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Il Malocchio – Italian Evil Eye

Il Malocchio: “In Sicilian culture… there’s something called the Malocchio, which translates to bad eyes. So, it’s the idea that I can look at you and curse you just by looking at you. I can curse you by giving you some kind of eyes. Like you stick two fingers out, your index and your pinkie,… Continue Reading »

A Catholic Tradition Honoring My Mother

Nationality: American Primary Language: English Other Language(s): Spanish Age: 20 Residence: New York City, USA Performance Date: April 13, 2017 (Skype)   Mike is a 20 year old man, born and raised in New York, who is a mobile phone salesman in New York City. He is a high school graduate whose family is of Puerto… Continue Reading »

Cross yourself when you speak of the dead

“When you’re talking about someone who died, you have to do the sign of the cross after you say something, especially if you said something bad.”   My informant comes from an Irish-American Catholic family. Crossing oneself is a common gesture within this community, especially when talking of the dead. Although Catholics don’t technically believe… Continue Reading »