Nationality: Mexican American
Residence: Santa Ana, CA
Date of Performance/Collection: 4/21/19
Primary Language: English
“sana sana colita de rana si no sanas hoy sanaras mañana por la mañana”
Translation: “heal heal, little frog’s butt, if you don’t heal today you will heal tomorrow”
Context: Informant and I were talking about childhood memories and she shared this healing charm her mom would do on her.
Background: Informant is a student at the UCI. She lives in a Mexican American household. She recalls this charm that her mom would do whenever she would hurt herself by falling while playing. She would run to her mom crying and her mom would say it and rub her “boo boo” in a circular motion. She doesn’t think it took the pain away but it made me feel better. When asked if she would do this with her kids, she nodded enthusiastically.
Analysis: This charm was performed on little kids as a way to acknowledge their pain but also help make them feel better. When a child goes crying to his/her mom, she can give him/her the attention that is needed and they can go back to playing. When translated it does not have the same rhyme and effect attached. It does not really make any sense, but in Spanish it does not sound so bad.