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SPRAIN CURE

TO CLEAR UP A SPRAIN OR SWELLING, MY AUNT'S GRANDMOTHER
WOULD TAKE POKE BERRIES AND ALUM AND BOIL IT. THEN THIS
MIXTURE WOULD BE PLACED INTO A POULTICE AND PLACED ON THE
SPRAIN OR SWELLING.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MARTIN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00001937CA

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COLD CURE

FOR A COLD FLANNEL CLOTHES WOULD BE PLACED ON THE STOVE
AND ALLOWED TO BROWN. A TALLOW MADE FROM BEEF AND GOATS
WOULD BE MIXED WITH VASELINE, TURPENTINE, AND VICKS SALVE AND
THIS MIXTURE WOULD BE USED AS A RUBDOWN COMPOUND. THE
BROWNED FLANNEL SHEETS WOULD BE PLACED ON THE PERSON'S
CHEST AND THE PERSON WOULD BE WRAPPED TIGHTLY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MARTIN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00001937CA

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CONGESTION CURE1

TO BREAK UP CONGESTION I AM TOLD, A TEA MADE OF BOILED
HOG MIXED WITH HONEY WAS USED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MARTIN

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Brew of leaf, bark, root
BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00001940CA

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CONGESTION CURE 2

PIZZLE GREASE, WHICH IS MADE FROM THE MALE ORGANS OF A
HOG COOKED DOWN INTO GREASE AND THEN THE ORGANS STRAINED
FROM THE GREASE, WAS BOTTLED AND SOLD AS A CURE FOR A BAD
COLD AND PNEUMONIA.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MARTIN

James Callow Keyword(s): PIZZLE=ANIMAL PENIS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 00001940CA

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CONGESTION CURE 3

A CURE FOR CONGESTION TOLD TO ME BY MY AUNT, IS IN THE
FORM OF A TEA MADE FROM BOILED RHUBARB MIXED WITH SUGAR,
A BIT OF LEMON AND A DROP OF CAMPHORATED SPIRITS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MARTIN

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Brew of leaf, bark, root
BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 00001940CA

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FEVER RELIEF

IN ORDER TO BRING DOWN A PERSON'S FEVER WHEN IT WAS HIGH,
THE PERSON WAS BATHED IN A TUB THAT HAD A MIXTURE OF
WATER AND BAKING SODA IN IT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MARTIN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00001940CA

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I AM TOLD THAT, IN A CASE WHERE THE MOTHER IN A FAMILY
DIED AND THE FATHER IS UNABLE TO TAKE CARE OF THE
CHILDREN, ANOTHER FAMILY MEMBER WILL STEP IN AND TAKE
CARE OF THE CHILDREN AND RAISE THEM AS THEIR OWN.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MARTIN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F553

Date learned: 00001940CA

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WHEN MY AUNT WAS A LITTLE GIRL, HER AND MY MOTHER USE TO
PLAY A GAME CALLED SANCTIFIED CHURCH. THIS GAME HAD NO
RULES OR GOAL. IN THE GAME THE CHILDREN WOULD SIT UNDER A
TENT, MADE OF A GRASS SACK NAILED TO THE HOUSE WITH TWO
BROOMSTICKS STUCK TO THE OTHER END OF THE SACK AND
DRIVEN INTO THE GROUND, UNDER THIS TENT THE CHILDREN
WOULD SIT ON TIN DRUMS AND SING AND CLAP AS THEY SAW
OTHERS DO IN CHURCH.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MARTIN

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church

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PAPER DOLLS AND DOLL HOUSE

WHEN THEY WERE YOUNG, MY AUNT AND MOTHER USE TO PLAY
PAPER DOLLS. THEY WOULD LOOK THROUGH CATALOGUES AND CUT
OUT THE PICTURES OF PEOPLE AND FURNISHINGS. THEN THEY WOULD
TAKE A SHOE BOX AND MAKE A HOUSE OUT OF IT, BY TAKING
PICTURES OF RUGS, DRAPES AND WALLPAPER AND PASTING THEM
INSIDE OF THE BOX, WITH A PASTE MADE OF FLOUR AND WATER.
AND USING PENNEY MATCH BOXES THEY MADE BEDS AND COUCHES
AND THAT IS HOW THEY MADE A HOUSE TO PLAY DOLLS WITH.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MARTIN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Toy

Date learned: 00001947CA

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FAMILY LEGEND

MY AUNT TOLD ME THAT, WHEN SHE WAS A KID MY GRANDFATHER
(SOLOMAN MCDONALD) USE TO CATCH FISH BY WADING INTO THE
WATER IN WADING BOOTS AND CATCHING THE FISH WITH ONLY
HIS BARE HANDS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MARTIN

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Fish

Date learned: 00001947CA

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DIET

DOWN SOUTH PEOPLE USE TO EAT A DISH CALLED LIVER AND LITES.
THIS WAS A DISH THAT CONSISTED OF LIVER AND THE LUNGS OF SOME
ANIMAL. ANOTHER DISH THAT USE TO BE EATEN WAS CALVES BRAINS,
WITH A SIDE DISH OF HOT BISCUITS AND GRAVY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MARTIN

James Callow Keyword(s): CALVES' BRAINS ; LIGHTS=AN ANIMALS LUNGS

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food
Food Drink -- Kind of Food and Its Preparation
Food Drink -- Meat

Date learned: 00001947CA

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FAMILY FIRST

MY GRANDFATHER ON MY MOTHER'S SIDE (SOLOMAN MCDONALD)
WAS ONE OF THE FIRST BLACK MEN TO WORK FOR THE W.P.A.
BACK DURING THE ROOSEVELT ADMINISTRATION.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MARTIN

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- P443

Date learned: 00001947CA

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IT IS GOOD LUCK TO PUT SALT IN YOUR SHOES.

Submitter comment: THIS GOOD LUCK SUPERSTITION MEAN THAT IF YOU PLACE SALT
IN YOUR SHOES AND WALK IN THEM YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK ALL
THAT DAY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MARTIN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 00001947CA

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IF YOU BREAK A MIRROR, IT IS POSSIBLE TO WARD OFF THE BAD
LUCK THAT IT WILL BRING BY THROWING IT IMMEDIATELY INTO
RUNNING WATER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MARTIN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Running water
BELIEF -- Bad luck Mirror
BELIEF -- Conversions Mirror

Date learned: 00001947CA

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IF YOU ARE HIT BY A BROOM WHILE SOMEONE IS SWEEPING IT IS
BAD LUCK, BECAUSE YOU COULD GO TO JAIL IF HIT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MARTIN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Working
BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 00001947CA

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