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ON AGES OF VAMPIRES

VAMPIRES NEVER SHOW AGING PHYSICALLY. THEY ALWAYS LOOK THE SAME
AS THE DAY THEY BECAME VAMPIRES, AND WILL SHOW
THEIR TRUE AGE WHEN THEY ARE DESTROYED.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: OHIO ; FREMONT

Keyword(s): APPEARANCE ; Destroy ; SUPERNATURAL ; Vampire

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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VAMPIRE BELIEF

A VAMPIRE CAN BE FRIGHTENED OFF BY MAKING A CROSS OUT OF
ANYTHING, SUCH AS TWO STICKS OR EVEN YOUR ARMS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; FREMONT

Keyword(s): Cross ; SUPERNATURAL ; SUPERSTITION ; SYMBOL ; Undead ; Vampire

James Callow Keyword(s): SYMBOL

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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VAMPIRE BELIEF

VAMPIRES CAN BE KEPT AWAY BY HANGING GARLIC AROUND YOUR
DOORS AND WINDOWS
GARLIC HUNG AROUND THE NECK ALSO SERVES THE PURPOSE

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; FREMONT

Keyword(s): Garlic ; SUPERNATURAL ; SUPERSTITION ; Undead ; Vampire

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Upper body, arms, neck

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TO KILL A WEREWOLF

WEREWOLVES CAN BE KILLED BY SOMETHING SILVER, SUCH AS A KNIFE
OR BULLET.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; FREMONT

Keyword(s): Lycan ; Silver ; SUPERNATURAL ; SUPERSTITION ; Werewolf

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WITCH TEST

THE PERSON SUSPECTED OF BEING A WITCH IS TIED AND THROWN
INTO THE WATER. IF SHE ESCAPES, SHE IS A WITCH AND MUST BE
BURNED. IF SHE DROWNS, SHE IS NOT A WITCH.

Where learned: OHIO ; FREMONT

James Callow Keyword(s): IRONY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SIGN OF A LIAR

IF THE PART OF YOUR FINGERNAIL AT THE BASE IS VERY LARGE,
THEN YOU ARE APT TO LIE A LOT.

Where learned: OHIO ; FREMONT

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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CHILDREN'S FAIRY TALE

WHEN YOU LOSE A TOOTH YOU SHOULD PLACE IT UNDER
YOUR PILLOW AT NIGHT.
THE GOOD FAIRY WILL BUY IT FROM YOU
AND USE THE TOOTH TO HELP BUILD A CASTLE.

Where learned: OHIO ; FREMONT

Keyword(s): TOOTH FAIRY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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ON AGES OF VAMPIRES

VAMPIRES NEVER SHOW AGING PHYSICALLY. THEY ALWAYS LOOK THE SAME
AS THE DAY THEY BECAME VAMPIRES AND WILL ONLY SHOW
THEIR TRUE AGE WHEN THEY ARE
DESTROYED.

Where learned: OHIO ; FREMONT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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VAMPIRE BELIEF

A VAMPIRE CAN BE FRIGHTENED OFF BY MAKING A CROSS OUT OF
ANYTHING, SUCH AS TWO STICKS OR EVEN YOUR ARMS.

Where learned: OHIO ; FREMONT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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VAMPIRE BELIEF

VAMPIRES CAN BE KEPT AWAY BY HANGING GARLIC AROUND YOUR
DOORS AND WINDOWS
GARLIC HUNG AROUND THE NECK ALSO SERVES THE SAME PURPOSE.

Where learned: OHIO ; FREMONT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TO KILL A WEREWOLF

WEREWOLVES CAN BE KILLED BY SOMETHING SILVER, SUCH AS A SILVER KNIFE
OR BULLET.

Where learned: OHIO ; FREMONT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WITCH TEST

THE PERSON SUSPECTED OF BEING A WITCH IS TIED AND THROWN
INTO THE WATER. IF SHE ESCAPES, SHE IS A WITCH AND MUST BE
BURNED. IF SHE DROWNS THIS MEANS SHE WAS NOT A WITCH.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; FREMONT

Keyword(s): Burn ; Drown ; Proof ; TEST ; Trial ; Witch ; Witchcraft

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THE HEADLESS MOTORCYCLIST

ON A CERTAIN COUNTRY ROAD JUST OUTSIDE OF FREMONT, OHIO THERE IS
A SMALL BRIDGE. IT IS SAID THAT IF YOU GO THERE AT NIGHT AND BLINK
YOUR LIGHTS THREE TIMES AND THEN HONK YOUR HORN THREE TIMES, YOU WILL
SEE A SINGLE LIGHT COMING FROM BEHIND YOU AND YOU WILL HEAR THE SOUND
OF A MOTORCYCLE. THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE GHOST OF A MAN WHO WAS
BEHEADED BY A WIRE STRETCHED ACROSS THE BRIDGE WHILE HE WAS RIDING
HIS MOTORCYCLE ONE NIGHT.

Where learned: OHIO ; FREMONT

Keyword(s): MYSTERIOUS LIGHT

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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HIGH SCHOOL DRESS CUSTOM

IF YOU WEAR GREEN ON THURSDAY IT IS A SIGN THAT YOU
ARE A HOMOSEXUAL.

Submitter comment: LEARNED PROBABLY IN 7TH OR 8TH GRADE.

Where learned: OHIO ; FREMONT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WEREWOLF WARNING

EVEN A MAN WHO IS PURE IN HEART
AND SAYS HIS PRAYERS AT NIGHT,
MAY BECOME A WOLF WHEN THE WOLFBANE BLOOMS
AND THE MOON IS FULL AND BRIGHT.

Where learned: OHIO ; FREMONT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.427

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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AMERICAN INDIANS HAD THE BURIAL CUSTOM OF PLACING
PENNIES OVER THE EYES OF THEIR DEAD.

Where learned: OHIO ; FREMONT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU CAN BLOW OUT ALL OF THE CANDLES ON YOUR BIRTHDAY
CAKE, WHILE YOU MAKE A WISH, IT WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: OHIO ; FREMONT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF SOMEONE IS LIGHTING OTHER PEOPLE'S CIGARETTES
WITH A MATCH, IT IS BAD LUCK IF HE USES THE SAME
MATCH TO LIGHT THREE CIGARETTES.

Where learned: OHIO ; FREMONT

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Bad luck Numbers

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU SPILL SALT, IT WILL BRING YOU BAD LUCK UNLESS
YOU CANCEL THE BAD LUCK BY THROWING A PINCH OF
SALT OVER YOUR SHOULDER.

Where learned: OHIO ; FREMONT

James Callow Keyword(s): ACCIDENT ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Conversions Activities

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF THE PALM OF YOUR LEFT HAND ITCHES, IT IS AN
OMEN THAT YOU WILL RECEIVE MOENY IN THE
NEAR FUTURE.

Where learned: OHIO ; FREMONT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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