Tag Archives: Folk Belief


Color Green Protects Eyes

Background: The transcribed conversation between me and the informant shows folk belief on how to protect eyesight.  Informant: My mom bought a cactus for me… she says it absorbs radiation from computers and cellphones… Me: Does it really? I’ve heard of it before but I don’t think it actually works. Informant: I’m not sure, but… Continue Reading »

High stomach means you’ll have a boy

Conversation between me and the informant explaining this belief which she called an old wives’ tale: Informant: When you’re pregnant, and your stomach is high, you’re gonna have a boy. If it’s low, you’re gonna have a girl. That’s bs, not true at all. Me: Where did you learn it? Informant: I dont know…old ladies…. Continue Reading »

Home remedy for hiccups by drinking a glass of water covered by a napkin

Main Piece: Informant: Basically, you get a full cup of water, and you put a paper towel over the top of the cup. It has to be thick, so like a paper towel or a napkin. And then you have to drink through the paper towel, ten gulps without breathing. Like, big gulps too.  Interviewer:… Continue Reading »

Sana Sana the Silly Healing Saying

Background: Below is an account of this informant’s memory of a silly spanish saying that was meant to make you feel better. The informant is a mother in her 40s of Mexican Descent. She reflects on the how healing ritual below shaped both aspects of her childhood and parenting. Under the informant’s experience I have… Continue Reading »

Safety Pin Protection for Pregnant Woman During an Eclipse.

Background: Below is an account from my informant on an old hispanic belief/ myth on pregnancy. My informant is a Senior Citizen who was originally born in Mexico and immigrated to the United States as a young adult. Spanish is her first language, but she ultimately uses a combination of both Spanish and English to… Continue Reading »