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CUSTOM

TO SHOW RESPECT FOR THE DEAD, STOP THE CLOCKS AND COVER THE
MIRRORS AT THE TIME OF THE DEATH.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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BELIEF

TALK TO A "GRANDDADDY" (SPIDER). SAY, "GRANDDADDY, GRANDDADDY,
WHICH AWAY'S THE COWS?" HE WILL POINT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

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

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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BELIEF

YOU CAN CALL A DOODLEBUG OUT OF THE GROUND BY LEANING OVER HIS
HOLE (WHICH LOOKS SOMETHING LIKE AN ANTHILL WITH A HOLE IN THE
MIDDLE) AND CHANTING, "DOODLEBUG, DOODLEBUG, COME HOME. THE
HOUSE HAS BURNED DOWN, THE CHILDREN ALL GONE. DODDLEBUG COME
HOME."

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

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

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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BELIEF

WHEN YOU SEE A REDBIRD, YOU SHOULD THROW IT A KISS AND MAKE A
WISH. THE WISH WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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CURE FOR COUGH

TWO CUPS OF WHISKEY, A CUP OF HONEY, AND TWO OUNCES OF PAREGORIC
BOILED TOGETHER MAKE AN EXCELLENT COUGH SYRUP.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Medicine

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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CURE FOR STOMACHACHE

BRING MILK TO A SIMMER, ADD ONE TEASPOON OF NUTMEG AND ENOUGH
SUGAR TO FLAVOR. DRINK AS HOT AS YOU CAN STAND IT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Medicine

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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CURE FOR COUGH

DISSOLVE ROCK CANDY IN WHISKEY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Medicine

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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CURE FOR COLITIS

BOIL DOWN ROOTS OF GOLDENROD TO MAKE A TEA.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Medicine

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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PREVENTIVE

TOUCHING YOUR TONGUE TO TURPENTINE WILL WARD OFF ANY COMMUNICABLE
DISEASE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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CURE

CHEW CALAMUS ROOT FOR UPSET STOMACH OR INDIGESTION.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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CURE FOR HICCUPS

DRINK NINE SWALLOWS OF WATER WITHOUT GETTING YOUR BREATH.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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CURE FOR COLITIS

BURN A LIMB FROM A WILLOW TREE AND EAT A PIECE OF THE WILLOW
CHARCOAL.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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REMEDY

POUR COAL OIL OVER A TEASPOON OF SUGAR AND ADD A DROP OR TWO OF
TURPENTINE. TAKE FOR A COUGH.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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CURE FOR CHEST COLD

TURPENTINE, COAL OIL, AND LARD ON A WOOL OR FLANNEL CLOTH, HEATED
AND PLACED ON THE CHEST WILL CURE COLDS, PNEUMONIA, BRONCHITIS,
ETC. THE LARD IS TO KEEP IT FROM BLISTERING.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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CURE

BOIL DOWN HICKORY BARK AND MULLEIN WITH SUGAR TO MAKE COUGH SYRUP.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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REMEDY

STRIP THE BARK FROM WHITE MULBERRY AND BOIL IT FOR A PURGATIVE.
IF THE BARK IS STRIPPED UP, IT WIL CAUSE VOMITING. IF THE BARK
IS STRIPPED DOWN, IT ACTS AS A LAXATIVE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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CURE FOR BEE STING

A WOOD OF CHEWING TOBACCO , CHEWED OR WET, PLACED ON A WASP OR
BEE STING, WILL DRAW THE POISON OUT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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TREATMENT

FOR TONSILLITIS, PAINT THE TONSILS WITH IODINE, USING THE TIP OF
A CHICKEN FEATHER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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WART CURE

STICK A THORN IN A WART AND STICK THE THORN IN THE GROUND. NEVER
GO BACK TO IT AND NEVER TELL ANYONE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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BELIEF (COURTSHIP)

COUNT THE SEEDS IN AN APPLE CORE TO SEE IF A CERTAIN PERSON LOVES
YOU. THE RHYME:
ONE I LOVE,
TWO I LOVE,
THREE I LOVE, I SAY
FOUR I LOVE WITH ALL MY HEART,
FIVE HE CASTS AWAY,
SIX SHE LOVES,
SEVEN HE LOVES,
EIGHT, BOTH LOVE,
NINE HE COMES,
TEN HE TARRIES,
ELEVEN THEY COUNT,
AND TWELVE, THEY MARRY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEWISBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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