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KRAKOWIAK (POLISH DANCE)

LIKE THE AMERICAN SQUARE DANCE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; NOT GIVEN ; HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; LETTER ; OHIO ; NEW JERSEY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; GROSSE POINTE ; HARPER WOODS ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; WARREN ; JAPAN ; RUSSIA ; GRAND RAPIDS ; SHIPLE HALL ; GARDEN CITY ; ROYAL OAK ; TOLEDO ; TRENTON ; FARMINGTON ; KALAMAZOO ; CANADA ; ONTARIO ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT ; MAIL ; INDIANA ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; TOLD AT HOME ; FERNDALE ; SOUTHFIELD ; TENNESSEE ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL ; HAMTRAMCK ; DEARBORN ; MINNESOTA ; ILLINOIS ; NEW YORK ; FLORIDA ; KOREA ; WISCONSIN ; NEW HAMPSHIRE ; STUDENT UNION ; READING ; AUSTRALIA ; Sylvania ; Sterling Heights ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; OAK PARK ; SOUTHGATE ; STURGEON LAKE ; REDFORD ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA ; ROSEVILLE ; LINCOLN PARK ; TRAVERSE CITY ; HUNTINGTON WOODS ; PONTIAC ; TROY ; PORT CHESTER ; SOUTH AMERICA ; BROOKVILLE ; MONTREAL ; SEOUL ; NORTH OLMSTED ; EASTOWN THEATER ; ERIE ; University of Notre Dame ; FRANKLINVILLE ; TORONTO ; TOLD AT ; TOLD BY ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON ; MONROE ; GLENVIEW ; MOSCOW ; GULLEY ; FINLAND ; HARBOR BEACH ; HOUGHTON LAKE ; Hudson Lake ; INDIANAPOLIS ; JONESBORO ; KANSASVILLE ; LEXINGTON ; MASSILLON ; MAUCH CHUNK ; MELVINDALE ; MILFORD ; NEW ROCHELLE ; NIAGARA FALLS ; PANAMA CITY ; PATAGONIA ; ARGENTINA ; RESIDENCE HALL ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES ; TOLD AT HONORS HOUSE ; AMERICAN HISTORY CLASS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dance

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MOON BABIES

IT IS KNOWN THAT MOST BABIES ARE BORN WHEN THERE IS A FULL MOON
OUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; MONROE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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VOLKSWAGONS

IT IS BELIEVED THAT IF ONE SEES TEN RED VOLKSWAGONS IN A ROW
IN ONE PERIOD OF TIME, THAT THE NEXT BOY THAT THEY (SHE) WILL
SEE, SHE WILL MARRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 02-00-1972

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CUSTOM

A SWEDISH SMORGASBORD IS APPETIZERS EATEN BEFORE A MEAL. THE
APPETIZERS CONSIST OF BREAD AND BUTTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Keyword(s): FOOD

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Noon mealsDinnerLunch

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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MOON BABIES

IT IS KNOWN THAT MOST BABIES ARE BORN WHEN THERE IS A FULL MOON
OUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 03-00-1972

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OOGIE GOOIE

HE SAT UPON A RAILROAD TRACK, A TRAIN HE DID NOT SEE.
OOGIE GOOIE}

Submitter comment: NOT SUNG, BUT SING - SONGEY VERSE

Where learned: TOLD IN ; MONROE

Keyword(s): INDIRECTION EUPHEMISM ; RHYME: AAA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse

Date learned: 02-00-1972

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OLD LADY WITCH

OLD LADY WITCH, SHE FELL IN A DITCH,
SHE FOUND HER A PENNY, AND THOUGHT SHE WAS RICH.
THE OLD LADY WITCH FOUNDED THE PENNY IN THE DITCH,
BUT SHE NEVER, NEVER, BECAME RICH.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; MONROE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse

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IF YOU LOOK OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER WHILE IT'S RAINING
YOU WILL SEE A DEAD PERSON.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; MONROE

