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GREETING CUSTOMS

THE ANAHUATL INDIAN GREETS PEOPLE BY RUBBING HIS PALM AGAINST THE
PALM OF THE PERSON HE IS GREETING. TO ATTEMPT TO HOLD THE HAND IN A
WESTERN HANDSHAKE IS A THREATENING GESTURE.

Where learned: MEXICO ; COXCATLAN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00-00-1977

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EVIL EYE SYNDROME

THE ANAHUATL INDIAN MAKES A NECKLACE OF BEADS, A B1LL OF YARN, AND
A RELIGIOUS (CATHOLIC) MEDAL TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM THE EVIL EYE

Where learned: MEXICO ; COXCATLAN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Curse
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1977

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LAS MANANITAS

ON A PERSON'S BIRTHDAY, USUALLY A PERSON OF IMPORTANCE IN THE TOWN,
PEOPLE OF THE TOWN AWAKEN THIS PERSON WITH THE TRADITIONAL SONG,
"LAS MANANITAS". WHEN THE PERSON AWAKES, HE/SHE INVITES THE SINGERS
INSIDE FOR CAKE AND DRINK. THERE IS USUALLY A CELEBRATION IN THE
TOWN SQUARE LATER IN THE DAY.

Submitter comment: THIS SONG IS CURRENTLY USED AS THE FIRST SONG IN ANY SERENADE, A
RITUAL FOR WAKING SOMEONE UP.

Where learned: MEXICO ; COXCATLAN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Serenade Charivari
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary

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