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CURSE EVIL EYE HOW TO AVOID IT

YOU CAN USUALLY PURCHASE A SMALL NUT LIKE THING,
WHICH LOOKS LIKE AN EYE FROM SOMEONE IN YOUR TOWN
WHO KNOWS ABOUT SUCH THINGS, IT IS CALLED
EL MAL DE OJO. THIS IS SAID TO
PREVENT ANYONE FROM BEING ABLE TO GIVE YOU THE EVIL EYE.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT NOTED THAT WHILE THESE THINGS
ARE PRACTICED IN SMALL TOWNS OF MEXI
YOU WILL
SELDOM OR NEVER SEE THEM IN THE BIG CITIES.

Where learned: WESTERN YMCA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 11-11-1971

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CURSE EVIL EYE HOW TO GET RID OF IT.

COOK A COMBINATION OF HERBS TOGETHER, DRINK THE
TEA AND PLACE THE LEAVES ON THE PERSON'S
BODY. ALSO PRAY OVER THE PERSON.

Where learned: WESTERN YMCA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 11-11-1971

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FOLK CURE FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

TAKE A FRESH LEMON AND SQUEEZE OUT THE JUICE AND DRINK IT STRAIGHT.

Where learned: WESTERN YMCA ; DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-12-1971

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FOLK CURE FOR MEASLES

GATHER SHEEP DUNG FROM THE PASTURE
AND BOIL IT IN WATER,
THEN STRAIN IT THROUGH A CLOTH AND DRINK LIKE TEA.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT NEVER ACTUALLY TRIED THIS BUT SAID
THAT THE PEOPLE DID IT IN THE AREA HE WAS BORN IN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTERN YMCA ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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DATING CUSTOMS IN MEXICO

THERE ARE REALLY NO SUCH THINGS AS DATING IN MEXICO, NOR IS THERE
ANY PETTING, HAND HOLDING, ETC., HOWEVER THERE IS ONE MAJOR GATHERING
WHICH COMMONLY OCCURS AS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO MEET.
THIS IS A DANCE AT WHICH A MARICHI BAND PLAYS, IT IS USUALLY HELD
IN THE TOWN SQUARE OR CENTRAL PARK. THE GIRLS DANCE IN THE CENTER
OF A CIRCLE AND THE BOYS MAKE UP THE OUTER CIRCLE. DURING THE DANCE
IF A BOY SEES A GIRL HE WOULD LIKE TO TALK WITH HE GIVES HER A
FLOWER AND TIES A SCARF AROUND HER NECK, THE TWO TALK AS THE DANCE
GOES ON AND EVENTUALLY THEY LEAVE THE CIRCLE TO TALK.

Where learned: WESTERN YMCA

Keyword(s): MARIACHI

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating, courtship mechanics

Date learned: 11-12-1971

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DATING CUSTOMS IN MEXICO

IF A GIRL WISHES TO SEE HER FELLA DURING THE WEEK, HE IS NOT
ALLOWED TO GO INTO THE GIRL'S HOUSE, SO THEY MAY MAKE ARRANGEMENTS
TO MEET AT THE CORRALS BEHIND THE HOUSE. THEY GENERALLY STAND ONE
PERSON ON EITHER SIDE OF THE FENCE TO TALK, THERE IS NO HOLDING OF
HANDS OR BODY CONTACT DURING THEIR MEETINGS.

Where learned: WESTERN YMCA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Individuals
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage F545.0121
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage F545.0121

Date learned: 11-12-1971

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COURTING PRACTICES

TO GO STEADY, THE GIRL MUST HAVE THE PARENTS O.K. THE BOY ASKS THE
FATHER'S PERMISSION. THE BOY CANNOT COME INTO THE GIRL'S HOUSE.
THIS IS OUT OF RESPECT FOR THE GIRL AS A PART OF HER FAMILY. THEY
USUALLY SET A SPECIFIC TIME TO MEET, AND THE BOY WILL WAIT ON THE
CORNER UNTIL THE GIRL COMES OUT ON THE STEP OF HER HOUSE. THEY
WILL STAND THERE AND TALK FROM ONE TO TWO HOURS, IF ONE OF THE
OLDER BROTHERS OR ANY OTHER RELATIVE SHOULD COME ALONG THE BOY MUST
LEAVE UNTIL THEY ARE FINISHED SPEAKING WITH THE GIRL. AGAIN THIS
IS BECAUSE SHE IS A PART OF HER FAMILY AND THE BOY MUST RESPECT
THIS.

