Last month I went to cape cod to visit my Portuguese grandmother.
When I got there, I was introduced to my great aunt; a woman I had never met before. She acted very aloof and didn't interact much. My family, normally a very warm European and traditional group, seemed tense and uneasy around this woman.
She seemed to stay up all night and preferred to take meals alone. When I left with my mother, this aunt pulled me aside and accused me of shaming her, very loudly. She said, "you should have everything sweet taken from you." My mother just laughed uncomfortably and rushed us out of there. Since then, we haven't talked about it.
Cut to today and everything with sugar in it tastes like fish oil. I think I've been cursed by a witch? or perhaps my whole family has been gripped by this woman in some way? I'm not even sure where to begin with this one.
any insight, /x/?
>Other aspects of Portuguese folk religion were not approved by the official church, including witchcraft, magic, and sorcery. Formal religion, folk beliefs, and superstition were frequently jumbled together, and in the popular mind all were part of being Roman Catholic. Particularly in the isolated villages of northern Portugal, belief in witches, witchcraft, and evil spirits was widespread. Some persons believed in the concept of the "evil eye" and feared those who supposedly possessed it. Again, women were the main practitioners. Almost every village had its "seers," practitioners of magic, and "healers."
Eh, even if I'm just imagining the fish oil taste, that doesn't explain why/how this woman showed up claiming to be my aunt when I've never heard of her and the rest of my family regarded her as a stranger.
I know, however, that I'm not topically susceptible to suggestion. If not for that, I would be more likely to accept that I'm just imagining the taste.
What's your point?
My grandmother could just as easily be from Arizona and this situation would still be fucked. The fact that my family has ties to a country/culture that has a richer history than America's just puts this thing in context.
Everybody thinks they aren't susceptible to suggestion.
I'll humor you though because the worst I can do is waste my own time. Two or three things I need from you an indepth description of this aunt? Also did she have any strange accent, was she supposed to be portugese as well?
Next I need a better description of how you offended her?
Finally I need what she said to you about the sweetness in as close to the original wording as possible( I assume it wasn't in english so do your best translation) this might be important.
Like I mentioned, she was very withdrawn and disinterested in me or anyone else. She sat on the corner of a bed in a sideroom glowering at nothing through the doorway. She had a reasonably neat demeanor, save for a yellow tooth. She wore silver rings, but nothing about her was too different from my other relatives that come straight from Europe.
However, she did speak Spanish, but that also didn't stand out too much because I've had other aunts and cousins by marriage that spoke Spanish or Italian.
What she said to me, as exactly as I can remember it, was "y que la dulzura morirà de su vida, mijo."
As for how I insulted/shamed her... I have no idea. We didn't interact directly or encounter each other alone before that moment when she pulled me aside.
Hmm, your best bet would be going to a practicioner of most any religion/spirituality and get them to do a purifying ritual or a blessing. If you're religious then I'd say go with that however if you aren't a wiccan or ceremonial magician would probably be more willing to do a full ritual than say a pastor.
In the meantime I'd burn incense (but preferably sage) around your house but espescially where you and others sleep. Chuck a pinch of salt over your left shoulder while you're at it.
This is pretty general advice but without knowing who or what she is and how she did it I can't give any more.
got a little extra fluff?
carrying around a few million unnecessary calories?
>guys a person who lives in a non-english speaking country, who speaks a language with a different syntax than my own tried to convey a thought to me, and my life is so laughable that i misinterpreted it as a paranormal curse
This, your initial translation was pretty bad.
Could you transcribe the "You ashamed me" part in spanish, exactly how she said it? Maybe she meant something different.
Also have you thought that she may not like you (or your parents) and is putting fish oil in your food to mess up with you?
most rational explaination. she's from a country where being fat is bad. she sees what her familia has become while living in burgr-faceb-instagarmastan, and naturally is disappoint, but because she's familia, tries to make her better herself WITH MAGIC
I woke up this morning only to find every dish in the kitchen covered in this black dust. It tastes like charcoal.
I'm not fat, although I am tall and used to play football so I do have a bulky build from my days of a college weight room.
We live two hours away, she hasn't been to our house. And the "you shamed me" part was in English.
>richer history than America's
so some humans move a few thousand miles on the speck of rock they live on and everything is SO DIFFERENT
She sounds like an asshole with influence over the people around her. It's reasonable to ask her to explain any hostile actions and if she acts unreasonable, slap her shit. It's a reasonable consequence of her actions, if you lean on someone or crowd them without respecting them then you get laid out like a rug.
My initial translation wasn't bad? The literal translation is, of course, different from the actual meaning of what she said. And I say that not just as someone reading into shit, but as a fluent speaker of Spanish.
That's a pretty standard response to unfamiliar substances, isn't it? Interacting with each of the primary senses until you can identify the substance is the simplest way to figure it out.