Tag Archives: Superstition


Crow Heralding Visitors

Context: The following is an account from the informant, my father. He was introduced to  this during his childhood while travelling to his grandmother’s village. Background: This information was about a common superstition that he heard from his grandmother when he arrived at her house. Upon his arrival with his brother, his grandmother exclaimed that… Continue Reading »

Lifting Your Legs Over Train Tracks for Good Luck

Context: The informant and I were driving in the car when we passed over train tracks and she told me the piece. The piece was collected in its natural performance setting. Background: The informant is my mother, who is a third generation Irish immigrant. She learned the piece as a child from her parents who… Continue Reading »

Not Eating the Last Bit: An American Superstition

Background: The informant is my mother, who is a third generation Irish immigrant from Bridgeport, CT. She learned the superstition from her mother and has vehemently abided by it ever since.  Context: The following piece was collected in a casual, in-person interview at the informant’s home in San Diego, CA.  Piece:  Informant: “I can’t eat… Continue Reading »