Tag Archives: iran


BURNING ESPHAND

MAIN PIECE: Informant: So my grandma does this a lot and I actually just asked her for clarification about it, but… A lot of the time when I was younger, and especially now, I’ll like wake up and the house will smell like… Smoke… It smells like burnt popcorn, almost? And it’s not like a… Continue Reading »

“NĀRANJ O TORANJ” AND A TROLL IN THE WELL

MAIN PIECE: Informant: I am gonna be live remembering this… So what I know is it’s called “Nāranj o Toranj.” And nāranj… Means like… Orange, kind of? I think? I have no idea what toranj means. But maybe that’s a name. Um… But there’s something to do with it… So there’s this prince. And his… Continue Reading »

Nowruz

Main Piece: The following conversation is transcribed from a conversation between me (HS) and my co-worker/informant (MK). HS: So can you tell me about the Persian New Year? MK: Of course! So we celebrate the beginning our our spring as the beginning of our new year. We call it Persian New Year or “Nowruz,” which… Continue Reading »

Yaldā

Main Piece: The following conversation is transcribed from a conversation between me (HS) and my co-worker/informant (MK). HS: So can you tell me about Yaldā? MK: So it’s the beginning of the winter. So in the winter, nights are going to be longer and days are going to be shorter. They say the night is… Continue Reading »

“Cheshm Zadan” (The Evil Eye) – Persian Superstition

Description of Informant NV (75) is a retired school teacher born in Abadan, Iran. She went to boarding school in England from 1956-1963, moving to American for college afterward. She always remembers her arrival in the states, as it was the day before Kennedy was assassinated. Currently, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area,… Continue Reading »