Tag Archives: Protection


The Red String

Context: I noticed a friend had tied a red string tied around their wrist. As a Jew, I knew that many people who visit Israel usually come back with red strings from Jerusalem. However, my informant does not identify with any religion, so I was curious to ask how he came across one. In the piece, my… Continue Reading »

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 »

Brian O’Donnell

The following is a story about an Irish legend.  The informant is represented by the letter S, and I am represented by the letter K. Piece: K: Tell me more of the Irish folklore you know about. S: So, uhm, another story I’ve heard is – uh – about a man named Brian O’Donnell and… Continue Reading »

Bellarmine College Preparatory Seal

Context: My informant is a 21 year old student from the University of Southern California.This conversation took place in a university dining hall one evening. The informant and I were in an open space, and the informant’s significant other was present and listening to the conversation, as well. The SO’s presence, is the most likely… Continue Reading »

Muslim Traveling Superstition

Main Piece (direct transcription): Mom: Before dad and I went on our honeymoon to Madrid, dad’s mom held up the Quran, and so did his grandmother, and we actually had to walk underneath the Quran to prevent anything evil from happening to us in our travels. Me: It wasn’t just for the plane; it was… Continue Reading »