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ANCIENT BURIAL CUSTOM IN IRELAND: BODIES WERE PUT STANDING
UPRIGHT FOR A QUICK EXIT AT THE LAST DAY. IF THEY WERE
WARRIORS THEY HELD THEIR SPEARS IN THEIR HANDS AND
(WERE) BURIED FACING THE ENEMY TERRITORY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; IRELAND ; BISHOP BORGESS HIGH SCHOOL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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IN ANCIENT CELTIC LORE THEY HAD GREAT RESPECT FOR SPIRITS.
CLEAN WATER WOULD BE LEFT AT NIGHT FOR THE FAIRIES TO WASH.
IF A WOMAN OF THE HOUSE WAS THROWING OUT DIRTY WATER, SHE
WOULD SAY, "FAG A BEALAC, UESGE SALAC," WHICH MEANT--"LEAVE
THE WAY, DIRTY WATER!" AS A WARNING TO THE SPIRITS NOT TO GET
HIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BISHOP BORGESS HIGH SCHOOL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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IN ANCIENT CELTIC LORE THEY HAD GREAT RESPECT FOR SPIRITS.
CLEAN WATER WOULD BE LEFT AT NIGHT FOR THE FAIRIES TO WASH.
IF A WOMAN OF THE HOUSE WAS THROWING OUT DIRTY WATER, SHE
WOULD SAY, "FAG A BEALAC, UESGE SALAC," WHICH MEANT--"LEAVE
THE WAY, DIRTY WATER!" AS A WARNING TO THE SPIRITS NOT TO GET
HIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BISHOP BORGESS HIGH SCHOOL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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