BACKGROUND: My informant, NN, is a student from the US. The following piece is a belief that was told to NN by her mother, who is of Jamaican descent. This belief struck NN just because of its seeming randomness.
CONTEXT: This piece is from a text conversation with my friend to discuss Jamaican beliefs.
NN: There’s a lot of weird ones. Like the whole if your mom dreams of a fish you’re pregnant.
Me: Do you have any idea if there’s a story behind that?
NN: Not really but my sister got pregnant and my mom hasn’t said anything so
THOUGHTS: This belief really strikes me because of how disconnected I perceive the two elements to be. Other cultures may associate fish with fertility so perhaps that is where the two things intersect. One thing that I’ve heard pretty consistently is that the phases of the moon affect fertility in women. In a similar vein, the phases of the moon also affect the tide and the oceans on Earth. Perhaps through the association of the moon, menstruation, water, and fish are where this belief derives.