superhero baseball. (acidpop25) wrote in little_details,
superhero baseball.

Chinese myths/superstitions regarding albinism.

I have a Chinese woman in her mid-twenties who has OCA1a type albinism. In other words, essentially no pigment in skin, hair, and eyes. I've found plenty of good information regarding the physical nature of the condition, but I'm having trouble getting culture-specific myths/superstitions/misconceptions. I've mostly been finding general things, like, 'many cultures believe people with albinism have supernatural powers,' but what I need are specific beliefs in China. If they differ by region, I'm flexible on what part of the country she comes from.

The story is in a modern world with magic, so I can fudge a bit, but I'd prefer to ground the attitudes of people around her in real myths as much as possible. Legends and stuff now considered outdated are fine, since I may still be able to adapt it to the story's world. Also, now that I think about it, if anyone has anything on this that's UK-specific, that would also be helpful, as a later part of the story takes place in London.

Terms searched: various permutations of "albinism," "albino," "myths," "superstitions," "misconceptions," "legends," "china." I also read the wiki entry on albinism and looked through tags on this comm.
Tags: china: folklore, ~medicine (misc)
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