Tag Archives: spirits


Ghosts and staircases

Background: I asked about the informant’s background with Pacific Islanders and how they heard about it to which they responded, “I work with a lot of Filipino coworkers, I have friends who are various nationalities, I know some Indoneseians, I know some Fijians, Samoans, Hawaiians. And they all have similar, like, the one consistent thing… Continue Reading »

Salt After Funeral

Description: After a funeral, people would put salt on themselves in order to keep spirits out of their home. Background: The informant observed the ritual from his mother. Transcript: ML: My mom puts salt on herself before entering the house after a funeral. Me: Is there a reason that your mom does that? ML: I… Continue Reading »

The Warding Effects of Garlic

Main Piece: During many traditional Korean commemorative ceremonies called jesa (제사), there is a part where a family’s ancestors are honored by being “brought in” through an open door and allowed to dine on the food first before the family that prepared it. Once it is time for the meal to be eaten by the… Continue Reading »

Grogh – Armenian Pagan Spirit and Curse Word

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 »