Author Archives: Nina Zumel

Laughter from Empty Rooms: More Stories my Parents Tell Me

My parents tell me more family stories, this time about haunted houses. But what haunts a house? Ghosts, or fairies?

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Stories My Parents Tell Me: Bars of Flaming Swords

I asked my parents to tell me about folk beliefs in the Philippines. In the process, I learned some interesting family stories. "Mom, what do you know about the aswang?" My parents…

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Women on a Quest: The Hawaiian Saga of Pele the Volcano Goddess and Hiiaka

The saga of Pele's youngest sister Hiiaka is a heroic quest across the Hawaiian archipelago. It conveys a perspective of women throughout Hawaiian culture.

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The Pishtaco: Fat-stealing Ghoul of the Andes

This legendary fat-stealer stalks indigenous communities in the rural Andean highlands. In the Peruvian Andes, they say he wanders the roads at night.

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