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Starla Eckhardt, TA: Danny Cardoza, Sec 001, 28 March 2015, Interview Assignment #31While learning about different cultures during class, I often think that certain practices are strange, but I consider that this is because they are from a culture different than mine, so this makes sense. However, because we are in a classroom setting, it seems that we suspend our disbelief due to the academic nature of these discoveries and the evidence provided. We are expecting to learn strange new things, and so our minds may be a little more open than a friends who is hearing about it from one of their peers for the first time. Thus, I felt as if I had less support to back me up. Further, the fact that I had only read one article/seen one movie on each topic made me a little less secure in sharing my understanding and bias with members of my peer group. However, as I practiced explaining the "bizarre things" in each culture and found items that I wanted to focus on, I not only spoke more concisely, but I found that my opinions and mastery of the concepts themselves became more stable and educated.My first concept that I described to all of my subjects was from Haitian culture that I read about in Gino Del Guercio's "The Secrets of Haiti's Living Dead." I had watched a documentary about this occurrence in Haiti many years ago and it had stuck. I still found it weird and creepy, but it almost made sense to me and seemed one of the easiest to explain. In my first interview, Peter Rabbit stated that it was "An interesting business practice," though "Very unethical" (Rabbit). When I asked him if something like this could happen in America or if it seemed restricted to Haitian culture, he replied, "With the world the way it is, things could happen anywhere. So, if someone wanted to do that, they could do that, but when they get caught, they're in trouble—just like eating people" (Rabbit). My next interview, with Tillie Marie, seemed a bit more informed, but her "Initial reaction" was "Oh, come on, that's not real," but she admitted that "People have been known to do more horrible things" (Marie) and that something like it could likely easily happen in rural, less developed areas, especially in the past. She even believed that
Starla Eckhardt, TA: Danny Cardoza, Sec 001, 28 March 2015, Interview Assignment #32it had been "Historically documented" and that she "Knows that's where the zombie legends come from" (Marie).Another interview with Myrna Nicole's first statement was "That's kinda messed up" (Nicole). She admitted that "The drug is kinda cool because... you could totally just pull a whole Romeo and Juliet on anybody—well, minus the actual dying part, of course. That's—that's not right" (Nicole). One of her statements in relation to the fact that it was still happening and that some people might look the other way was "I can't even wrap my brain around this" (Nicole). I likened it to the Bloody Mary legend, and she stated that she had "Fears of being buried alive" and that "That's really weird" (Nicole). The last person I interviewed had heard of it and even