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

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BELIEF

DON'T LET A BABY LOOK IN A MIRROR BEFORE IT'S ONE YEAR OLD, BECAUSE
IT WILL DIE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THIS WAS AN ENGLISH SUPERSTITION

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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BAD LUCK

DON'T BUY A BROOM IN AUGUST BECAUSE ITS BAD LUCK

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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EASTER CUSTOM

A FEW DAYS BEFORE EASTER MY MOTHER WOULD TAKE A BASKET OF FOOD TO THE
PRIEST TO BE BLESSED. THIS WAS FOR GOOD HEALTH IN THE COMING YEAR.

Submitter comment: THE BASKET OF FOOD CONSISTED OF THE MAIN FOODS THE FAMILY ATE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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EASTER CUSTOM

AT EASTER EVERYBODY AT THE DINNER TAKES A BITE OF THE SAME EGG.
THIS IS SO EVERYBODY WILL GET ALONG DURING THE NEXT YEAR.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S FAMILY DID THIS WHEN SHE WAS SMALL

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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WEDDING CUSTOM

AT A POLISH WEDDING THE BRIDE IS TAKEN TO THE CHURCH BY THE ENTIRE
WEDDING PARTY AND THE BAND

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WITNESSED THIS AT THE WEDDING OF A NIECE 2 YEARS AGO

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Morning before wedding

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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BELIEF

IN A JEWISH HOME IF A GENTILE EATS FROM ONE OF THEIR PLATES THE
PLATES ARE BURIED TO PURIFY THEM AGAIN

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WITNESSED THIS 20 YEARS AGO

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration Food container

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

AT CHRISTMAS A SPECIAL WAFER WITH A HOLY PICTURE ON IT WAS PASSED
AROUND THE DINNER TABLE AND EVERYONE TOOK A BITE. IT WOULD BRING
GOD'S BLESSING ON EVERYONE

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S FAMILY DID THIS WHEN SHE WAS SMALL

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

James Callow Keyword(s): OPLATKI

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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WHEN SOMEONE IN A JEWISH FAMILY DIES ALL THE MIRRORS ARE COVERED
UNTIL THE PERSON IS BURIED

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WITNESSED THIS CUSTOM ABOUT 25 YRS AGO

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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BELIEF

ON NEW YEAR'S EVE MOLTEN LEAD IS POURED INTO COLD WATER. THE LEAD
FORMS DIFFERENT SHAPES AND THEN THE FUTURE FOR THE NEW YEAR IS
READ FROM THESE SHAPES.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S HUSBAND DID THIS IN FINLAND, ALSO DID THIS IN MONROE
WITH MAXINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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GOOD LUCK

HERRING IS ALWAYS EATEN ON NEW YEAR'S EVE FOR GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S HUSBAND DOES THIS EVERY NEW YEAR'S EVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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DU DU LIEGST MIR MIM HERZEN
DU DU LIEGST MIR MIM SINN
JA JA MACHST MIR VIEL SCHMERZEN
WEISST NICHT WIE GUT ICH DIR BIN.
JA JA JA JA
JA JA JA JA
WEISST NICHT WIE GUT ICH DIR BIN.
YOU ARE IN MY HEART
YOU ARE IN MY MIND
YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO MAKE ME FEEL SAD.
YOU DON'T KNOW HOW WONDERFUL I THINK YOU ARE.
YES YES YES YES
YES YES YES YES
YOU DON'T KNOW HOW WONDERFUL I THINK YOU ARE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THIS SONG WAS SUNG IN GERMAN BEER HALLS, WHILE EVERY
ONE HAS THEIR ARMS HOOKED TOGETHER AND SWAY BACK AND FORTH TO THE
MUSIC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Love
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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CUSTOM

A SWEDISH SMORGASBORD IS TIZERS EATEN BEFORE A MEAL. THE APPE
APPETIZERS CONSIST OF BREAD AND BUTTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Noon mealsDinnerLunch

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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