Tag Archives: illness


Salt Balls From the Dead Sea

Context: A friend of mine had missed about a week of school, so when she finally returned, I visited her at her apartment in Downtown to catch up and hear about what had been happening.   Background: My informant explained that she had been falling victim to a string of bad luck for about one… Continue Reading »

Cowlick Tea

Context: The informant, a 20-year-old female college student who was enrolled in ANTH 333 during a prior semester, was eager to participate in my folklore collection. She shared some folklore with me that she has collected throughout her childhood and her time at USC. The following is an excerpt from our conversation, in which the informant described… Continue Reading »

Papa Soup: Colombian Comfort Soup

Recipe: Long onions scallions Potatoes sliced in cubes Eggs Hot water Boil potatoes add scallions mix eggs in add salt to taste. Background: “I learned this recipe from my grandmother. I was born in Colombia and raised by my grandmother there for the first several years of my life. She would make this for me when… Continue Reading »

Eating fruit before bed

My friend Justine is Chinese-American, and her parents are doctors who practice holistic Eastern medicine. She shared the following folk belief with me: “I guess like, it’s a tradition to always eat fruit before going to bed, like you have to eat fruit before you go to bed cause that’s like, it’s better for your… Continue Reading »