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NOT GIVEN

A CAR KNOCKED DOWN A YOUNG GIRL AND SHE WAS HANGING ONTO THE CAR
AND KNOCKING ON THE WINDOW. SHE WAS KILLED. EVERY TIME YOU RIDE
OVER THAT SPOT YOU CAN HERE HER KNOCKING. IT'S SOMEWHERE IN
DOWNTOWN DETROIT.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT DOES NOT REMEMBER WHERE OR WHEN SHE LEARNED THIS
STORY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LATHRUP VILLAGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

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NOT GIVEN

THEY WERE BUILDING THE CHAPEL AT THE QUADRANGLE OF GEORGETOWN
IN 1880. A MAN CAME THROUGH AND ASKED FOR A MEAL, WHICH HE WAS
GLADLY GIVEN. AFTER HE HAD FINISHED HE WENT TO THE QUADRANGLE,
GOT SOME BUILDING MATERIALS, AND MADE A STATUE OF A MONK IN THE
SIDE OF THE WALL, AND IT'S STILL THERE.

Submitter comment: MR. BALDWIN RECALLS HEARING THIS WHILE ATTENDING GEORGETOWN IN
1927-31.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LATHRUP VILLAGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Human Being

Date learned: 12-08-1963

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NOT GIVEN

MISS BALDWIN SAYS THAT AT THE TREVI FOUNTAIN IN ROME THERE IS A
SPRING FROM WHICH IF TWO PEOPLE DRINK WATER AT THE SAME TIME THEY
WILL HAVE SIMILAR DESTINIES.

Submitter comment: MISS BALDWIN HEARD THIS FROM AN ITALIAN CITIZEN WHILE ON A
EUROPEAN VOYAGE IN 1962.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LATHRUP VILLAGE

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 12-08-1963

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BIRTHMARK SUPERSTITION

MRS. BALDWIN HAS A SMALL MARK RESEMBLING A PIN PRICK ON THE LOWER
PART OF HER BACK. HER MOTHER TOLD HER THAT SHE HERSELF HAD BEEN
PRICKED WITH A PIN THERE WHILE PREGNANT AND THAT IS HOW IT WAS
PASSED ON.

Submitter comment: MRS. BALDWIN HEARD THIS IN HER CHILDHOOD FROM HER MOTHER IN
BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LATHRUP VILLAGE

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

Date learned: 12-08-1963

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BIRTHMARK SUPERSTITION

STRAWBERRY BIRTHMARKS SWELL-UP DURING STRAWBERRY SEASON.

Submitter comment: MRS. BALDWIN HEARD THIS FROM HER MOTHER DURING HER CHILDHOOD IN
BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LATHRUP VILLAGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 12-08-1963

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MOLE SUPERSTITION

MRS. BALDWIN SAYS THAT PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAIRY MOLES GOT THEM
BECAUSE THEIR MOTHER WAS BITTEN BY A DOG WHEN SHE WAS PREGNANT.

Submitter comment: MRS. BALDWIN DOESN'T REMEMBER WHERE SHE HEARD THIS BUT SHE HAD
BELIEVED IT AS LONG AS SHE CAN REMEMBER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LATHRUP VILLAGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 12-08-1963

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THE OPAL

IF YOU ARE WEARING AN OPAL WHILE YOU ARE FEELING WELL,
THE STONE IS A BRIGHT BLUE COLOR; AND WHEN YOU
ARE NOT WELL, THE STONE WILL TURN A DULL, GREYISH-BLUE.

Submitter comment: MY INFORMANT IS NOT SURE WHERE SHE OBTAINED THIS INFORMATION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LATHRUP VILLAGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Color

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A CURE FOR THE FLU

PUT PIECES OF GARLIC IN A LITTLE POUCH
AND HANG IT AROUND YOUR NECK
TO CURE THE FLU, IF YOU HAVE IT
OR TO PREVENT YOUR CATCHING IT.
SUPPOSEDLY, THE GARLIC WILL ABSORB
THE FLU GERMS

Submitter comment: MY FATHER CLAIMS TO HAVE OBTAINED THIS INFORMATION
FROM HIS MOTHER.

Data entry tech comment: THIS SECTION OF THE ARCHIVES CONTAINS SEVERAL SIMILAR ITEMS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LATHRUP VILLAGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

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CURE FOR ARTHRITIS

WEAR A COPPER BRACELET AND SOMEHOW THAT WILL RELIEVE THE PAIN.

