Tag Archives: food


The Day of the Dead

Main piece: The following is transcribed from a conversation between informant and interviewer.  Informant: The day of the dead for example. This one is very popular throughout Latin America too. And it doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor… everyone celebrates November 1st and 2nd. There are festivals in the streets and everyone buys those… Continue Reading »

Day of the Dead Ritual

Context: The following is an account from the informant, my younger sister. She told me this from one of her conversations with a friend at school. Background: The informant was relating to the annual Day of the Dead rituals her Mexican friend and her family performed. Although they didn’t necessarily believe in everything, such as… Continue Reading »

Not Eating the Last Bit: An American Superstition

Background: The informant is my mother, who is a third generation Irish immigrant from Bridgeport, CT. She learned the superstition from her mother and has vehemently abided by it ever since.  Context: The following piece was collected in a casual, in-person interview at the informant’s home in San Diego, CA.  Piece:  Informant: “I can’t eat… Continue Reading »