENCY MM
A WOMAN WHO HANDLES ANY ANIMALS DURING HER PREGNANCY
"MARK" HER BABY WITH EITHER ANIMALISTIC FEATURES OR
BEHAVIOR. CC MARKS? MM
IF YOU ALLOW AN ALBINO PERSON TO TOUCH YOU YOU WILL BE
BLINDED OR ONE LEG WILL BECOME SHORTER THAN THE OTHER
BY THE NEXT FULL MOON FOLLOWING THE INCIDENT.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA ; COLUMBUS

Subject headings: Prediction / Divination
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Curse
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 00-00-1918

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IT IS SAID THAT IF A WOMAN IS PREGNANT
AND DOES NOT WANT TO HAVE MORNING SICKNESS, WHAT SHE DOES IS WAIT
UNTIL HER HUSBAND GOES TO SLEEP AND CRAWL ACROSS HIM WITHOUT
HIM KNOWING AND HE WILL BEAR ALL THE SICKNESS.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

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IF YOU STEP ON A CRACK IN THE SIDEWALK YOUR MOTHER WILL HAVE
BAD LUCK.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

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

Date learned: 04091984CA

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A MAN IS OLD AS HE'S FEELING, A WOMAN
AS OLD AS SHE LOOKS.

Submitter comment: SHE BELIEVED IT THEN AND NOW.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1965 ; 00-00-1985

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WHEN THE LEFT SIDE OF YOUR NOSE ITCHES,
A MAN WILL COME TO YOUR HOUSE;
WHEN THE RIGHT SIDE OF YOUR NOSE ITCHES,
A LADY WILL COME.

Submitter comment: SHE SAYS IT HAS HAPPENED FREQUENTLY.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching nose

Date learned: 00-00-1945 ; 00-00-1985

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BLOODY BONES.

BLOODY BONES GONNA GET YA TONIGHT-
FIRST STEP, BLOODY BONES GONNA GET YA
TONIGHT- SECOND STEP, BLOODY BONES
GONNA GET YA TONIGHT- THIRD STEP,
BLOODY BONES GONNA GET YA TONIGHT-
FOURTH STEP, BLOODY BONES GONNA
GET YA TONIGHT- FIFTH STEP,
HE GOTCH YA.

Submitter comment: TOLD AS A SPOOKY BED TIME STORY
TO SCARE CHILDREN. TELLER CAN
USE AS MANY STEPS AS THERE ARE
TO GET TO THE TOP OF THE STEPS.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA ; IN BED AT MY GRANDMOTHERS HOUSE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 00001960S

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I WAS OVER MY COUSIN'S HOUSE EATING PIZZA
AND I GOT INDIGESTION VERY BAD, SO BAD
THAT THEY HAD TO TAKE ME BACK TO MY GRAND-
MOTHER'S HOUSE. WHEN I STEPPED INTO THE HOUSE
THE PAIN WENT AWAY LIKE MAGIC. I THINK IT
WAS BECAUSE MY GRANDMOTHER'S HOUSE WAS SO
FULL OF GOD AND RELIGION THAT GOD TOOK THE
PAIN AWAY.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDMOTHER IS VERY GOOD AND RELIGIOUS

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

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

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When I visited South Carolina in 1989 to golf all of the
locals would say,"It never rains on the golf course." They would
say this when it looked like rain as a superstition in hopes that
everyone could still play golf.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA ; Myrtle Beach

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
SPEECH -- Formula
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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DREAM

TO DREAM OF A FUNERAL MEANS A WEDDING. INFORMANT SAID SHE HAD
THE DREAM ABOUT A WEEK BEFORE THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF A RELATIVE'S
WEDDING.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about weddings, funerals, and other crucial moments of life

Date learned: 10-25-1972

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DREAM

TO DREAM OF A NAKED MAN MEANS A WOMAN'S DEATH. INFORMANT HAD
NOT ACTUALLY EXPERIENCED THIS DREAM, BUT SAID A FRIEND HAD.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Dreams Foretelling a death

Date learned: 10-25-1972

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DREAM

TO DREAM OF MUDDY WATER IS A SIGN OF SICKNESS IN THE FAMILY.
INFORMANT HAD NOT EXPERIENCED THIS DREAM HIMSELF, BUT SAID A
RELATIVE HAD.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

Subject headings: 841 Dreams about the dead and sick
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about the dead and sick

Date learned: 10-25-1972

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DREAM

TO DREAM OF DOLLARS MEANS GOOD LUCK TO THE DREAMER, BUT TO DREAM
OF CHANGE MEANS BAD LUCK. INFORMANT SAID SHE ACTUALLY EXPERIENCED
THIS DREAM HERSELF.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams Bad luck
BELIEF -- Dreams Good luck
BELIEF -- Dreams Money
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 10-25-1972

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LUCK

IF YOU SHOULD STUMP YOUR LEFT TOE, TURN AROUND, AND SPIT ON THE
GROUND TO KEEP FROM HAVING BAD LUCK. THE INFORMANT SAID SHE ACTUALLY
DID THIS HERSELF WHEN SHE WAS YOUNGER.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION POSITION: LEFT ; STUB

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 10-26-1972

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LUCK

TO SWEEP TRASH OUT OF A DOOR AT NIGHT MEANS THAT YOU ARE SWEEPING YOUR LUCK AWAY.
INFORMANT SAID HER MOTHER TOLD HER THIS, AND SHE BELIEVED IT.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Ruler or historic event
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.21
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.21

Date learned: 10-25-1972

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MAGIC

TO KEEP A WITCH FROM RIDING YOU, JUST READ A VERSE IN THE BIBLE AND
PLACE IT UNDER YOUR PILLOW OPENED. INFORMANT SAID SHE NEVER DID THIS
BUT HER FATHER TOLD HER A FRIEND OF HIS DID IT AND IT WORKED.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: 00001960S (EARLY)

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