Although most of the young and adult women I have spoken with do not call fire “kojkol,” they do have a special relationship with the fire they light or with the firewood stove they built, compared to their gas stove. Juana, a 40-year-old woman, said she does talk with her firewood stove while making tortillas; she talks about her problems. I asked her if she did the same thing with the gas stove and she answered laughing:
No, I do not talk to it.
This photo was taken on March, 2019 during participant observation.
Emilia Ruvalcaba de la Garza, "Fire Talk With Me", contributed by Emilia Ruvalcaba de la Garza, STS Infrastructures, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 19 August 2019, accessed 26 May 2022. https://stsinfrastructures.org/content/fire-talk-me