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CURSE

IF YOU WANT SOME KIND OF MISFORTUNE TO
HAPPEN ON A PERSON YOU WRITE THE CURSE ON A
YELLOW PIECE OF PAPER AND YOU BURN IT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS SUPERSTITION IN TAIWAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 02-12-1971

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GOOD LUCK BELIEF

IF A CHILDS TOOTH HAS JUST BEEN TAKEN OUT
HE WILL IMMEDIATELY GET ON TOP OF THE ROOF
FOR GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS IN THAILAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 02-12-1971

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NEW YEAR'S CUSTOMS AND CELEBRATIONS

SEVERAL DAYS BEFORE THE NEW YEAR THE CHINESE WILL
PREPARE A PASTRY. THIS IS PREPARED BY THE METHOD OF
STEMMING. IF CHILDREN ASK IF THE PASTRY IS DONE
BEFORE IT IS FULLY COOKED, THE PEOPLE BELIEVE
THAT THE PASTRY WILL NEVER BE FULLY COOKED.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS IN TAIWAN.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; SPEECH TABU ; STEAMING FOOD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Winter
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert

Date learned: 02-02-1971

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PEOPLE IN TAIWAN DRESS IN WHITE FOR FUNERALS AND
BLACK IS CUSTOMARY FOR THE NORTHERN PROVINCE OF
CHINA.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HIS OWN VILLAGE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 02-12-1971

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A GAME IN TAIWAN WHICH IS SIMILAR TO THE GAME PLAYED IN
THE STATES, MUSICAL CHAIRS. SIX CHILDREN ARE PLAYING
TOGETHER AND SIT IN A CIRCLE. ONE PERSON IS CHOSEN
TO BE THE GHOST. THIS PERSON SINGS A SONG (SIMPLE
CHILDREN'S SONG) AND WHEN HE STOPS SINGING THE PERSON
TO WHOM HE IS CLOSEST IS THE GHOST.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS GAME IN TAIWAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; TAIWAN ; LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching

Date learned: 02-12-1971

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