Tag Archives: safety


Superstition: Don’t Play With Matches, ‘Cause You’ll Pee the Bed

Main Piece:  “Don’t play with matches, cause you’ll pee the bed. Yeah, that was a major way of disciplining me when I was a kid. So that I wouldn’t play with matches when I was a kid.” Background: My informant experienced this almost as a threat that his parents would make in order to make… Continue Reading »

The Valge Laev (The White Ship) Of Estonia

Informant’s Background: The informant, in this case, is my mother, M, who was a first generation immigrant born to an Estonian family in the North-East of Canada. Her family had escaped from occupied Estonia, and had settled in Canada before she was born. She moved with my father to Los Angeles, in the United States,… Continue Reading »

Car Rituals dealing with Hazard Avoidance – Automobile Superstitions

Description of Informant PV (52) is a pharmacist and businesswoman from St. Louis, Missouri. Raised in a Persian household, PV spent some of her early childhood between the US and Iran, prior to the revolution. For the last two decades, PV has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area. —  Context of Interview The informant,… Continue Reading »

“Last Run”

Context: The following informant (S) is a 20 year old bike/ski enthusiast. He explains the avoidance of the words “last run” while skiing and the bad luck it can bring to the end of the day. The conversation took place when I asked the informant of any superstitions he held. The informant told me he… Continue Reading »