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Where are the Native American primary source documents?

The basic problem here is that scientific study of cultures (Sociology, Anthropology, etc.) is a relatively new discipline. There are indigenous social scientists today of course (my little sister is ...
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Is there folk knowledge associating late breastfeeding with low intelligence and/or gullibility?

However one interprets "late-breast-fed fools", Sixto Rodriguez is unlikely to be referring to any folk knowledge, nor to any widely held belief. Poverty and / or class prejudice are more likely ...
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How did the French word 'familier' become associated with the concept of Magical Familiars, historically?

The OED attests several use of the word familiar in Chaucer's works from the 1380's, in the usual sense of "pertaining to personal relations or family." However the earliest use attested to in the ...
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How did the Church of England view the local legend and festivities surrounding Gog and Magog?

I would've still expected the Church (at least in the 16th century) to view these with contempt, issue an edict against it, or ban it altogether. The Church of England does not seem to have ever ...
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Is there folk knowledge associating late breastfeeding with low intelligence and/or gullibility?

Yes. Don’t Poison the Baby With Angry Breast Milk Several advice books suggested that mothers could harm their babies by thinking the wrong sorts of thoughts. The Sadlers, husband-and-wife doctors ...
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Is there folk knowledge associating late breastfeeding with low intelligence and/or gullibility?

I suspect it's just a poetic riff on the less well off in society. I only did some cursory googling (searching for myths, misconceptions, etc.), but I failed to find the slightest trace of hints that ...
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Should the aluminados be considered to be the roots of the illuminati mythos?

Did Adam Weishaupt's Bavarian Illuminati know of the Spanish group? Is there anything in the writings of the Bavarians which resembles the ideas of the Spanish? If not, then this seems to be simply a ...
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Were hag stones ever engraved?

I can't really give more info than what you already said, but based on what I've learned about them from the links you gave here's what I think. The legend says they come from a knot made of snakes ...
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Has Matéo Maximoff's book Die Ursitory been translated to English?

The answer to your title question is "Yes": an English translation was published in London by Chapman & Hall in 1949. It seems to have been originally published in 1946 in French, with ...
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Which culture first referenced bigfoot?

If you include references to sasquatch by first nations in the pacific northwest then they back far further than mid 20th century. I cant tell you when the first reference was but sasquatch has been ...
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