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LENTEN CUSTOM

IT IS A COMMON CUSTOM AMONG CHRISTIANS DURING THE LENTEN SEASON
TO GIVE-UP OR ABSTAIN FROM SOMETHING THEY REALLY ENJOY.
CIGARETTES, CANDY, ETC.

Where learned: COLLECTORS HOME

Keyword(s): SELF-SACRIFICE

Subject headings: 663 Lent

Date learned: 03-07-1968

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TRAVELING CUSTOM

WHEN SOMEONE IS GOING ON A JOURNEY (WHETHER IT BE LONG OR SHORT ),
THE OLDEST WOMAN IN THE FAMILY GIVES THE TRAVELER A WOODEN STICK.
THE STICK IS SUPPOSED TO BE A SPECIAL, SHORT TWIG, THAT HAS BEEN
DRIED AND AGED IN A SPECIAL WAY. THE TWIG IS GIVEN TO WARD OFF
BURGLARY AND ILLNESS DURING THE JOURNEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD ; COLLECTORS HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 10-28-1970

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GIFT_GIVING CUSTOM

IF SOMEONE IS GIVEN A KNIFE OF SCISSORS OR OTHER SHARP IMPLEMENT
YOU MUST GIVE IT WITH A PENNY TO CUT THE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM ; COLLECTORS HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 11-22-1970

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DESTINY

IF A PERSON GIVES AWAY A STRAIGHT PIN, HE SHOULD ALWAYS ASK FOR A
PENNY IN RETURN OR ELSE HE AND THE OTHER PERSON ARE DESTINED TO
BECOME ENEMIES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTORS HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 03-10-1970

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BELIEF (CUSTOM)

WHEN PLANTING CORN, PLACE A FISH IN EACH HOLE AND PLANT BY THE
LIGHT OF THE HALF MOON. YOU WILL, THEREFORE, REAP A BIGGER CROP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTORS HOME

Keyword(s): PLANTING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Fish
BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 10-23-1968

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PLANTING RULE

IT IS A CUSTOM IN THE VILLAGE OF WENGEN, SWITZERLAND THAT YOU NEVER
PLANT BEANS WHILE THE MOON IS GROWING (THE PHASE FROM A NEW
MOON TO A FULL MOON). IF THIS RULE IS VIOLATED, THE BEANS
"JUST DON'T GROW."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD ; COLLECTORS HOME

Keyword(s): PLANTING CUSTOM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 10-28-1970

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EACH YEAR IN THE SPRING, MY MOTHER'S GRANDFATHER WOULD LINE UP
ALL THE SMALL CHILDREN AND HAVE THEM EACH LICK SOME POWDER(WHITE)
CALLED CALAMEL OFF HIS PEN KNIFE IN ORDER TO CLEAN OUT
THEIR BLOOD FOR SUMMER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTORS HOME

Keyword(s): BLOOD ; PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 04-00-1970

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TO PREVENT A SORE THROAT, PUT 3 OR 4 STRIPS OF RAW BACON AROUND YOUR
NECK; THEN PUT A PIECE OF RED FLANNEL OR A BLACK STOCKING
ON TOP OF IT.

Data entry tech comment: THERE ARE 3 OTHER SIMILAR REFERENCES IN THIS SECTION OF THE ARCHIVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTORS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 03-15-1970

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ANIMAL BELIEF

IF YOU GET STUNG BY A BEE, MUD WILL TAKE THE STING OUT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAYS HE WAS TOLD THIS BY A COMPLETE STRANGER,
WHEN HE WAS STUNG BY A BEE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTORS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 04-10-1972

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NOSE ITCH

IF YOUR NOSE ITCHES, YOU ARE GOING TO KISS A FOOL.

Data entry tech comment: THERE ARE OTHER SIMILAR REFERENCES IN THIS SECTION OF ARCHIVE.

Where learned: COLLECTORS HOME

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Nose

Date learned: 10-23-1970

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ENGLISH DRINK

SHANDY - GAFF - MADE OF LEMONADE AND BEER.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS A SPECIAL DRINK FOR LADIES IN ENGLAND.

Where learned: COLLECTORS HOME

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Kind of Drink and Its Preparation
Food Drink -- Non-alcoholic fruit beverage Citrus
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented

Date learned: 04-09-1971

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BELIEF

TO KILL A WITCH- CLOSE THE BOOK, RING THE BELL, AND BLOW
OUT THE CANDLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTORS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: 10-23-1968

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ARTHRITIS

IF YOU WEAR A PIECE OF COPPER JEWELRY NEXT TO YOUR SKIN OR CARRY A
CHESTNUT IN YOUR POCKET, THIS IS SAID TO KEEP ARTHRITIS AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; COLLECTORS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 11-16-1971

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ARTHRITIS

IN ORDER TO GET RID OF ARTHRITIS, WEAR A CHARM BRACELET.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED THIS FROM A FRIEND OF HERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; COLLECTORS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 11-22-1963

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COUGH

A GOOD REMEDY FOR A COUGH IS TO MIX A LITTLE WHISKEY WITH
HONEY AND TAKE AS NEEDED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; COLLECTORS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 01-30-1971

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EARACHE

IF YOU HAVE AN EARACHE PUT GARLIC IN YOUR EAR
AND IT WILL DRAW OUT THE PAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS ; COLLECTORS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 09-17-1969

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FATIGUE

WHEN YOU ARE EXTREMELY TIRED YOU SHOULD SLEEP WITH YOUR
HEAD POINTING NORTH.
THAT WAY THE MAGNETIC RAYS OF THE EARTH WILL FLOW INTO YOUR
BLOODSTREAM AND YOU WILL BE REVITALIZED IN JUST A FEW HOURS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTORS HOME

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 02-13-1972

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HEADACHE

ONE TABLESPOON OF HONEY CURES A MIGRAINE HEADACHE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTORS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-23-1968

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HEADACHE

A CURE FOR A MIGRAINE HEADACHE IS TO DIP A PAPER BAG IN VINEGAR
AND WRAP IT AROUND YOUR HEAD, AND SHORTLY THE HEADACHE WILL GO AWAY.

Where learned: COLLECTORS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 11-16-1971

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HEADACHE

WHENEVER MY GRANDMOTHER HAD A HEADACHE WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG, SHE WOULD
PUT BROWN PAPER AND VINEGAR ON HER FOREHEAD AND TIE IT WITH A CLOTH.
THEN SHE WOULD REST FOR A WHILE.

Submitter comment: SHE HAD HEADACHES QUITE OFTEN AND SHE USED THIS REMEDY
EVERY TIME. SUPPOSEDLY IT WORKED.

Where learned: COLLECTORS HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 03-31-1971

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