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Lilli Lilli Auzak: Farsi nursery rhyme and hand game

Context: The informant is a grandmother of 8 whose parents were originally from Afghanistan but settled in Pakistan. She also lived in Saudi Arabia for many years and has a working knowledge of Farsi, Arabic, and Punjabi along with her native Urdu. The following nursery rhyme is one in Farsi that she and her siblings learned… Continue Reading »

How the Irish keep from drowning

My informant told me of an old Irish superstition that he learned from his father: “If you bless yourself before diving into the water, it keeps you from drowning” My informant swims often, and he said that he always blesses himself before going into the water. He does not remember a time when he didn’t,… Continue Reading »