Tag Archives: belief


Removing Evil Spirits from a Beauty Salon

Nationality: American / Bosnia-Herzegovina Primary Language: English Other Language(s): Serbian Age: 54 Residence: New York City, USA Performance Date: April 10, 2017 (via Skype)     Sania is a 54- year old women born and raised in Bosnia-Herzegovina and emigrated to the United States over 34 years ago.  She is the owner of a beauty… Continue Reading »

Compliment or Curse?

Informant: The informant is Thomas, a fifty-five-year-old man who has lived in Westchester, New York for his entire life. He is a financial consultant for hospitals, has two children, and is of English and Russian descent. Context: We sat across from each other at the kitchen table in Thomas’s house one afternoon during my spring… Continue Reading »

Don’t Swim After Eating

The belief: “If go swimming after you eat, you’ll drown.”   The informant doesn’t remember where he heard this rumor, but he thinks it was probably from a friend’s mother during his childhood. He doesn’t think it’s true now, though. In my opinion, I think this is a popular statement told to children by their… Continue Reading »