Category Archives: Gestation, birth, and infancy

Generally up to the first year.


Rings predicts the gender of a baby

Background: The informant has a daughter. LR: There is some belief that if you put a ring on a piece of string and you hold it over a pregnant woman’s belly, it spins or swings, and if it swings it’s a girl and if it spins it’s a boy. We did it because our baby… Continue Reading »

Superstition: Die Schlusskartoffel

Main Piece:  “Here’s another quirky story and I don’t know where it came from. I knew this really old man near the Czech Republic. And I would have dinner with this person periodically and, of course, the food is really heavy, so you’ve got pork, and boiled potatoes, and things like that. And after the… Continue Reading »

Ghost Story: Cursed Tomb

Main Piece:  “If there’s a woman and she’s pregnant with a kid, if she dies and gets buried, there’s a possibility that the kid is still alive. The tomb will be cursed and the kid will still live and grow and live in the tomb. And the village where the tomb is won’t receive any… Continue Reading »

Practical Joke: Putting Butter on Your Nose

Main Piece:  “So, the other thing that is family folklore that my dad probably did to you was- he said it was a French-Canadian custom to try and catch the birthday person… if it’s your birthday, he’s going to try and catch you and put butter on your nose. Which is really disgusting. And sometimes… Continue Reading »

Celebration of Survival- Infant Edition

Main Performance: The Dol (돌) is the celebration of an infant’s first birthday in South Korea. Childbirth and its complications in an impoverished country without advances in medicine and temperamental weather patterns meant that many children did not survive long past birth. Many children were kept in-doors as a means of protection and as a… Continue Reading »