Category Archives: Old age

Retirement, seniority, death, funerals, remembrances


Significance of Incense

Context : My informant is an adult female who was born in Seoul, South Korea. She received Korean education throughout her life and mainly speaks Korean. She believes in Buddhism and has been attending temple events for a long time. Her family also are Buddhist and follows the Buddhist way when it comes to events… Continue Reading »

Bowing Down Twice

Context : My informant is an adult female who was born in Seoul, South Korea. She received Korean education throughout her life and mainly speaks Korean. She believes in Buddhism and has been attending temple events for a long time. Her family also are Buddhist and follows the Buddhist way when it comes to events… Continue Reading »

Italian Folk Saying

The following folk belief is a saying that my family friend G often heard from her mother in 1950s-60s San Francisco. Her mother was an Irish woman but G believes this is an Italian and global saying. Text: It’s amazing that 1 mother can take care of 8 children but 8 children can’t take care… Continue Reading »

White Headbands – A Chinese Folk Belief

Item: Q: Why can’t you wear white headbands? H: 嗰啲 (go2 di1) white 係人地死咗人地 先戴白色吖嗎(hai6 jan4 dei6  sei2 zo2 jan4 dei6  sin1 daai3 baak6 sik1 aa1 maa3) [Translation: People only wear white when people die, right.] Q: 白色件衫定係 白色喺個 頭(baak6 sik1 gin6 saam1 ding6 hai6 baak6 sik1 hai2 go3 tau4) [Translation: White clothes or white… Continue Reading »