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SUPERSTITON

AN ENGLISH IVY PLANT IN THE HOUSE WILL BRING BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT STRONGLY BELIEVES THIS. SHE CLAIMS THAT WHENEVER SHE HAD SUCH A PLANT IN THE HOUSE, THE RESULT WAS NOTHING BUT BAD LUCK UNTIL SHE DISPOSED OF THE PLANT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES ; TOLD AT INFORMANT'S HOME

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck Plants

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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PLANT FOOD

PUT A PENNY IN YOUR TULIPS, THEY WILL KEEP FRESHER IN THE VASE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES ; TOLD AT INFORMANT'S HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): MINERAL: COPPER ; PLANT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 01-20-1971

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BLACK TABOO

IF YOU EAT BLACK GRAPES OR BLACK FIGS THEN SOME SORT OF BAD LUCK WILL FOLLOW, SUCH AS BAD NEWS, OR YOU'LL DO SOMETHING THAT YOU WILL FEEL SORRY ABOUT LATER. HOWEVER, RED, WHITE, GREEN, AND BLUE GRAPES/FIGS ARE OK TO EAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; KALAMAZOO ; TOLD AT INFORMANT'S HOME ; 5583 South 4th St.

Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC, COLOR

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Fruit
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 02-18-1971

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PIPAL TREE

THE PIPAL TREE IS A TREE FOUND IN INDIA WHICH THE PEOPLE BELIEVE IS A TREE INFESTED WITH GHOSTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; EAST QUAD ; TOLD AT INFORMANT'S HOME

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; GHOST ; GHOSTS ; India ; Pipal ; SUPERSTITION ; Tree

James Callow Keyword(s): PLANT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 03-05-1971

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CHRISTMAS GREETINGS

A TRADITIONAL POLISH CUSTOM USED AT CHRISTMAS TIME TO EXTEND BEST
WISHES OF THE SEASON AND A PERSONAL GREETING FOR THE NEW YEAR, IS
THE EXCHANGING OF SMALL PIECES OF WAFERS KNOWN AS "OPLATKI" WHICH
IN ENGLISH MEANS "ANGEL BREAD."

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT WAS TAUGHT THIS FROM HER PARENTS WHO WERE BORN IN POLAND.
SHE LEARNED IT WHEN SHE WAS VERY YOUNG AND STILL PRACTICES IT TODAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANT'S HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Oplatki

Date learned: 11-03-1971

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CHRISTMAS EVE

STRAW IS TO BE PLACED IN ABUNDANCE UNDERNEATH THE TABLECLOTH FOR THE
CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER IN ORDER TO PREPARE FOR THE COMING OF THE
CHRIST CHILD.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT PRACTICES THIS CUSTOM EACH YEAR.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector reside on same street.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANT'S HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Christmas
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Straw

Date learned: 02-18-1971

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CHRISTMAS EVE

AT THE CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER AS EACH TYPE OF FOOD
OR AS EACH DISH OF FOOD WAS BEGUN TO BE PASSED
AROUND THE TABLE, BEFORE ANY PERSON TOOK SOME, A
TEASPOONFUL OR SO WAS GIVEN TO THE FAMILY ANIMALS
SO THEY WOULD FEEL INCLUDED IN THE FAMILY AND
SO THEY WOULD PRODUCE MORE IN THE COMING YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANT'S HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Christmas
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Straw

Date learned: 03-11-1970

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

IT WAS THE CUSTOM FOR MINERS IN THE UPPER PENNINSULA TO HAVE A
CHRISTMAS TREE AND A CHRISTMAS PARTY IN THE MINE.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANT'S HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas tree

Date learned: 02-28-1970

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CHRISTMAS GAME

THE GAME IS CALLED "I'M THINKING OF A BULB." IN ORDER TO PLAY, ONE
PERSON HAS TO BE CHOSEN TO GO FIRST. THIS LEADER THEN SAYS "I'M
THINKING OF A BULB" AND DESCRIBES A CERTAIN BULB FOUND ON THE
CHRISTMAS TREE. IN TURN ALL THE PLAYERS START TO GUESS WHICH BULB IT
IS. THE PERSON WHO GUESSES THE BULB THEN BECOMES THE LEADER.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; TOLD AT INFORMANT'S HOME

Keyword(s): GAME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas tree

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FESTIVAL: PASTERKA

PASTERKA: THE NAME FOR THE SPECIAL MASS WITH POLISH HYMNS AND
LITURGY ON XMAS EVE.

