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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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LEGEND OF BERNARDO CARPIO

THE STORY ABOUT HIM IS HE IS A MAN OF IMMENSE STRENGTH. HE
IS SUPPOSED TO LIVE IN THE MOUNTAINS. THERE WAS A TIME WHEN THERE
WAS AN EARTHQUAKE, AND ONE PATH WAS GOING CLOSE TO THE
VILLAGE. HE HELD HIS HANDS BETWEEN THE MOUNTAINS AND HELD THE
PATH OPEN UNTIL ALL THE PEOPLE COULD GET OUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MELVINDALE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Human Being
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails

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CEMETERY STATUE

THERE IS A CEMETERY IN WILMENDING, PENNSYLVANIA WITH A SIX
FOOT STATUE OF A GIRL DRESSED IN A LONG FLOWING ROBE.
SHE IS CARRYING AN ARMFUL OF BOOKS FOR SCHOOL. THE HISTORY OF
THIS FIGURE IS A STORY THAT GOES LIKE THIS: THE GIRL WAS
COMING HOME FROM SCHOOL WHEN SHE WAS ATTACKED AND RAPED
AND KILLED BY TWO HOODLUMS, ON THE DAY OF HER BIRTHDAY.
HER PARENTS HAD A STATUE MADE OF HER AT THE TIME SHE WAS
KILLED AND PLACED ON HER GRAVE. BECAUSE SHE WAS A VIRGIN AT
THE TIME OF DEATH, IT IS BELIEVED THAT ANYONE GOING TO THE
CEMETERY IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT, WHO DARES TO WALK THE LONELY
WALK UP TO THE STATUE, AND TOUCH IT, WILL DISCOVER IF THEY ARE
A VIRGIN. A VIRGIN WILL RECEIVE NO HARM FROM THE STATUE, BUT
A NON-VIRGIN WILL RECEIVE A CUT AND CONSEQUENTLY BLEED FROM
TOUCHING THE GARMENT OF
THE STATUE. IN ADDITION ON THE EVE OF HER BIRTHDAY, THE
STATUE IS BELIEVED TO COME ALIVE AND WALK THE CEMETERY LOOKING
FOR HER MURDERERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MELVINDALE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Use of Object
SPEECH -- Extra Corporal Means of Communication

Date learned: 10-15-1965

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BORROWING

IF YOU BORROW ANYTHING AT ALL FROM A WITCH THAT BELONGS
TO HIM PERSONALLY YOU CAN HOLD A SPELL OVER HIM BY KISSING
THE OBJECT AND SAYING THANK YOU THREE TIMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MELVINDALE

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBER

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: 09-00-1971

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SNEEZE

IF YOU SNEEZE AT THE TABLE ON SUNDAY MORNING THERE WILL BE A DEATH
BEFORE THE WEEK IS OUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MELVINDALE

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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SINGING

IF YOU GO TO BED SINGING YOU'LL WAKE UP CRYING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MELVINDALE

Keyword(s): CONTRAST

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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PROVERB

HE WHO SLEEPS ON THE FLOOR, HAS NO FEAR OF FALLING OUT OF BED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MELVINDALE

Subject headings: Favorites
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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CEMETERY STATUE

THERE IS A CEMETERY IN WILMERDING, PENNSYLVANIA WITH A SIX
FOOT STATUE OF A GIRL, DRESSED IN A FLOWING ROBE, CARRYING AN ARMFUL
OF SCHOOL BOOKS, PENCIL CASE, ETC.
THE HISTORY OF THE FIGURE IS AS FOLLOWS:
THE GIRL WAS COMING HOME FROM SCHOOL
ONE DAY WHEN SHE WAS ATTACKED, RAPED, AND KILLED BY TWO HOODLUMS,
ON THE DAY OF HER BIRTHDAY. HER PARENTS HAD A
STATUE MADE IN HER LIKENESS AT THE TIME SHE WAS KILLED, AND PLACED ON
HER GRAVE, WHICH IS ON A HILL OVERLOOKING
A LARGE PART OF THE CEMETERY.
BECAUSE SHE WAS A VIRGIN AT THE TIME OF DEATH, IT IS BELIEVED THAT
ANYONE GOING INTO THE CEMETERY AT THE DEAD OF NIGHT
AND WHO DARES TO WALK THE
LONELY WALK UP TO THE STATUE, AND TOUCH IT WILL DISCOVER WHETHER OR
NOT THEY ARE A VIRGIN. A VIRGIN WILL
RECEIVE NO HARM FROM THE STATUE,
BUT A NON-VIRGIN WILL RECEIVE A SMALL
CUT AND CONSEQUENTLY BLEED FROM TOUCHING THE GARMENT OF THE
STATUE. IN ADDITION, ON THE EVE OF HER BIRTHDAY, THE
STATUE IS BELIEVED TO COME ALIVE AND WALK THE CEMETERY LOOKING
FOR HER MURDERERS.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MELVINDALE

Keyword(s): CEMETERY ; GHOST ; Legend ; SUPERSTITION ; Urban Legend ; Virgin

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 10-15-1965

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BORROWING

IF YOU BORROW ANYTHING AT ALL FROM A WITCH THAT BELONGS
TO HIM PERSONALLY YOU CAN HOLD A SPELL OVER HIM BY KISSING
THE OBJECT AND SAYING "THANK YOU" THREE TIMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MELVINDALE

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: 09-00-1971

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STEP ON A CRACK AND YOU BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S BACK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MELVINDALE

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

Date learned: 10-02-1965

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO GET OUT OF BED WITH YOUR SHOES ON OR
TO WALK WITH ONLY ONE SHOE ON.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MELVINDALE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Furniture (bed, table, chair, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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TO REMOVE A WART TAKE A POTATO, CUT IN HALF, DURING THE
FULL MOON RUB IT ON THE WART, THEN BURY IT IN YOUR
BACKYARD IN A DEEP HOLE AND NEVER DIG IT UP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MELVINDALE

James Callow Keyword(s): PLUGGING TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 09-00-1971

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