Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Date of Performance/Collection: April 23, 2018
Primary Language: English
Other Language(s): Mandarin
The interviewer’s initials are denoted through the initials BD, while the informant’s responses are marked as MW.
MW: My mom told me not to point at the moon. I don’t know why, but she said that if you point at the moon with your hand, your ear will get cut off.
BD:Where did your mom get this belief?
MW: Her mom told her, like my grandma.
BD: Your mom’s from Taiwan, right?
MW: But my grandma is from China.
BD: Is this belief common? Like, do other people believe in it?
MW: I think it’s common, in Taiwan.
Upon researching this piece of folklore further, I found that there is a story that accompanies this belief. The goddess of the moon is angered when she is pointed at, because that is disrespectful to her. As a punishment, she will cut off the pointer’s ear in their sleep. A Taiwanese publication includes this belief in list of some more surprising superstitions: http://focustaiwan.tw/news/afav/201603200005.aspx.