Author Archives: Amy Kao

Hot Weather, Hot Foods

Text: “When the weather is hot outside, you’re supposed to eat something hot so it’ll cool you down. I don’t really know why, I think it’s like… what you’re consuming is hotter than the weather outside.” Background: When asked about the background of this custom, the informant didn’t really know when or where it originated […]

Jinx, You Owe Me a Soda

Text: “Jinx you owe me a soda.” Background: If you say the same word or phrase as another person, you would say the phrase shown above to them. Jinx means you aren’t allowed to talk, and you have to give them a soda or they have to say your name three times. My informant said […]

Raksha Bandhan

Text: “Theres a festival every year for the bond between a sister and a brother. The sister will tie a knot on the brother’s wrist so that signifies their bond… its like a bracelet type thing. There’s a certain type of string for religious reasons but it’s really any kind of string. It’s gotten pretty […]

University of Georgia Arch

Text: “At the University of Georgia, there is an arch that people can only walk under it once while they’re a freshman, and they’re not supposed to walk under it again until they graduation. The first time means your entrance into UGA, saying I’m now a student. To walk out of it before you graduate […]

Witchcraft: Sitting Pretty

Text: “My mom always told me that I shouldn’t sit with my legs against the wall. Back in the day witches sat like that, so people would think that I was a witch…. I don’t know why, but I think it’s because they were thought to be able to walk on walls.” Background: My informant […]