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POLISH LEGEND

THE DAUGHTER OF PRINCE CRACOW, WANDA, THREW HERSELF INTO THE
VISTULA, PREFERRING TO DROWN RATHER THAN MARRY THE GERMAN PRINCE
RUDIGER. AS THE PEOPLE MOURNED THEIR PRINCESS, RUDIGER, DEPRIVED
OF HIS COVETED PRIZE, TURNED HIS ARMY FROM THE CITY. THUS CRACOW
WAS SAVED FROM THE GERMANS BY WANDA'S SACRIFICE, AND THE STORY OF
HER HEROISM HAS LIVED THROUGH THE AGES. THERE IS STILL A FOLK
SONG SUNG ABOUT HER:
WANDA IN POLISH EARTH LIES DEAD,
WHO WOULD NOT A GERMAN WED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE FARMS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Secular hero

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IF IT RAINED WHEN A PERSON DIED, IT MEANT THAT THE ANGELS WERE
CRYING FOR HIM AND HE WENT TO HEAVEN.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD TO INFORMANT WHEN HE WAS 10 YEARS OLD, BY HIS
PARENTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE FARMS

James Callow Keyword(s): TEARS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Angel
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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OMEN

IF YOU WALK INTO A FRIEND'S OR RELATIVE'S HOME AND IT'S DINNERTIME,
THAT MEANS THAT YOUR MOTHER_IN_LAW LOVES YOU.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER TOLD HIM THIS WHEN HE WAS ABOUT 15, HIS MOTHER
IS A LEBANESE-AMERICAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE FARMS

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-03-1971

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IF IT RAINED WHEN A PERSON DIED, IT MEANT THAT THE ANGELS
WERE CRYING FOR HIM AND HE WENT TO HEAVEN.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD TO THE INFORMANT WHEN HE WAS TEN YEARS OLD BY
HIS PARENTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE FARMS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 10-03-1971

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LEGEND

LONG AGO, IN A CAVE IN A HIGH ROCKY HILL RUNNING ABOVE THE RIVER
VISTULA, A GREAT AND TERRIBLE DRAGON LIVED WHOSE FIERY BREATH GUSHED
FORTH LIKE A FOUNTAIN OF HISSING STEAM FROM HIS WIDE NOSTRILS, AND
WHO UTTERED MONSTROUS, UNEARTHLY SOUNDS, UNLIKE THOSE OF ANY BEAST
OF THE FOREST.
MANY BRAVE KNIGHTS HAD BEEN SENT TO SLAY THE DRAGON, BUT ALL
HAD PERISHED IN THE ATTEMPT.
PRINCE CRACUS WAS BRAVE AND KIND. HE KILLED A FAT SHEEP, FILLED
IT WITH SULPHUR. THE DRAGON ATE THE BAIT, DRANK HALF A RIVER AND
EXPLODED. THE CITY OF CRACOW WAS FOUNDED WHERE THE DRAGON EXPLODED.
THE PRINCE ERECTED A FORTRESS ON THE DRAGON'S HILL, WHERE AFTERWARDS
WAWEL CASTLE WAS BUILT, THE HOME OF THE KING OF POLAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE FARMS

Keyword(s): LOCAL LEGEND: POLAND ; SUPERNATURAL LEGEND

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Secular hero

Date learned: 10-02-1968

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If you make a strange face and someone hits you on the back,
your face will stay in that position forever.

Submitter comment: This saying is popular among grade school age children.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE FARMS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Measure of time
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 00-00-1985

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IT WAS A GAME IN GROSSE POINTE FARMS FOR A FEW YOUNG
BOYS (ABOUT AGE 10) TO GO INTO A FRIEND'S BASEMENT
AND WITH THE LIGHTS OFF, THROW BOXING GLOVES AT
EACH OTHER.

Submitter comment: MIKE HADN'T THOUGHT OF THIS FOR A LONG TIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; GROSSE POINTE FARMS

Keyword(s): SPARRING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 10-10-1971

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IF IT RAINED WHEN A PERSON DIED, IT MEANT THAT THE
ANGELS WERE CRYING FOR HIM AND HE WENT TO HEAVEN.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD TO THE INFORMANT WHEN HE WAS TEN YEARS
OLD BY HIS PARENTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE FARMS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-03-1971

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