Category Archives: Legends

Narratives about belief.


Ghosts and Murderers on a Bus

Background: The interviewer and the informant recall a ghost story that circulated in their primary school in Qingdao, China.  Interviewer: Can you retell that Beijing bus story? Informant: Yep. There’s umm there’s a guy, and he went on a bus. umm and then the bus got to a station, and then several people came onto… Continue Reading »

Ghost Story in Primary School

Background: The interviewer and the informant went to the same primary school together in Qingdao, China. Interview asks the informant to retell a horror story that was very popular in their primary school.  Informant: So next to the gate there was this statue of a woman, she’s playing a harp. And a long time ago… Continue Reading »

The Jersey Devil

Background:  My informant, NK, is 19 years old and of South Korean descent from both her mother and father’s sides of the family. Her grandparents live close to her, so she spends a lot of time with them. She is very passionate about cooking. Even though she is majoring in biochemical engineering at UC Berkeley,… Continue Reading »

The Ritual Game: One Man Hide-and-Seek

Interviewer: Okay so how do you play this game? Informant: Well as the name suggests you have to do this alone, while everyone is out of the house, preferably. You take an old doll that you don’t like anymore, cut it open and remove all the stuffing. Then fill it up with white rice. Once… Continue Reading »