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANT'S HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Church

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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BREAKING BREAD

IT IS A POLISH CUSTOM TO ALL GATHER THE
WHOLE FAMILY ON CHRISTMAS EVE, AND HAVE
UNLEAVENED BREAD, CALLED OPLATEK, A WAFER.
THE WHOLE FAMILY EACH HAS A PIECE AND THEY
GO AROUND TO EVERY OTHER MEMBER, BREAK OFF A
PIECE AND EXCHANGE IT, WISHING THEM A MERRY CHRISTMAS.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share same surname.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANT'S HOME

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.82

Date learned: 03-12-1970

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CHRISTMAS EVE CUSTOM

ON CHRISTMAS EVE, USUALLY BEFORE THE EVENING MEAL, THE
OLDEST MEMBER OF THE FAMILY BREAKS UNLEAVENED BREAD
AND WISHES GOOD LUCK AND GOOD HEALTH TO EACH MEMBER
OF THE FAMILY. HE USUALLY STARTS WITH THE OLDEST MEMBER AND
CONTINUES DOWN THE LINE TO THE YOUNGEST.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; GLENVIEW ; TOLD AT INFORMANT'S HOME

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.82

Date learned: 11-29-1970

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CHRISTMAS

DURING THE CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER THE "OPLATKE" IS PASSED TO ALL THE
PEOPLE AT THE TABLE. THIS IS A HOST LIKE BREAD IMPRINTED WITH
THE SCENE OF THE LAST SUPPER. WHEN THIS BREAD IS PASSED FROM ONE
PERSON TO ANOTHER EACH PERSON WISHES HEALTH AND HAPPINESS TO THE
RECIPIENT. THIS IS A POLISH CUSTOM.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant is collector's mother.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANT'S HOME

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.82

Date learned: 03-19-1970

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

IT IS THE CUSTOM OF THE POLISH AND SLOVAK PEOPLE TO BREAK OPIATKI [OPLATKI]
(CHRISTMAS WAFER) ON CHRISTMAS EVE AND TO WISH EACH OTHER WELL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANT'S HOME

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.82

Date learned: 03-19-1970

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Jump Rope Rhyme

DOWN BY THE RIVER WHERE THE GREEN GRASS GROWS, THERE SITS ___(NAME)___ AS SWEET AS A ROSE.
ALONG CAME ___(BOY'S NAME)___ AND KISSED HER ON THE NOSE.
HOW MANY KISSES DID SHE RECEIVE?
1...2...3... (COUNT UNTIL MISS)

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT LEARNED FROM CHILDREN IN NEIGHBORHOOD OF VAN DYKE AND MCNICHOLS.
 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share same surname.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANT'S HOME ; 8096 TUMEY

Keyword(s): ENDURANCE JUMP

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

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Jump-Rope Rhyme

DOWN IN THE VALLEY, WHERE THE GREEN GRASS GROWS,
THERE SAT   (NAME)   AS SWEET AS A ROSE.
ALONG CAME   (NAME)   AND KISSED HER ON THE LIPS.
HOW MANY KISSES DID SHE RECIEVE?

THE PERSON JUMPS UNTIL SHE MISSES.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname and place of residence.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; TOLD AT INFORMANT'S HOME

Keyword(s): ENDURANCE JUMP

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

Date learned: 03-01-1971

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Jump Rope Rhyme

I love coffee, I love tea

I want name them to jump in with me

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANT'S HOME

Keyword(s): Call ; RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C750-

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Jump Rope Rhyme

I love coffee I love tea

Johnny broke the sugar bowl and blamed it on me

I told ma, ma told pa

Johnny got a licking,  ha, ha, ha

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANT'S HOME

Keyword(s): Jump ; Plain

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

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Jump Rope Rhyme

Inky binky bottle of ink,

Cork's out, you stink.

Data entry tech comment:

Collector and informat share the same surname and address.
 

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANT'S HOME

Keyword(s): Jump ; Plain

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

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Rope-Jump Rhyme

I like coffee.

I like tea.

I like _____ to jumpe in with me.

Where learned: TOLD AT INFORMANT'S HOME

Keyword(s): Jump ; Plain

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

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