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PARENTAL WEDDING BLESSING

BEFORE THE BRIDAL COUPLE GO TO CHURCH FOR THE CEREMONY,
THEY RECEIVE A PARENTAL BLESSING. THE BRIDE'S PARENTS ARE
SEATED HOLDING AN ICON OF OUR LADY. THE COUPLE KNEEL
BEFORE THEM. THEY ASK FOR THEIR BLESSING. THE PARENTS HOLD
UP THE ICON AND BLESS THEM SAYING, "MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND
WE GIVE OUR BLESSING TOO." THE BRIDE AND GROOM KISS THE
ICON AND HER PARENTS. THE SAME CEREMONY IS REPEATED BEFORE
THE GROOM'S PARENTS WHO ARE HOLDING THE ICON OF CHRIST.
IN CASE A PARENT IS DECEASED, A CHAIR IS LEFT EMPTY. THEY
ACKNOWLEDGE THE DECEASED PARENT.

Submitter comment: THESE ICONS ARE GIVEN TO THE COUPLE FOR THEIR HOME.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PHILADELPHIA

Keyword(s): SYMBOL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Parents' blessing

Date learned: 00001950S

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NO BUILDING CAN BE BUILT HIGHER THAN WILLIAM PENN'S HAT ON
TOP OF CITY HALL.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PHILADELPHIA

James Callow Keyword(s): HEIGHT OF BUILDING ; STATUE OF WILLIAM PENN

Subject headings: Favorites
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Architecture
BELIEF -- Secular hero

Date learned: 11-30-1972

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SAYING

SOMEONE WHO IS REAL BITCHY;: YOU ASK THEM IF THEY HAVE A BUG
UP THEIR ASS

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PHILADELPHIA

James Callow Keyword(s): IRRITABLE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
Filter - Mature Content

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CLIMBING

WHEN CLIMBING THE LADDER TO SUCCESS,/ DON'T LET THE BOYS LOOK
UNDER YOUR DRESS.

Submitter comment: SHE REMEMBERED THIS ITEM FROM TIMES WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG. BUT
IT WAS TOLD TO HER BY HER MOTHER AND NEIGHBORS USUALLY BY WORD
OF MOUTH. HER MOTHER AS WELL AS HER MOTHER'S MOTHER BELIEVED
THAT OLD SAYINGS ARE WORTH REMEMBERING. THE INFORMANT REGARDS
THIS FOLK ITEM AS A PIECE OF GOLD FOR A GUIDE LINE OF LIFE'S
EXPERIENCE.
SHE LEARNED THIS ITEM IN RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; VIRGINIA ; PHILADELPHIA ; RICHMOND

James Callow Keyword(s): METAPHOR

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

Date learned: 00-00-1935

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LIFE

DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME BECAUSE THIS IS THE BASIC ELEMENT OF
LIFE, AS YOU KNOW LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT, IF YOU
WASTE ALL YOUR TIME, THINK...WHAT YOU HAVE GAINED IN LIFE.

Submitter comment: SHE REMEMBERED THIS ITEM FROM TIMES WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG. BUT
IT WAS TOLD TO HER FROM HER MOTHER AND NEIGHBORS USUALLY BY WORD
OF MOUTH. HER MOTHER AS WELL AS HER MOTHER'S MOTHER BELIEVED
THAT OLD SAYINGS ARE WORTH REMEMBERING. THE INFORMANT REGARDS
THIS FOLK ITEM AS A PIECE OF GOLD FOR A GUIDE LINE OF LIFE'S
EXPERIENCE.
SHE LEARNED THIS ITEM IN RICHMOND, VIRGINIA
THIS IS A SAYING CONCERNING THE IMPORTANCE OF TIME.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; VIRGINIA ; PHILADELPHIA ; RICHMOND

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1935

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THE MILK SNAKE

THE MILK SNAKE CRAWLS INTO A FARMER'S BARN AT NIGHT AND SUCKS ALL
OR NEARLY ALL OF THE MILK FROM THE COW BEFORE THE FARMER COMES
TO DO THE MILKING.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS LEARNED IN MY EARLY ADOLESCENT STAGE IN MY HOME TOWN.
THIS WAS SOMETHING LEARNED IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD WITH MY PLAY MATES.
THIS TALE IS A VERY SHORT VERSION OF AN ANECDOTE.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PHILADELPHIA

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Animal
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: CA06171966

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SEE AND TALK

QUESTION: WHAT IS IT, ALL HAVE BODIES, SOME LONG LEGS, MOST
CAN'T TALK, CAN'T WALK, CAN'T HEAR, HAS A FACE THAT WILL TRULY
CATCH A GLIMPSE.
ANSWER: TV OR TV(S).

Submitter comment: THIS WAS LEARNED IN MY EARLY ADOLESCENT STAGE IN MY HOME TOWN.
THIS IS SOMETHING LEARNED IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD WITH MY PLAY MATES.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PHILADELPHIA

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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SPEED PLUS ACCURACY

QUESTION: WHAT CAN KILL YOU FASTER THAN A TRAVELING
BULLET?
ANSWER: YOUR HEART.