Submitter comment: MRS. DULGERIAN, A YOUNG MARRIED WOMAN OF GERMAN DESCENT, SAID SHE
HAD LEARNED OF THIS CURE FROM A NEIGHBOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LATHRUP VILLAGE

Keyword(s): GERMAN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 05-09-1965

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A PREDICTION

WHEN A PREGNANT WOMAN CARRIES HER CHILD HIGH AND HER FORM
APPEARS WELL-ROUNDED, SHE WILL HAVE A GIRL.
WHEN SHE CARRIES THE CHILD LOW, AND IN FRONT, IT WILL BE A BOY.

Submitter comment: MY INFORMANT IS NOT CERTAIN FROM WHOM SHE HEARD THIS
INFORMATION, BUT SHE KNOWS SHE HEARD IT QUITE RECENTLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LATHRUP VILLAGE

Subject headings: Observation

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YOU ARE THE LAST PERSON ON EARTH. THERE IS
A KNOCK AT THE DOOR.

Submitter comment: MIND GAME

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LATHRUP VILLAGE

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

Date learned: 00-00-1984

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THEY PUT A STATUE OF ST. MARY INSIDE THE FOYER IN THE
INFIRMARY BECAUSE THERE HAD BEEN A SERIES OF DEATHS
AT GEORGETOWN. THAT'S WHY THEY PUT THE STATUE THERE,
WITH AN ETERNAL LIGHT ON IT. FOR TWENTY-FIVE YEARS
THERE WERE NO STUDENT DEATHS AT GEORGETOWN. THEN
ONE NIGHT SOME BOYS WERE FOOLING IN THE DORM, A
BOTTLE GOT THROWN OUT THE WINDOW. IT HIT THE LIGHT
AND THE LIGHT WAS EXTINGUISHED. THE SAME NIGHT A
STUDENT DIED IN THE INFIRMARY.

Submitter comment: MR. BALDWIN LEARNED OF THIS DURING HIS UNDERGRADUATE
YEARS AT GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY. IT WAS TOLD TO HIM
BY A FR. MC DONOUGH IN 1928.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GEORGETOWN ; LATHRUP VILLAGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal P477.13

Date learned: 12-08-1963 ; 00-00-1928

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VOODOO

IT IS BELIEVED IN MANY OF THE AFRICAN TRIBES THAT
THE WITCH DOCTOR, AND OFTENTIMES OTHER MEMBERS OF
THE TRIBE, HAVE THE POWER FROM THE EVIL ONE TO
INFLICT PAIN, OR EVEN DEATH, ON THEIR ENEMIES. THIS
IS DONE BY POKING PINS THROUGH A DOLL, WHICH REPRE-
SENTS THE ENEMY. SOON AFTERWARDS, THE ENEMY BEGINS
TO HAVE PAIN, OR IS INJURED, IN THE SAME SPOTS
WHERE THE PINS HAD BEEN DRIVEN THROUGH THE DOLL.
AN ENEMY, WHO DOES NOT HIMSELF BELIEVE IN VOODOO,
HAS A FAR BETTER CHANCE OF ESCAPING DEATH THROUGH
THIS CURSE THAN ONE WHO DOES.

Submitter comment: I DO NOT KNOW FROM WHOM I OBTAINED THIS INFORMATION,
BUT I DO KNOW THAT THIS CULT IS STILL PRACTICED
TODAY, SINCE I HAVE READ ARTICLES ON THE SUBJECT.
WHETHER THE VOODOO POWERS ARE REAL OR NOT, I REALLY
CANNOT SAY; BUT I DO KNOW THAT I HAVE HEARD MANY
ACCOUNTS OF THESE POWERS FROM PEOPLE WHO, IN TURN,
HAVE HEARD THEM FROM OTHER PEOPLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LATHRUP VILLAGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Use of Object Domestic object, wax, needle, dishware

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THE CARMELITES CUT THEIR FRUIT OR PIECES OF CAKE
INTO THREES BEFORE EATING THEM, TO COMMEMORATE
THE BLESSED TRINITY.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED OF THIS CUSTOM FROM THE SISTERS OF THAT
COMMUNITY WHEN I ENTERED IN OCTOBER, 1961.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LATHRUP VILLAGE

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- P439
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 00-00-1961

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