Tag Archives: Mexican


Los Ninos Heroes de Chapultepec

Background: The informant was told this legend by his grandfather.  Transcript:  DO: Ok so from what I recall they were basically the child heroes who were stationed at Chapultepec castle to defend it from invaders, and they successfully repelled the invaders at the cost of their lives, and are honored on the back of some… Continue Reading »

Grapes and Red Underwear on New Years Eve

Context: MV is a 2nd generation Mexican-American from New Mexico. Half of her family is of Japanese-Mexican descent and much of her extended family lives in Mexico. I received this story from her in a video conference call from our respective homes. Her aunt taught her this and said it’s a Venezuelan tradition. Text: MV:… Continue Reading »

“Dios en mi. El en ti, la sangre de cristo, me alibre de ti” Mexican proverb and narrative

Main Piece Informant: My grandma tells me this story about a lady who lived three towns over when she was living in Mexico. There was a time when bulls got out and were running through the streets because they escaped, and this woman was in the streets and caught off guard and a bull was… Continue Reading »

Rubbing the belly of a pregnant woman to absolve it of “El mal de ojo” or bad energy

Main Piece Informant: This one is weird because strangers can just come up to you and ask to rub your belly. It happened to me. If a woman has an impure thought or is envious when they see a pregnant woman, usually it is about them not being able to have a child, they ask… Continue Reading »

Red Yarn to Cure Hiccups and Colic in Babies

Main Piece Interviewer: Where did you learn it from? Informant: My first daughter was super sensitive to colic and hiccups and really her digestive system. She got hiccups all the time, and I didn’t know what to do with it, you can’t have a baby hold your breath they’re a baby. So I called my… Continue Reading »