I’m from Raleigh, NC…USA. It’s not bad, kinda boring mid-sized town that’s getting a lot of out of state/ out of country families, yuppies, runaways, etc. lately and the city is trying to expand and plan for it… by demolishing affordable housing (cool ghetto) and building condos and McMansions… then the housing bubble collapsed, so everyone is extremely homeless or living in really shitty housing right now. But yeah, it’s good mix of North and South (mostly south), and all east coast attitude.
But a lot old money and conservative values are rampant. If you look different and not know anybody, it’s extremely hard to get a job or be in school, b/c they will think you’re a drug addled creep. If you drive 10 miles in any direction, you will be in bumfuck town. There are quarries and lakes out in the rural areas, and quite honestly peacefulness and fun camping. Appalachian Mountains on the west and Atlantic Ocean beaches to the east. The food here is also super yummy and good. NC BBQ is dank, lots of small immigrant communities make great restaurants (Salvadorian, Honduran, Vietnamese, Thai, French, Russian, Polish) and cool cultural enclaves.
Drugs are rampant, even the hard ones. Drug abuse and addiction is very present, but so is straight edge/ sobriety. There are multiple colleges around, the major schools are NC state, UNC in Chapel Hill. It’s a very mediocre town, but the artists around here are trying to develop the peoples’ taste and teach them to appreciate shit. Hardcore punk and metal are somewhat thriving. Raving/Dancing parties have hula hoop girls and fire spinning now. Sadly, there is hardly a zine community here.
I also almost got beaten up, when I said, “Dubstep sucks!!!”
Mirrors and superstition
There are many legends and superstitions surrounding mirrors. Mirrors are said to be a reflection of the soul, and they were often used in traditional witchcraft as tools for scrying or performing other spells. It is also said that mirrors cannot lie. They can show only the truth, so it is a bad omen to see something in a mirror which should not be there. Also there is a legend that a newborn child should not see a mirror until its first birthday as its soul is still developing. If the child sees its reflection it is said that it will die.
It is a common superstition that someone who breaks a mirror will receive seven years of bad luck. The reason for this belief is that the mirror is believed to reflect part of the soul. Therefore, breaking a mirror will break part of the soul. However, the soul is said to regenerate every seven years, thus coming back unbroken. To prevent a broken mirror from reflecting a broken soul during the seven-year interim, one of many rituals must be performed. Two alternatives include grinding the broken mirror to dust (perhaps the easiest approach) or burying the mirror. It is also said that tapping the broken mirror on a gravestone seven times will allow the soul to heal. However, if the mirror is both touched to the gravestone and buried, the bad luck will remain. The only course of action for one in this position is to dig up the mirror and grind it to dust. This dust must be sprinkled around the same gravestone on which the mirror was initially tapped.
There is a Buddhist belief that negative spirits will enter houses through the door if they have triangular-shaped roofs. Hanging a small circular mirror in front of the door will prevent the bad spirits from entering.
In days past, it was customary in the southern United States to cover the mirrors in a house where the wake of a deceased person was being held. It was believed that the person’s soul would become trapped in a mirror if it was left uncovered. This practice is still followed in other countries (e.g., Romania), extending to everything that could reflect the deceased person’s face (such as TVs and appliances). Another explanation given is that the devil will appear in the reflection of the dead. Mirrors falling from walls or otherwise breaking or cracking mysteriously were said to be haunted. A similar custom existed in Greece, in the belief that use of mirrors is a sign of vanity that does not become mourning. (Other Greek mourning customs include not playing music, not entertaining guests, and using no festive decorations, e.g. on Christmas, during the customary year-long mourning period).
Another superstition claims it is bad luck to have two mirrors facing each other.
A staple of childhood slumber parties is the game Bloody Mary, which involves chanting “Bloody Mary” three times in a darkened room while staring into a mirror. There are many versions of the game, but the general idea is that “Mary” will appear in the mirror and attempt to harm or kill the person who has summoned her. Thanks to a series of popular horror movies based on a supernatural killer who haunted mirrors, the phrase “Candyman” may be substituted for Mary.