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THE DEVIL AND THE MISER

A RICH, GREEDY, OLD MISER AGREED TO SELL
HIS SOUL TO THE DEVIL IF THE DEVIL WOULD
FILL HIS BOOT WITH GOLD. HE PUT A HOLE
IN THE FLOOR BY THE FIRE PLACE. SO THE
NEXT MORNING HIS WHOLE BASEMENT WAS FULL
OF GOLD. THE MAN DIED EARLY AND WENT
TO HELL.

Where learned: NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; VANDERBILT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon

Date learned: 08-10-1968

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HORSE HAIR IN WATER TURNS TO SNAKES.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY ; VANDERBILT ; RAND HALL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 08-09-1968

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ON THE WITCHES' SABBATH EVERY ONE HUNDRED YEARS, THE
DEAD WILL WALK THE EARTH FOR ONE NIGHT. SHE SAID THAT
IT DEPENDED ON THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE STARS AND THE
FULL MOON FOR THE DAY TO BE DETERMINED, PREFERABLY ON
A SUNDAY. SHE REMEMBERED LEARNING ABOUT IT FROM HER
PARENTS WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD---THEY CAME FROM A VERY
SUPERSTITIOUS PART OF ITALY.

Submitter comment:

Micheline Caputo - deceased Grandmother. Housewife, Italian.
 I heard these things from my grandmother throughout most of my young adult life. She was a fantastic storyteller, and was a storehouse of all kinds of information.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ITALY ; VANDERBILT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Festival
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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THE INFORMANT USED TO LIVE NEAR SOME COKE OVENS IN
VANDERBILT -- POPULATION 200. SHE SAID THAT ONCE SHE SAW
A MAN FALL INTO THE OVENS AND HE WAS BURIED ALIVE. ON
EACH NIGHT AFTERWARDS HE COULD BE SEEN WALKING THE AREA
OF THE OVENS, THEN AS SUDDENLY AS IT BEGAN IT STOPPED.
SHE NEVER SAW IT AGAIN.

Submitter comment:

Micheline Caputo - deceased Grandmother. Housewife, Italian.
 I heard these things from my grandmother throughout most of my young adult life. She was a fantastic storyteller, and was a storehouse of all kinds of information.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; VANDERBILT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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PUT A PIECE OF FRESHLY CUT POTATO ON A WART AND RUB IT, THEN
THROW IT AWAY AND DON'T WATCH WHERE IT GOES. AS THE POTATO
ROTS, THE WART WILL GO AWAY.

Submitter comment:

Micheline Caputo - deceased Grandmother. Housewife, Italian.
 I heard these things from my grandmother throughout most of my young adult life. She was a fantastic storyteller, and was a storehouse of all kinds of information.

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Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; VANDERBILT

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER

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

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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