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NEVER INDULGE IN ONIONS, UNLESS YOUR LOVE EATS ONIONS TOO.
FOR YOUR SCENTED BREATH WILL BE THE DEATH
OF THE LOVE, HE BEARS, FOR YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD

Keyword(s): FOOD SEX ; MONOLOGUE INDIRECTION ADVICE ; QUATRAIN? ; RHYME: IMPERFECT, ABCA ; RHYME: INTERNAL, MASCULINE

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

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BELIEF

ALWAYS CHRUSH EGGSCHELLS COMPLETELY BEFORE THROWING THEM AWAY
IF YOU DO NOT, THE SHELL HALVES WILL PROVIDE A SHELTER FOR
DANGEROUS SPIRITS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Animal product Egg
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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IN COLLECTING MAGICAL HEALING HERBS
YOU SHOULD NOT TOUCH THE HERBS WITH COLD IRON
OR STEEL OR THE HERBS WILL RAPIDLY LOSE THEIR POWERS.
APPROPRIATE WAYS OF GATHERING THEM ARE
1. PLUCKING
2. CUTTING WITH "ELDER METALS", I.E., GOLD OR BRONZE.
3. CUTTING WITH AN IRON BLADE WHICH IS RED HOT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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CHARM

SALT IS A GOOD GENERAL DEFENSE AGAINST WITCH CRAFT
AND SORCERY. PUTTING A FEW GRAINS IN YOUR
FOOD WILL PREVENT IT FROM BEING USED AS A MEDIUM
FOR BEWITCHING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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BELIEF

ALWAYS CRUSH EGG SHELLS COMPLETELY BEFORE THROWING THEM AWAY.
IF YOU DON'T THE SHELL HALVES WILL PROVIDE A SHELTER FOR
DANGEROUS SPIRITS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD

Keyword(s): Eggs ; GHOST ; Shells ; SPIRIT ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Animal product Egg
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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A CHARM TO BE SAID BY WHITE MAGICIANS WHEN PLUCKING
HEALING HERBS FROM THE GROUND:
OH SWEET HERB, ON CALVARY, MM'TWAS FIRST WHERE YOU WERE FOUND,
IN THE NAME OF HIM WHO DIED THERE,
I PLUCK YOU FROM THE GROUND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.646

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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JEWISH CUSTOM --BARMITZVAH

AT THE AGE OF 13 A BOY IS READY TO ACCEPT THE FULL
RESPONSIBITIES OF THE JEWISH FAITH.

Submitter comment: BY THIS CUSTOM A BOY TAKES ON THE ROLE OF A MAN IN THE JEWISH
RELIGION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD

Subject headings: 686 Specific number by specific number being described
686 Specific number by specific number being described
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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FOOD CUSTOM

IRANIANS ABSTAINED FROM ALL FISHES THAT DO NOT HAVE FINS & SCALES

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS FOUND TO BE TRUE FROM BERTHOLET,"COMMENTARY ON LEN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat Fish and other animal life related to water

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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JEWISH BIRTH CUSTOM

A PIECE OF IRON PLACED IN THE WOMAN'S BED OR UNDER HER PILLOW.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS SHOWN TO ME IN THE BOOK OF THE HOLY AND PROFANE.
TO WARD OFF EVIL SPIRIT AT BIRTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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DEATH

IT IS CUSTOMARY TO MAKE A HOLE IN THE HUT, TO ALLOW THE PASSAGE
OF THE SPIRIT OF THE DEAD PERSON OUT.

Submitter comment: THIS STATMENT CAN BE SEEN IN M. COX'S BOOK INTRODUCTION TO
FOLKLORE (1897) AND IS CUT IN THE WALLS OR IN THE CEILING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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DEATH

OPENING THE WINDOW FOR A FEW MOMENTS IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE LAST
BREATH HAS BEEN DRAWN

Submitter comment: WHEN A PERSON HAS DIED, TO LET OUT THE SPIRIT OF DEATH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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DEATH

IN ENGLAND NO PERSON IS ALLOWED TO DIE ON A FEATHER BED.

Submitter comment: THIS CAN BE FOUND IN J. HARLAND & WILKINSON BOOK LANCASHIRE
FOLK}LORE (1869)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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BIRTH

IN SWITZERLAND WHEN A BOY IS BORN IT IS THE PRACTICE TO PLANT AN
APPLE TREE. WHEN A GIRL IS BORN A NUT TREE IS PLANTED.

Submitter comment: CAN BE FOUND IN MC CARTNEY "FOLKLORE HEIRLOOMS"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): PLANTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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BIRTH

MOHAMMED'S MOTHER HAD A PIECE OF IRON BOUND UPON HER HAND AT TIME
OF HIS BIRTH TO WARD OFF EVIL SPIRITS

Submitter comment: THIS CAN BE FOUND IN SPRENGER, DAS LEBEN UND DIE LEHRE
MOHAMMED (1861-65)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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BIRTH

ALL FEARS AND HAZARDS OF CHILD BIRTH ARE IN THE FIGURE OF LILITH.

Submitter comment: SHE IS A PHANTOM FIGURE WHO STEALS NEWBORN BABIES & KILLS OR
INJURES THEIR MOTHERS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
BELIEF -- Devil Demon

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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BIRTH

IN INDIA MOTHERS AND CHILDREN ARE PROTECTED BY KEEPING A PIECE
OF IRON BOILING IN AN EARTHENWARE POT.

Submitter comment: FOUND IN W. CROOKE'S BOOK 1896 BY RABBI HALPERN, TRIBES AND CAST
OF THE NORTH-WESTERN PROVINCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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SUPERSTITION

WHEN AN ARAB ENCOUNTERS A SANDSTORM , HE FANCIES THAT HE
HAS MET WITH A JINN OR DEMON & AT ONCE CRIES OUT "IRON! IRON!"

Submitter comment: THIS WAS GIVEN TO ME BY RABBI HALPERN
AND IS STILL DONE TODAY AT TIMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Word Letter
X570

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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SUPERSTITION

ANCIEMT GERMANS WERE LOATHE TO EMBARK ON ANY NEW ENTERPRISE WHEN
THE MOON WAS INVISIBLE

Submitter comment: THIS WAS GIVEN TO ME BY RABBI HALPERN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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BIRTH

MONDAY'S CHILD IS FAIR OF FACE,
TUESDAY'S CHILD IS FULL OF GRACE.
WEDNESDAY'S CHILD IS FULL OF WOE,
AND THURSDAY'S CHILD HAS FAR TO GO.
FRIDAY'S CHILD IS LOVING & GIVING
AND SATURDAY'S CHILD HAS TO WORK FOR A LIVING.
BUT THE BAIRN THAT IS BORN ON THE SABBATH DAY,
IS BONNY AND LUCKY AND WISE AND GAY

Submitter comment: WAS GIVEN TO ME BY RABBI HALPERN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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MARRIAGE

IN RURAL DISTRICTS OF GERMANY THE BRIDE SENDS THE GROOM AN
ENBOIDERED SHIRT WHILE HE SENDS HER A PRESENT OF SLIPPERS,
HANDKERCHIEFS, & SCARVES.

Submitter comment: GIVEN TO ME BY RABBI HALPERN, HE COULD NOT REMEMBER THE SOURCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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