RE:SEARCH logo
University of Detroit Mercy Libraries / Instructional Design Studio
UDM HOME KNOWLEDGE [BLACKBOARD] TITAN CONNECT QUICK LINKS
RESEARCH HOME / FIND / SPECIAL COLLECTIONS / THE JAMES T. CALLOW FOLKLORE ARCHIVE /
James Callow Folklore Archive

Collection Home

About Dr. James T. Callow

Dr. James T. Callow publications

Collectors

Browse by

Subject heading

Keyword

Location

Questions or comments on this site? Please email davidsor@udmercy.edu.

The James T. Callow Folklore Archive

search for

Content filter is on

Your search for 7688 returned 17 results.

showing 17 items

ROMAN OBSERVATION:

THE ROMANS DISLIKE THE ORNATE AND OSTENTATIOUS "ALTAR OF THE
NATION" WHICH CONTAINS A MONUMENT TO VICTOR EMMANUAL II.
THEY SAY: "THE BEST VIEW OF THE CITY IS FROM THE TOP OF THIS
BUILDING, BECAUSE ONLY FROM THE TOP DO YOU NOT HAVE TO LOOK AT
THIS MONSTROSITY."

Where learned: ITALY ; ROME ; IN A LETTER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Secular hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Monument

Date learned: 09-00-1967

View just this record

ASH WEDNESDAY

IN ITALY, ON THE THURSDAY BEFORE ASH WEDNESDAY THE CHILDREN DRESS
UP IN THEIR VERY BEST CLOTHES AND PARADE THROUGH THE CITY THROWING
CONFETTI.

Where learned: ITALY ; ROME

Subject headings: 663 Ash Wednesday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Pre Lent

Date learned: 10-00-1970

View just this record

ON DECEMBER 8TH, IN THE CITY OF LYON CALLED THE "CITY OF MARY"
IN FRANCE THEY HAVE BIG CELEBRATIONS. THE CITY IS ALL DECORATED AND
THE VERY OLD PARTS ARE ALL LIGHTED IN DEVOTION TO THE BLESSED MOTHER.
EACH SHOP IN THE CITY IS DECORATED AND CANDLES ARE LIT IN EVERY
HOUSE. A PRIZE IS GIVEN TO THE SHOP WITH THE MOST BEAUTIFUL
DECORATIONS.

Where learned: ITALY ; ROME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F120

Date learned: 10-00-1970

View just this record

SOUND AND LIGHT DAYS

CERTAIN DAYS ARE SET ASIDE IN FRANCE WHICH ARE KNOWN AS "SOUND AND
LIGHT DAYS." IN THE OLD PARTS OF FRANCE WHERE THERE ARE OLD
MONUMENTS THE WHOLE AREA IS ALL LIT UP WITH MANY LIGHTS AND MUSIC
IS PLAYED AND STORIES ARE TOLD AT NIGHT OF THE BEGINNINGS OF THE
CITY. PEOPLE WALK THROUGH THE STREETS VIEWING AND LISTENING ABOUT
TIMES PAST.

Where learned: ITALY ; ROME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Festival

Date learned: 10-00-1970

View just this record

THE WHALE'S TOOTH

THE GREATEST TOKEN OF THE FIJIANS ACCEPTANCE OF OTHER PEOPLE OR A
SIGN OF HONOR IS FOR THEM TO GIVE A WHALE'S TOOTH.
THIS INFORMANT WAS A MISSIONARY FOR SIX YEARS IN FIJI AND HAD
ACTUALLY RECEIVED TWO TEETH OF A WHALE.

Where learned: ITALY ; ROME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 10-00-1970

View just this record

CUSTOM: ROMAN NEW YEAR

IT IS A CUSTOM AMONG ROMANS TO SAVE ALL CHINAWARE--DISHES,
GLASSES, JARS, ETC--THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THE YEAR. ON NEW
YEARS--12:00--EVERYONE THROWS THEIR ENTIRE COLLECTION OUT THE
WINDOW WITHOUT CONCERN FOR ANYONE PASSING BY. THIS IS A
DISASTEROUS EVENT FOR BOTH PEDESTRIANS AND STREET CLEANERS.

