Tag Archives: Superstitions


The Lake Arrowhead Hand

The following conversation is transcribed from a conversation between me (HS) and my friend/informant (DS). HS: So what’s your take on The Hand? DS: Alright so first of all we’ve gotta explain how this lake story came to be. In water skiing, there are different ways of holding the cable that are more efficient than… Continue Reading »

No Bananas on Board

Main Piece: The following conversation is transcribed from a conversation between me (HS) and my friend/informant (LW). HS: You have a very particular superstition regarding bananas on your sailboat is that true? LW: Yeah. Ever since I started sailing when I was young my instructors have told me to never bring a banana with me… Continue Reading »

Halley’s Comet Superstition

Background: My informant is fond of this superstition because of his love of astronomy. It was passed to him by a friend, who received it from his mother. They lived in Denver, Colorado, at the time. Context: This superstition originated and probably only existed during the passage of Halley’s comet in 1910. The mother of… Continue Reading »

Whistling and Spirits

Context The following collection of this Singapore superstition came about during a routine phone call between me and my grandfather. ———————————————————————————————————— Performance The following is translated and transcribed from a story told by the interviewee. “You cannot whistle at night because you will attract spirit into your home. My father used to tell me that… Continue Reading »

Haunted Theaters and Ghost Lights

My friend shared this story with me and another female friend one night in the kitchen after work. I asked this friend about her haunted house and she later shared that her classmates always left a ‘ghost light’ in the school theater. It was bad luck not to leave a ghost light. This friend also… Continue Reading »