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ROLLING CALF

IF YOU ARE A BUTCHER, WHEN YOU DIE YOU WILL BECOME A ROLLING CALF
A ROLLING CALF IS A GHOST WHO IS MOST DREADED AND
CRUEL. IT HAS EYES LIKE FIRE. IF YOU MEET ONE ON THE ROAD RUN FOR
YOUR LIFE AND MAKE A KATHA, THEN SIT ON IT BUT DON'T FALL ASLEEP.
IF YOU FALL ASLEEP THE ROLLING CALF WILL KILL AND DISFIGURE YOU AS IF
YOU WERE BORN WITH THE DISFIGUREMENT.

Submitter comment: THE SPELLING OF ROLLING CALF MAY BE WRONG.
I WAS UNABLE TO LOCATE THE WORD "KATHA" IN ANY DICTIONARY. THE
SPELLING WHICH WAS GIVEN TO ME WAS SAID TO BE CORRECT. A "KATHA" IS A
WAD OF CLOTH WHICH IS PLACED ON THE HEAD WHEN CARRYING OBJECTS ON
IT.
DONALD LEE LEARNED THIS ITEM IN BUFF BAY JAMAICA.

Where learned: JAMAICA ; BUFF BAY

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Human or animal body Deformation
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-31-1975

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JAMACAN SPIRIT BELIEF

OLD RAILROAD TUNNELS WHICH WERE DUG BY SLAVES WOULD OFTEN COLLAPSE
WHEN THE SLAVES WERE WORKING ON THEM. THE GHOSTS OF THE DEAD SLAVES
STILL ROAM IN THESE TUNNELS. NEVER SLEEP IN THOSE TUNNELS OR YOU
MIGHT BE KILLED BY THE SPIRITS.

Submitter comment: DONALD LEE LEARNED THIS ITEM IN BUFF BAY, JAMAICA.

Where learned: JAMAICA ; BUFF BAY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 10-31-1975

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JAMAICAN CURSE

IF YOU WANT TO GET RID OF ANYONE GO TO A RELATIVE'S GRAVE AND
SPRINKLE RICE AROUND IT' THEN, TRAIL THE RICE TO YOUR ENEMY,S
YARD. HE WILL BE DEAD THE NEXT DAY.

Submitter comment: DONALD LEE LEARNED THIS ITEM IN BUFF BAY, JAMAICA.

Where learned: JAMAICA ; BUFF BAY

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTAGIOUS MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 10-31-1975

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