Where learned: ITALY ; ROME

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve

Date learned: 00-00-1964

View just this record

KAVA CEREMONY

IN FIJI THE KAVA CEREMONY IS PERFORMED WHEN HONOR IS TO
BE SHOWN TO SOMEONE OR FOR SOME SPECIAL REASON, LIKE A
WEDDING. IT CONSISTS IN USING THE ROOTS OF THE KAVA
TREE, DRIED AND CRUSHED WITH WATER. THE MEN ONLY
PERFORM THIS CEREMONY AND THEY SIT IN A LARGE CIRCLE
CHANTING IN FIJIAN WHILE ONE OF THEM MINES THE WATER
AND ROOTS. WHEN THE DRINK IS READY, THE PRINCIPLE
OF THE GROUP TAKES HALF A COCONUT SHELL FULL OF KAVA
AND BRINGS IT TO THE GUEST OF HONOR. THE GUEST IS
SUPPOSED TO DRINK IT ALL AND THEN SPIN THE COCONUT
SHELL BACK TO THE MIXER.

Where learned: ITALY ; ROME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern

Date learned: 11-00-1970

View just this record

When visitors come to Rome they traditionally throw coins into
the Trevi Fountain before they leave so they will have the
luck to return to the city someday.

Where learned: ITALY ; ROME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00-00-1989

View just this record

HUI HOUSE

THE MAORIS PEOPLE BELIEVED STRONGLY IN THE SPIRIT AND FOR
THIS REASON THEY ONLY HAD ONE DOOR IN THEIR MEETING
HOUSES (HUI HOUSE) ALWAYS OPENING TO THE NORTH SO
THAT THE SPIRIT OF THE DEAD PERSON WOULD GO DIRECTLY
NORTH TO THE ANCESTRAL BURIAL GROUND. THE HUI HOUSE
WOULD BE COMPARED TO OUR FUNERAL HOMES. WHEN SOMEONE
DIES IN A MAORI VILLAGE IN NEW ZEALAND (MAORI PA) THEY
BRING THE BODY TO THE MEETING HOUSE, WHERE IT IS
LAID IN THE CENTER OF THE END WALL, FACING NORTH. THE
NEXT OF KIN REST CLOSE TO THE DEAD PERSON. AFTER THE
FUNERAL THE PEOPLE RETURN TO THE MEETING HOUSE AND
THE NEXT OF KIN MUST SLEEP AT LEAST ONE NIGHT IN THE
PLACE WHERE THE DEAD PERSON HAD LAIN. THE SHOVELS
WHICH WERE USED TO DIG THE GRAVE ARE PUT INTO RUNNING
WATER FOR A FEW DAYS TO CLEAN THEM FROM THE BAD SPIRIT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT RECALLS A NATIVE BORROWING SHOVELS FROM THE
SISTERS BECAUSE THEY ARE LOOKED UPON AS BEING
"TAPOON" OR HOLY AND THEN THEIR SHOVELS WOULDN'T
NEED TO BE PURIFIED.

Where learned: ITALY ; ROME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-00-1970

View just this record

FEAST OF EPIPHANY

THIS IS A CHILDREN'S FEAST, WHERE THEY RECEIVE GIFTS
FROM THE "BEFANA" IF THEY ARE GOOD. IN ITALY THE
BEFANA IS AN OLD LADY WITH A BIG LONG NOSE. SHE
IS A GOOD WITCH BUT NOT NICE LOOKING.

Where learned: ITALY ; ROME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 6 Twelfth Day Epiphany

Date learned: 10-00-1970

View just this record

THE SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY IN FRANCE THEY HAVE
A SPECIAL CAKE MADE WITH A SURPRISE INSIDE. WHOEVER
GETS IT IS A KING OR A QUEEN. THE NEXT TIME THEY
COME TO THE HOUSE, THE KING AND QUEEN BRING A BOTTLE
OF WINE OR A BOX OF CANDY TO HAVE A CELEBRATION.

