Author Archives: Kayla Adams

Macbeth in the Theatre

Context: Subject had worked Theater production in high school and had been exposed to many superstitions surrounding ideas of bad luck, prevention, and reversal methods. Informant: [Speaking face to face in a lounge while studying for classes] “The whole Macbeth rumor… where if you are in a theater and you say the word ‘Macbeth,’ you… Continue Reading »

Sleeping Near Air Conditioning System (Chinese Belief)

Context/Background: The informant is Chinese-American and grew up with different Chinese folk beliefs. One in particular, involves the idea that one cannot sleep next to air conditioning to avoid damage done to the face as heard from her mother. Informant: [Face-to-Face] “So, my mom, I think it was just because there’s this thing in China… Continue Reading »

Birthmarks and Beauty (Chinese Folk Belief)

Context/Background: This informant is from China, but currently resides in the U.S. In their culture, there are many belief systems and stereotypes based on features within the modes of attributing value. Informant: “[In Chinese culture], the most beautiful people have moles and birthmarks bc the gods were jealous of the beauty so they want to… Continue Reading »

Polish Christmas Eve

Context/Background: The Informant is of Polish descent and her grandparents and mother strongly identify with the Polish culture. Growing up, her grandfather orchestrated a celebration for their family which was centered around Christmas Eve and engaging in the tradition of sharing a “piece of you,” to show love and appreciation while celebrating largely at night with… Continue Reading »

“Every grain of rice has a destiny”

Context/Background: The informant’s mother used to have a saying that she would express to them growing up. Pertaining much to emphasizing not wasting food, there is an element of attributing energy and value to it. Informant: “So growing up… my mom used to say every grain of rice had a destiny whenever you threw any… Continue Reading »