Submitter comment: SHE REMEMBERED THIS ITEM FROM TIMES WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG. BUT
IT WAS TOLD TO HER FROM HER MOTHER AND NEIGHBORS USUALLY BY WORD
OF MOUTH. HER MOTHER AS WELL AS HER MOTHER'S MOTHER BELIEVED
THAT OLD SAYINGS ARE WORTH REMEMBERING. THE INFORMANT REGARDS
THIS FOLK ITEM AS A PIECE OF GOLD FOR A GUIDE LINE OF LIFE'S
EXPERIENCE.
SHE LEARNED THIS ITEM IN RICHMOND, VIRGINIA
THIS ITEM IS A QUESTIONING RIDDLE.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; VIRGINIA ; PHILADELPHIA ; RICHMOND

Subject headings: --

Date learned: 00-00-1935

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HAS A TONGUE BUT CAN'T DRINK

QUESTION: WHAT HAS A TONGUE AND GOES TO THE WATER AND STILL
CAN'T DRINK?
ANSWER: A SHOE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS LEARNED IN MY EARLY ADOLESCENT STAGE IN MY HOME TOWN.
THIS IS SOMETHING LEARNED IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD WITH MY PLAY MATES.
THIS IS A RIDDLING QUESTION WITH A NON-PREDICTABLE ANSWER.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PHILADELPHIA

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: CA06171966

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ROPE-JUMPING

YELLOW, YELLOW, THAT UGLY FELLOW
HOW MANY TIMES DID HE FALL DOWN IN THE MEADOW.
THEN YOU START JUMPING ROPE FROM NUMBER ONE, UNTIL YOU STOP.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS LEARNED IN MY EARLY ADOLESCENT STAGE IN MY HOME TOWN.
THIS WAS SOMETHING LEARNED IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD WITH MY PLAY MATES.
THIS IS A TRUE GAME INVOLVING MUCH PHYSICAL ACTION AND COMPETITION.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PHILADELPHIA

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

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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GREETINGS

SOME OF THE WAYS OF GREETING OTHER FOLKS, WHILE PASSING ARE:
WHAT IT IS: OK...WHAT'S THE DEAL: YOU MIGHT REPLY..AIN'T NO
HAPPENINGS: YOU: OR NOTHING TO IT MAN (IF IT IS A MALE).

Submitter comment: THIS WAS LEARNED IN MY EARLY ADOLESCENT STAGE IN MY HOME TOWN.
THIS WAS SOMETHING LEARNED IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD WITH MY PLAY MATES.
THESE ARE GREETINGS WHICH ARE NORMALLY SAID AMONG THE
YOUNG BLACK FOLK.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PHILADELPHIA

James Callow Keyword(s): NEGRO

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: CA06171966

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GOOD LUCK

IF YOU STUMPLE ON YOUR FOOT, OR IT MAY ITCH, THAT'S A
SIGN FOR GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: SHE REMEMBERED THIS ITEM FROM TIMES WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG. BUT
IT WAS TOLD TO HER FROM HER MOTHER AND NEIGHBORS USUALLY BY WORD
OF MOUTH. HER MOTHER AS WELL AS HER MOTHER'S MOTHER BELIEVED
THAT OLD SAYINGS ARE WORTH REMEMBERING. THE INFORMANT REGARDS
THIS FOLK ITEM AS A PIECE OF GOLD FOR A GUIDE LINE OF LIFE'S
EXPERIENCE.
SHE LEARNED THIS ITEM IN RICHMOND, VIRGINIA
THIS IS A SUPERSTITIOUS BELIEF.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; VIRGINIA ; PHILADELPHIA ; RICHMOND

James Callow Keyword(s): STUMBLE?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.2

Date learned: 00-00-1935

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GRAVE POINTER

IF YOU POINT YOUR FINGER AT A GRAVE THAT'S A SIGN OF BAD
LUCK OR YOUR FINGER WILL ROT OFF.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS LEARNED IN MY EARLY ADOLESCENT STAGE IN MY HOME TOWN.
THIS WAS SOMETHING LEARNED IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD WITH MY PLAY MATES.
THIS SUPERSTITIOUS BELIEF IS CONNECTED WITH GESTURE OF A FINGER
AND AN OBJECT. IT HAS AN AIR OF SYMPATHETIC MAGIC.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PHILADELPHIA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Bad luck
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: CA06171966

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RABBIT'S FOOT---RETORT

WHEN SOMEONE COMES UP TO YOU AND SAY "HERE IS A RABBIT
FOOT, TAKE IT FOR GOOD LUCK," YOU TELL THEM "HOW IT COULD
BE FOR GOOD LUCK, WHEN THE RABBIT HAS LOST HIS FOOT."

Submitter comment: SHE REMEMBERED THIS ITEM FROM TIMES WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG. BUT
IT WAS TOLD TO HER FROM HER MOTHER AND NEIGHBORS USUALLY BY WORD
OF MOUTH. HER MOTHER AS WELL AS HER MOTHER'S MOTHER BELIEVED
THAT OLD SAYINGS ARE WORTH REMEMBERING. THE INFORMANT REGARDS
THIS FOLK ITEM AS A PIECE OF GOLD FOR A GUIDE LINE OF LIFE'S
EXPERIENCE.
SHE LEARNED THIS ITEM IN RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; VIRGINIA ; PHILADELPHIA ; RICHMOND

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck P881.16
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.16
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 00-00-1935

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