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BELIEF-LEGEND-SECULAR HERO

THERE IS A LEGEND THAT FREDRICK BARBAROSSA, A GREAT FIGURE IN
GERMAN HISTORY, IS NOT REALLY DEAD BUT IS SIMPLY SLEEPING IN A
CAVE IN GERMANY, RESTING FROM HIS MANY VICTORIES, AND THAT WHEN
HE AWAKES HE WILL RETURN AND WIN GLORIOUS VICTORIES AGAIN FOR
GERMANY.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT IS AN AMERICAN WHOSE FATHER IS FROM GERMANY. HIS
FATHER, WHO TOLD HIM THE LEGEND ABOUT TEN YEARS AGO, CANNOT REMEM-
BER HOW MANY YEARS AGO HE HEARD IT IN GERMANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OWOSSO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Secular hero

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GERMAN WEDDING CUSTOM

ON THE EVE OF A GERMAN WEDDING (IN GERMANY) THE FRIENDS
OF THE GROOM STEAL THE BRIDE AWAY FROM HER HOUSE AND
THE GROOM MUST LOOK FOR HER TILL HE FINDS HER. USUALLY
HE IS EXPECTED TO FIND HER BEFORE MIDNIGHT. THE
CUSTOM IS MORE OF A TRADITIONAL PRACTICAL JOKE THAN A
SYMBOL.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED THIS CUSTOM FROM HIS GERMAN
PARENTS AS A YOUNG BOY IN OWOSSO, MICHIGAN WHICH IS
A STRONGLY GERMAN COMMUNITY. IT IS NOT DONE AS MUCH
HERE AS IT WAS IN GERMANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GERMANY ; OWOSSO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Before wedding

Date learned: 12-22-1963

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GERMAN WEDDING CUSTOM

MOTHER OF THE BRIDE IN TRADITIONAL GERMAN WEDDINGS
NEVER ATTENDED THE WEDDING AT THE CHURCH. SHE WAS
SUPPOSED TO BE HOME EITHER DOING THE COOKING OR
SUPERVISING THE PREPARATIONS FOR THE RECEPTION
AFTER THE WEDDING.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED OF THIS CUSTOM FROM HIS GERMAN
PARENTS AS A YOUNG BOY IN OWOSSO, MICHIGAN, WHICH IS
A STRONGLY GERMAN COMMUNITY. THIS CUSTOM IS NOT
GENERALLY PRACTICED IN AMERICA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OWOSSO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Ceremony

Date learned: 12-22-1963

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GERMAN WEDDING CUSTOM

THE WEDDING RINGS IN GERMAN MARRIAGES ARE PLAIN GOLD
BANDS, NEVER DIAMONDS. THEY ARE PLACED ON THE RIGHT
HAND INSTEAD OF THE LEFT AND IT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAT
THE MAN WEARS A RING THAN THE WOMAN.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED OF THIS CUSTOM FROM HIS GERMAN
PARENTS AS A YOUNG BOY IN OWOSSO, MICHIGAN, WHICH IS
A STRONGLY GERMAN COMMUNITY. THESE CUSTOMS WHICH ARE
ALMOST THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF AMERICAN ONES, ARE NOT
PRACTICED TO A GREAT EXTENT IN AMERICA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GERMANY ; OWOSSO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Worn on left hand

Date learned: 12-22-1963

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IF YOU DROP A SUGAR CUBE INTO HOT WATER, THE END THAT
DIPS IN FIRST IS POINTING IN THE DIRECTION THAT YOUR
TRUE LOVE LIVES.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS AN AMERICAN GIRL WHO WAS BROUGHT UP
IN A STRONGLY GERMAN COMMUNITY IN WHICH SHE FIRST
HEARD THIS PREDICTION ABOUT TWELVE YEARS AGO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OWOSSO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of object for determining true love P861.1

Date learned: 11-02-1963

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IF YOU STRIKE A MATCH, THE DIRECTION THAT THE FLAME
FIRST BLOWS IN IS THE DIRECTION THAT YOUR TRUE
LOVE LIVES IN.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT IS AN AMERICAN GIRL WHO WAS BROUGHT
UP IN A STRONGLY GERMAN COMMUNITY IN WHICH SHE
FIRST HEARD THIS PREDICTION ABOUT TWELVE YEARS AGO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OWOSSO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of object for determining true love P861.3

Date learned: 11-02-1963

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