Tag Archives: magic


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 »

An Italian Cure For Warts

Background: My grandmother (and my informant) learned this folk remedy in her twenties when her mother-in-law, who was born in Italy, noticed my grandma had warts on her hand. It was something she taught me as a young child, and although I’ve never tried it, she claims she did and the warts on her hands… Continue Reading »

The Parking Prayer

Background: This short prayer was passed to my informant from her godmother’s great grandmother, who lived in long beach California, and was of western European descent. She claims that it has worked “98% of the time,” which is why she loves it. Context: The informant takes this prayer very seriously, hardly ever sharing it with… Continue Reading »

Nazar Utarna

Context & Background: The informant is an old lady from Rajasthan (north India) and my late grandfather’s family friend, and she explains the tradition of warding off bad spirits or bad luck from a person. Performance: (via phone call) The act of purifying or taking away the bad spirit is called “Nazar Utarna”. Translation: Remove… Continue Reading »