Nationality: Mexican American
Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Date of Performance/Collection: 4/15/2013
Primary Language: English
Other Language(s): Spanish
Informant Bio: Informant is a friend and fellow business major. He is a junior at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. His family is from Mexico but he has lived in Southern California for nearly all of his life.
Context: I was talking to Fabian about Mexican stories and folklore. He shared with me the following folk belief common among the people in Michocoan.
Item: “There’s, um, little house elves, um, they are mischievous and moves things in your sleep. If you wake up in the middle of the night you’ll find milk outside the fridge, your shoes or socks out in random places. The people who do that are these mischievous little house elves. People, um try and stay up and try to see if they can catch them”.
Analysis: It is a way of explaining how things seemingly disappear or how random things move. The elf part is similar to the cobbler elves in the U.S., where they come out and do things but you never end up seeing them.