Tag Archives: Mexico


12 Grapes for the New Year

Main Text: DC: “On New Years at 12:00 am you are supposed to consecutively eat one grape each second for a total of 12 grapes in 12 seconds for good luck in the new year.” Context:  Although I collected this from a Mexican woman who is my boyfriend’s sister-in-law, I also witnessed and performed this… Continue Reading »

Presents in Shoes During Christmas

Context: My informant is a 20 year old student from the University of Southern California, and serves as a Residential Assistant at USC McCarthy Honors College.This conversation took place at McCarthy Honors College one evening. The informant and I were alone in a private space, and, out of her collection of folklore, this is one… Continue Reading »

Devil Sightings on Horse at Night – Mexico

KF: People have tales of like because uh Mexico is like predominantly like Catholic um…people say that like they’ve seen the devil on like their horse- on his horse…like just like galloping like if you stay up really really late at night, you’ll see him like come through like the town or something.   Background:… Continue Reading »

La Guelaguetza

Context The informant is an acquaintance of my father, and in a previous vacation invited us to watch “La Guelaguetza,” a performance of the many different tribes in Oaxaca and their folk dances. I made some time during my Spring Break to ask him about the festival once more.   Interviewer: Back in 2014, you… Continue Reading »