Tag Archives: Folk Belief


The Cursed Daughter

CONTEXT/BACKGROUND:The interlocutor (JG) has many relatives living in Mexico and is a first-generation Mexican American themself. The area their family is from is very superstitious about witches, curses, and magic. The following describes one of the stories about curses being put on a member of that community. DESCRIPTION: (told over a phone call)(JG): “Okay-but, so-… Continue Reading »

Witchcraft and Curses in Mexico

CONTEXT/BACKGROUND:The interlocutor (JG) has many relatives living in Mexico and is a first-generation Mexican American themself. The area their family is from is very superstitious about witches, curses, and magic. The following describes one of the stories about the community’s cemeteries acting as a hotspot for placing curses DESCRIPTION: (told over the phone)(JG): “There’s also… Continue Reading »

Color Green Protects Eyes

Background: The transcribed conversation between me and the informant shows folk belief on how to protect eyesight.  Informant: My mom bought a cactus for me… she says it absorbs radiation from computers and cellphones… Me: Does it really? I’ve heard of it before but I don’t think it actually works. Informant: I’m not sure, but… Continue Reading »

High stomach means you’ll have a boy

Conversation between me and the informant explaining this belief which she called an old wives’ tale: Informant: When you’re pregnant, and your stomach is high, you’re gonna have a boy. If it’s low, you’re gonna have a girl. That’s bs, not true at all. Me: Where did you learn it? Informant: I dont know…old ladies…. Continue Reading »

Home remedy for hiccups by drinking a glass of water covered by a napkin

Main Piece: Informant: Basically, you get a full cup of water, and you put a paper towel over the top of the cup. It has to be thick, so like a paper towel or a napkin. And then you have to drink through the paper towel, ten gulps without breathing. Like, big gulps too.  Interviewer:… Continue Reading »