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Bread In Armenia

Informant’s Background: My informant, AD, is an undergraduate student at USC who grew up in Glendale, California. Her family immigrated to the United States from the capital of Armenia, Yerevan, after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Context: The informant is my girlfriend and we share an apartment together. I asked her if she could… Continue Reading »

Kissing the Tanakh if it Falls and the Torah

Main Content: M: Me, I: Informant I: Oh so um I don’t know if this is like a codified thing, but you can’t like… so you have like the Tanakh, which is like the mini like it’s like your prayer Bible um and like so if you if you, if the Tanakh touches the floor… Continue Reading »

The Race Around the World with Kartikeya and Lord Ganesha

Context: My informant is a 18 year old student from the University of Southern California (USC). This conversation took place one night at Cafe 84, a place where many students at USC go to study at night. The informant and I sat alone at our own table, but were in an open space where there… Continue Reading »

Hold your breath out of respect — Cemetery

Text The following piece was collected from a twenty woman from San Jose, CA. The woman will hereafter be referred to as the “Informant”, and I the “Collector”. Informant: “I used to do something as a kid and..haha…I still do it now. Haha I don’t know, I guess it stuck around.” Collector: “What do you… Continue Reading »