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You will leave the world empty-handed – Arabic Story

Context: He heard this story in the 1960s from a family member of the man who passed away (منكو, pronounced “Mango” despite the “k” sound). The burial took place in Amman, Jordan, and said that “people talked about it for two decades but still old people in my age remember the story and talk about… Continue Reading »

Maui Harnessing the Sun

Informant Context: James has lived in many locations internationally, including Cosa Rica, Mexico, and Nepal. His family is located in Hawaii, where he will often visit during his breaks from school. He is a student in London, United Kingdom, studying fashion.  Transcript: JAMES: Obviously I am not native Hawaiian, but having spent some time there—especially… Continue Reading »

The Man With the Coconuts

Context The following story comes from my friend who enjoys telling me about various Philipino folktales that she heard from her parents when she was younger. ———————————————————————————————————— Performance The following is a transcription of the story told to me. “So there’s this man with a bunch of coconuts and he’s loading them all up on… Continue Reading »

The Black Stallion and Creature With Three Red Eyes: Don’t Walk Alone at Midnight in Guatemala

I heard this legend while many of my housemates were gathered around a table and drinking. The first time the speaker shared this story, he mentioned that his grandfather never drank after he saw a red-eyed figure in Guatemala. When I asked him to retell his story for collection, he gave much more detail about… Continue Reading »