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The folk belief, \"If you have a mole on your neck, you will be hanged,\" was heard around the turn of the century and before, when hanging was a common form of execution. Charles Waddell Chesnutt uses this belief from the folklore of southern African Americans as an important tool to develop the theme of social strangulation in The Marrow of Tradition, first published in 1901.
Cherokee myth proffers its own justifications for the peculiarities of individual animal species. The Cherokee myths are closely akin to other \"just-so\" stories in that the animals individual peculiarities result from a mutation of the animal from an existing condition to a condition which is altered. The Cherokee myths deviate in that the animals in the Cherokee myths are not the same animals that exist on earth today, the mythic animals of the Cherokee being larger and more neatly perfect than their contemporaries, and being organized socially and politically like the Cherokee nation.