Author Archives: Francisco Serrano Cendejas

Japanese New Years Traditions

Informant: The only other thing I can think about is some Japanese traditions. It’s very different over there than it has been in Oregon.   Interviewer: Yeah sure, which traditions are you talking about.   Informant: I mean, there’s New Years, Birthdays, School.   Interviewer: I think New Years would be good, I see it […]

Indian Superstition – Sneezing

Informant: So in Indian folklore, there’s this like… superstition that if someone is leaving, like for like an event or just leaving your house or something, and, like, one of you sneezes… then you need to like, stop and immediately do prayer… and then like, get milk from the fridge and pour it on the […]

La Guelaguetza

Context The informant is an acquaintance of my father, and in a previous vacation invited us to watch “La Guelaguetza,” a performance of the many different tribes in Oaxaca and their folk dances. I made some time during my Spring Break to ask him about the festival once more.   Interviewer: Back in 2014, you […]

The Crab and the Monkey

Informant: I got one. It’s a folktale from when I was younger.   Interviewer: Is it like, a Brazilian or a Japanese tale?   Informant: It’s Japanese… I don’t remember who told me the tale, it’s very common knowledge in Japan. It might’ve been in daycare. Does it matter?   Interviewer: Not really. What is […]