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Superstition -punching bread before it bakes

Context: My informant (M) told me growing up she had to punch the bread her mother made or else it wouldn’t be good bread, or they would have bad luck-she wasn’t sure which, maybe both. Now, as an adult, she never makes bread alone because she needs someone to punch it before it bakes.  Main… Continue Reading »

Breadcrumb Blessing: Syrian Birth Tradition

When babies are born and are first brought home after birth, the grandparents of either the mother or the father of the child will take fresh baked bread and break it down over the head of the baby. The breadcrumbs are sprinkled over the head of the baby as well as the rest of the… Continue Reading »

May You Grow Old Sleeping on One Pillow

Item (direct transcription): May you grow old sleeping on one pillow. Background Information: The informant learned this blessing from his grandfather, who told it to him when he got married. Contextual Information: This blessing is meant to be given at a wedding. After the informant’s grandfather grew too old to attend weddings and eventually passed… Continue Reading »