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“Cheshm Zadan” (The Evil Eye) – Persian Superstition

Description of Informant NV (75) is a retired school teacher born in Abadan, Iran. She went to boarding school in England from 1956-1963, moving to American for college afterward. She always remembers her arrival in the states, as it was the day before Kennedy was assassinated. Currently, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area,… Continue Reading »

German Birthday Superstition

Context: The informant was speaking about a birthday of a friend and how this belief was something she practices.   Piece: Informant: One of the superstitions that like a lot of, I think it’s just German people, but like maybe in general European people, that you can’t say Happy Birthday to someone before it’s their actual birthday. It… Continue Reading »