Author Archives: Yi Lin Valerie Tan

My Mother’s Favorite Ghost Story

Context This is a tale that my mother often told me and my sister when we were children. Tales like these are common especially during the Hungry Ghost Month or Ghost Festival. The Ghost Festival takes place on the fifteenth day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar and is a time to pay… Continue Reading »

The Yulenissa

Context The interviewee is one of my housemates and we often engage in conversation about his Danish heritage. This folklore is a myth that he continues to practice as part of a family tradition. ——————————————————————————————————— Performance The following is transcribed from the story told by the interviewee. “On Christmas growing up, we have this thing… Continue Reading »

Almond and Luck

Context The interviewee is one of my housemates and we often engage in conversation about his Danish heritage. This folklore is a food ritual that he practices as part of a family tradition. ——————————————————————————————————— Performance The following is transcribed from the story told by the interviewee. “Every Christmas eve we would eat pickled herring and… Continue Reading »

The Rodeo Queen

Context The interviewee is one of my housemates and we often engage in conversation about our different hometowns. This folklore about a festival comes from a dinner where the house was sharing various stories from our childhood. ——————————————————————————————— Performance The following is transcribed from the story told by the interviewee. “In my hometown, we had… Continue Reading »

Tekong Stories

Context Ghost stories or Tekong Stories as they are commonly known in Singapore are very often passed down in families or during military service. In Singapore, where there is mandatory national military service for every eligible male individual aged 18, ghost stories in the army camps are thus incredibly common and circulate widely around the… Continue Reading »