Category Archives: Adulthood

Coming-of-age, courtship, marriage, weddings


Ojinnaka-Folk Title/Name

Context: This name was given to my dad by my grandfather or his father. This name is a title given to sons who have surpassed the expectations of their father.  The name Ojinnaka means that he is greater than his age-mates because of his father. Meaning that the greatness of his father is passed down… Continue Reading »

“Isi buka ora ka Okpu”-Onitsha Proverb

Context: This is a proverb that is native to my dad’s village and he learned it as a child growing up in Onitsha. Proverbs like this were a prominent means of giving advice and life lessons especially to the children of the tight-knit community.  “Isi buka ora ka Okpu” Transliterated Proverb Isi: head Buka: big… Continue Reading »

Joint Marriages in Gujarat

Context: The following is an account from the informant, a family friend. She told this during a conversation at a get-together. Background: This information was regarding the wedding customs of her village in the state of Gujarat in India. She had firsthand knowledge from her family and her own wedding. Main piece:  Informant: In our… Continue Reading »

“Never Let the Blood of Your Unborn Children Cry to God for Vengeance.”

Main piece: (The following is transcribed from a conversation between the informant and interviewer.) Interviewer: Can you tell me some of the old stories or wives tales your mother told you? Informant: The most gross one is about her – her mother, my grandmother, your great great grandmother told my mother about this rich lady… Continue Reading »