Date of Performance/Collection: 03/29/2000
Background: The transcribed conversation between me and the informant shows folk belief on how to protect eyesight.
Informant: My mom bought a cactus for me… she says it absorbs radiation from computers and cellphones…
Me: Does it really? I’ve heard of it before but I don’t think it actually works.
Informant: I’m not sure, but I fell like it’s just a misconception. Mom says it protects your eyesight…maybe because it’s green?
Me: Oh that kind of makes sense. I’ve heard a million times that green protects your eyes, not sure if it’s true. Where did you first hear that?
Informant: I don’t know but I’d guess it’s because green is the color of nature and we’re supposed to look at nature more hahaha
Analysis: Cactus or other things can absorb radiation; color green protects eyes. These two are fairly common folk beliefs. They reflect that while we are surrounded by technologies, people can still be suspicious of the constant progress and existence of certain technologies. The association between color green and nature shows that nature is still regarded as healing, healthy, and in control.