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CUSTOM

SPINKLING HOLY WATER ALL OVER YOUR HOUSE DURING A STORM
TO PROTECT THE HOUSE AND THOSE INSIDE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS BELIEVED BY PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; TV STUDIO ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 09-22-1970

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CUSTOM

SPINKLE HOLY WATER ON ALL OF THE WINDOWS
DURING A STORM TO PROTECT THE HOUSE AND THOSE INSIDE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS DONE AT INFORMANTS HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; TV STUDIO ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 10-06-1970

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CUSTOM

THERE IS A LAW IN SICILY THAT PEOPLE POSSESSING THE EVIL EYE
CAN BE BROUGHT TO COURT AND FINED FOR DAMAGES IF IT CAN
BE PROVEN THAT THEY HAVE IT.

Submitter comment: KNOWN TRUE IN SICILY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; TV STUDIO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye

Date learned: 10-06-1970

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LEGEND

PEOPLE WHO PASS THE EVIL EYE IN SICILY ARE CONSIDERED TO BE
VERY DESTRUCTIVE WITH JUST ONE GLANCE.

Submitter comment: IN SICILY PEOPLE BELIEVE THIS VERY STRONGLY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; TV STUDIO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye

Date learned: 10-06-1970

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DRINK

IN GERMANY AT CHRISTMAS THEY MAKE A SPECIAL HOT AND VERY SPICY
RED WINE, MADE WITH CLOVE AND CINNAMON, AND HERBS--FOR THE
HOLIDAY SEASON.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT ACTUALLY HAD THIS AT A PRIVATE HOME IN GERMANY.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; TV STUDIO ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; DRINK ; Germany ; holiday

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Single dishes

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FOOD

AT CHRISTMAS, HIS MOTHER GETS A BREAD OF WAFFER
FORM AND MAKEUP - IT IS SOLD AT THE CHURCH
AND THIS IS SHARING BY THE FAMILY - PASSING IT AMONG
AND THIS IS SHARED EACH OTHER LUCK FOR THE COMING YEAR.

Submitter comment: THIS IS DONE AT THE INFORMANT'S HOME EVERY YEAR.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; TV STUDIO ; TOLD AT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Oplatki
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Church

Date learned: 09-24-1970

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CUSTOM

WHEN A BABY IS JUST BORN, CUT A SMALL PIECE OF THE UMBILICAL CORD
AND SAVE THIS, THIS WILL BRING THE BABY GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THIS IS DONE A GREAT DEAL IN LEBANON.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; TV STUDIO ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): CHARMS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 09-24-1970

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WHEN ERECTING A NEW BUILDING IN GERMANY, THEY PLACE A SPRIG
OF PINE OR SPRUCE, OR FIR TREE AT THE TOP OF THE POLE
AND IT STAYS THERE FOR ONE YEAR AFTER COMPLETION. THIS
IS FOR GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: HE ACTUALLY SAW THIS IN GERMANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; GERMANY ; DETROIT ; DEARBORN ; TV STUDIO

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Foundation rite Laying of cornerstone
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 09-28-1970

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TO GET RID OF THE EVIL EYE, PEOPLE WEAR A HORN OF AN
ANIMAL AROUND THEIR NECK.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT WORE A HORN AROUND HIS NECK UNTIL
HE WAS SIXTEEN YEARS OLD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; TV STUDIO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign Color

Date learned: 10-06-1970

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