Where learned: WESTERN YMCA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Individuals
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage F545.0121
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage F545.0121

Date learned: 11-11-1971

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MARRIAGE CUSTOMS IN MEXICO

IF A GIRL IS NOT GIVEN PERMISSION TO MARRY THE BOY WHO REQUESTS TO
THE FATHER IS PERSUADED BY THE OTHER RELATIVES AND FRIENDS TO GRANT
HOUSE SO THAT SHE MAY CONTINUE TO SEE THE BOY. DURING THIS TIME
MARRY HER, THE GIRL IS USUALLY TAKEN TO ANOTHER MARRIED COUPLE'S
PERMISSION TO MARRY.

Where learned: WESTERN YMCA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Asking permission to marry

Date learned: 11-12-1971

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ENGAGEMENT PRACTICES IN MEXICO
THE BOY WHO WISHES TO GET ENGAGED TO A GIRL COMES TO THE GIRL'S
HOUSE TOGETHER WITH HIS FATHER AND HIS PRIEST, THE BOY THEN ASKS
PERMISSION TO BE ENGAGED TO HIS GIRL. THE FATHER THEN MAY CONSENT
OR NOT, IF HE DOES, THEN HE WILL SET A TIME LIMIT IN WHICH THE TWO
MAY BE MARRIED. THIS MAY BE A MONTH OR A YEAR AND A HALF.

Where learned: WESTERN YMCA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Asking permission to marry

Date learned: 11-11-1971

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RECIPE FOR TACOS

HEAT TORTILLAS, PREPARE MEAT PREFERABLY BEEF THREAD IT OR
GRIND IT, ADD SPICES. PUT MEAT IN TORTILLAS, FOLD TORTILLA IN
HALF, STICK A TOOTH-PICK TO FASTEN CLOSED. PLACE IN HOT
PREHEATED GREASE AND FRY TILL SLIGHTLY BROWNED.

Where learned: WESTERN YMCA ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food

Date learned: 11-12-1971

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RECIPE FOR TOSTADAS

REFRY BEANS, MAKE A SALAD OF LETTUCE, TOMATO (DICED), AND
PICKLED PIGS FEET, PREHEAT GREASE, PUT CORN TORTILLA IN,
GREASE (FLAT) AND FRY UNTIL BROWNED, SPREAD BEANS ON FRIED TORTILLA,
PUT SALAD ON TOP OF BEANS, AND TOP WITH GRATED CHEESE (SHARP-
PREFERABLY).

Where learned: WESTERN YMCA ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food

Date learned: 11-12-1971

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FEVER

GENERALLY USED IN THE CASE OF AN INFANT:
TAKE THE LEAF OF A CACTUS PLANT, CUT IT IN HALF,
AND PLACE ON THE BABY'S STOMACH.
THIS WILL GRADUALLY DRAW THE FEVER OUT.

Where learned: WESTERN YMCA ; DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): CHILD'S FEVER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 11-12-1971

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HEADACHE

FOLK CURE FOR HEADACHES AND NERVOUSNESS: ASARES LEAVES FROM A PLANT
ARE DRIED AND BOILED IN WATER, HAS A VERY GOOD FLAVOR.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HAS ALWAYS BEEN HAPPY WITH THE RESULTS OF THIS TEA.

Where learned: WESTERN YMCA ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): NERVOUSNESS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 11-11-1971

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PROMISES

IF SOMEONE NEEDS AN ANSWER TO A SPECIAL INTENTION, THEY
OFTEN PROMISE GOD THAT IF THE INTENTION IS ANSWERED
THEY WILL MAKE A PILGRIMAGE TO THE CATHEDRAL IN MEXICO
CITY WHERE THE CAPE OF SAN JUAN IS. THE PEOPLE ENTER
THE CHURCH AND GO UP TO THE ALTAR ON THEIR KNEES, WITH
A CANDLE IN THEIR HANDS. THIS IS THE FULFILLMENT
OF THEIR PROMISE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THAT THERE ARE MANY OTHER SHRINES
WHICH ARE USED AS PILGRIM SPOTS, SHE, HERSELF HAD TO WALK
TWENTY MILES TO A SHRINE IN FULFILLMENT OF A PROMISE
CONCERNING THE OPERATION OF A COUSIN.