Where learned: ITALY ; ROME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 6 Twelfth Day Epiphany
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Movable Date

Date learned: 10-00-1970

View just this record

NEVER WASH AND HANG CLOTHES ON NEW YEAR'S DAY, OR YOU'LL
WASH SOMEONE OUT OF THE FAMILY.

Where learned: ITALY ; WINSTON SALEM ; NORTH CAROLINA ; ROME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's

Date learned: 10-00-1970 ; 09-08-1971

View just this record

SAYING

IF YOU SIT AT DONEY'S LONG ENOUGH, EVERYBODY IN THE WORLD
WILL PASS BY.

Submitter comment: LOU BROMLEY, OUR TRAVEL AGENT, AND I WERE SITTING AT DONEY'S
ON THE VIA VENETO IN ROME. THIS WAS DURING MY "WANDER WITH
WIMSEY" ART STUDY TOUR OF EUROPE IN 1966. TRAFFIC, BOTH
PEDESTRIAN AND AUTO, WAS ALMOST AS HEAVY AS IN THE DAYTIME.
HE TOLD ME THIS PHRASE AND SAID EVERYONE WHO COMES TO ROME
EVENTUALLY COMES TO DONEY'S BECAUSE IT IS SO FAMOUS.
DONEY'S (DOH-NAY'S) IS A RESTAURANT WITH A SIDEWALK CAFE
IN FRONT.

Where learned: ITALY ; ROME

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 07-00-1966

View just this record

ROMAN OBSERVATION:

THE ROMANS DISLIKE THE ORNATE AND OSTENTATIOUS "ALTAR OF THE
NATION" WHICH CONTAINS A MONUMENT TO VICTOR EMMANUAL II.
THEY SAY: "THE BEST VIEW OF THE CITY IS FROM THE TOP OF THIS
BUILDING, BECAUSE ONLY FROM THE TOP DO YOU NOT HAVE TO LOOK AT
THIS MONSTROSITY."

Where learned: ITALY ; ROME ; IN A LETTER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Secular hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Monument

Date learned: 09-00-1967

View just this record

ROMAN OBSERVATION:

THE ROMANS DISLIKE THE ORNATE AND OSTENTATIOUS "ALTAR OF THE
NATION" WHICH CONTAINS A MONUMENT TO VICTOR EMMANUAL II.
THEY SAY: "THE BEST VIEW OF THE CITY IS FROM THE TOP OF THIS
BUILDING, BECAUSE ONLY FROM THE TOP DO YOU NOT HAVE TO LOOK AT
THIS MONSTROSITY."

Where learned: ITALY ; ROME ; IN A LETTER

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Secular hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Monument

Date learned: 09-00-1967

View just this record

HONGIE

UNTIL RECENT YEARS THE MAORIS OF NEW ZEALAND GREETED EACH
OTHER BY TOUCHING NOSES CALLED "HONGIE." THIS IS STILL
THE FORM OF GREETING USED BY THE OTHER PEOPLE.

Where learned: ITALY ; ROME

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.13
SPEECH -- Greetings Salutations

Date learned: 10-00-1970

View just this record

Ethnic: Roman

Rome is the city of cats, stones and priests becasue all three of these are very plentiful. The cats can be found everywhere and are respected by the people and are feed [sic] by them. Cats are never killed and always cared for because it is said that the Roman spirit is reincarnated in them.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P752, B440] crossed out / replaced with current classification

Where learned: ITALY ; ROME

Keyword(s): CAT ; DEATH ; ETHNIC ; Feline ; Priests ; REINCARNATION ; Roman ; Rome ; Soul ; STONES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

View just this record

showing 17 items

University of Detroit Mercy
4001 W. McNichols Detroit , MI , 48221-3038
This site is endorsed by the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) and supports the views, values, and mission of UDM. The University of Detroit Mercy web site provides links to other web sites, both public and private, for informational purposes. The inclusion of these links on UDM's site does not imply endorsement by the University. Please contact the Instructional Design Studio for any questions regarding this web site.