Slovenian, and some German, Superstitions, Customs and Others, 1971  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Slovenian, and some German, Superstitions, Customs and Others
1971 (inclusive)
0.04 linear feet
Collection Number
Nancy Beplat was a student of folklore at the University of Oregon. This collection includes an essay and fieldwork documentation relating to this student's folklore fieldwork project.
University of Oregon, Archives of Northwest Folklore
1287 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon
Telephone: 541-346-3925
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for access in accordance with Archives of Northwest Folklore policy.


Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Collection does not include a project release form signed by the collector.

Restrictions on Use

Collection is open for use in accordance with Archives of Northwest Folklore policy.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Master sheetReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

EssayReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

Folklore textsReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

Container(s) Description
Superstitions and Popular Belief
Charm to keep the "striga" (personal demon) away
Defining sex of child before birth
Not drinking beer, or wine, and nursing a baby at same time
Connection between long hair and little minds of women
Slavs' "two sides": The help of a priest with prayers is not enough; it is better to try supernatural ways afterwards also
Kitchen is a woman's place
Woman's influence on growth of vegetable garden
Planting at full moon
How to insure fertility of fields (priest's blessing, blood of lamb, leave some crops standing when harvesting)
All work in the fields to be done "clockwise motion"
Behavior of cows predict weather
Women are not allowed to look directly at another person
Magic -Witchcraft
The "striga" -one's own personal demon, and how to keep it away
Memorats -Reminiscences
Story of how to tell if a Priest is honest and doesn't tell the police what has been confessed. (probably happened in Yugoslavia)
Several short accounts of how people in Europe believe "golden America" to be like.
Short anecdote about old Slav who had 5 children
"Golden America" --Story describes" myth of American streets being paved with gold, and a young peasant immigrating believing it
"Throwing the eyes" --how a woman catches a man and marries him
Folksaying said to a girl at the beginning of puberty
Terms for describing pregnancy ("this is baking well")
Yugoslavian wedding customs (dowry, bride-price, length of celebration, gifts)
Yugoslavian custom of ignoring woman's advanced pregnant condition, but asking only man about it
German and Slavic death and funeral customs
Burning extra lights for the dead
Christening Slavic traditions
Social drinking at home, and importance of home-made wine
Gestures (Slavic)
Phallic arm gesture
Hand symbol against evil eye
Sending the devil-- hand signal
Recipes and food (Slavic)
"Zaladija" (head-cheese); usually fixed at Easter time
Pigs, lamb, calves testicles
"Bakalaj" (dried codfish and olive oil); served Christmas and Easter
Folk medicine
Advice for woman who didn't conceive (herbs, dead frogs parts necklace)
Olive oil (cure-all)

Interview transcriptReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

Sound recordingsReturn to Top

Description Dates
T01_1971_320: Nancy Beplat Interview Sound Recordings
1.0 sound tape reel (analog)
7 inches
7 inches
Sound recordings in this collection are available as digital audio files in the archives.
August 1971

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • anecdotes
  • Danish-American
  • folk beliefs
  • folk medicine
  • folk speech
  • German
  • gestures
  • Magic
  • Personal narratives
  • recipes
  • ritual
  • Slavic, Slovenian (Yugoslav)
  • Sound recordings
  • superstitions
  • Tales
  • Personal Names :
  • Beplat, Willy
  • Klobas, John
  • Klobas, Joy
  • Geographical Names :
  • Bend (Or.)
  • Bremen (Germany)
  • Oshkosh (Wis.)
  • Yugoslavia
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Fieldwork project