Where learned: WESTERN YMCA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church

Date learned: 11-11-1971

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15TH BIRTHDAY--QUINCE ANOS

PEOPLE WHO ARE POOR CELEBRATE THE GIRLS' 15TH BIRTHDAY
BY GOING TO A SPECIAL MASS, IN WHICH THE GIRL GIVES THANKS
THAT GOD HAS LET HER GROW TO BE A WOMAN.
IN THE RICHER FAMILIES A LARGE PARTY IS THROWN. FIRST
THE FAMILY GOES TO MASS AND THEN THEY ALL GO TO A HALL FOR
THE FESTIVAL. THE GIRL HAS 14 ATTENDANTS (BOYS AND GIRLS)
WHO REPRESENT THE YEARS PAST.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THE CELEBRATION IS A CROSS BETWEEN A
WEDDING AND OUR COMING OUT PARTIES, FOR 16-YEAR-OLD GIRLS.

Where learned: WESTERN YMCA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity

Date learned: 11-11-1971

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A CHILD USUALLY HAS A DINNER PARTY FOR HIS BIRTHDAY.
WHEN ALL THE GUESTS ARRIVE, THEY GATHER AROUND THE
PINATA AND THE BIRTHDAY PERSON GETS THE FIRST SWING
AT BREAKING IT. THE PINATA IS A PAPER MACHE ANIMAL,
USUALLY A BULL, WHOSE INSIDE IS FILLED WITH CANDY,
MONEY, PEANUTS, AND SMALL TOYS. ONCE THE PINATA IS
BROKEN, THERE IS A SCRAMBLE FOR EACH PERSON TO GET
SOMETHING FROM THE PINATA. AFTERWARDS THERE IS A
DINNER.

Data entry tech comment: SPELLING OF PINATA CORRECTED--SHE HAD PINIATA
CN[ CAMPAGNA, KATH

Where learned: WESTERN YMCA ; DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary

Date learned: 11-12-1971

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MEXICAN FEASTDAY CELEBRATIONS

IF A GIRL HAS A STEADY (BOYFRIEND), OR A MOTHER HAS AN
OLDER SON, ON THEIR FEASTDAY THE BOYS COME TO THEIR
WINDOWS AT NIGHT AFTER THEY'VE GONE TO BED TO SERENADE
THEM.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT MENTIONED THIS HAPPENED MOSTLY IN SMALL TOWNS

Where learned: WESTERN YMCA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary

Date learned: 11-11-1971

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INSTEAD OF A BEST MAN AND A MAID OF HONOR SERVING AT
THE WEDDING, THE COUPLE CHOOSE TWO OLDER PEOPLE
(COULD BE PARENTS, RELATIVES, OR JUST OLDER FRIENDS).
THE GIRL HAS SIX BRIDESMAIDS WITH NO MALE PARTNERS,
EACH GIRL OR TWO GIRLS CARRY SOMETHING FOR THE BRIDE
AND GROOM. THE INFORMANT COULD NOT NAME THESE SIX
THINGS, ONE HOWEVER, IS A GARLAND WHICH IS PLACED
AROUND THE MARRIED COUPLE'S SHOULDERS BY THE TWO GIRLS
TO SYMBOLIZE THEIR ONENESS, A SECOND THING IS 12 GOLD
COINS WHICH SYMBOLIZE WEALTH IN THE FUTURE, THE PRIEST
BLESSES THESE AND GIVES THEM TO THE COUPLE. ALSO THE
BRIDESMAIDS ARE CALLED "MADRINAS," WHICH MEANS
GODMOTHERS.

Where learned: WESTERN YMCA ; MEXICO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Ceremony

Date learned: 11-11-1971

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LATIN QUEEN--16 YEAR OLD GIRL

IN THE MEXICAN-AMERICAN AREA OF DETROIT (MICHIGAN) EVERY YEAR
A QUEEN IS CHOSEN. THE NAMES OF THE CANDIDATES ARE SENT TO
THE LASED HOUSE (A MEXICAN-AMERICAN ORGANIZATION PRIMARILY
SERVING IMMIGRANTS). THE JUDGES THERE SPEAK WITH EACH OF
THE CANDIDATES, THEY ARE JUDGED ACCORDING TO HOW MUCH OF
THEIR MEXICAN HISTORY THEY KNOW, THEIR TASTE IN CLOTHES,
THEIR FIGURE, THEIR TALENTS, AND GENERAL OVERALL
PERSONALITY. THE JUDGES CHOOSE THE PERSON TO BE QUEEN
AND SHE IS PRESENTED TO THE PUBLIC.
AS QUEEN, SHE SERVES FOR ONE YEAR, GETS A SCHOLARSHIP
FOR SCHOOL, AND DURING THE SUMMER GOES TO MEXICO, WHERE
SHE GETS INVOLVED IN WITH THE PEOPLES POLITICS AND
THEIR GENERAL OVERALL LIFESTYLE.

Where learned: WESTERN YMCA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Festival
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Movable Date

Date learned: 11-11-1971

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