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Books

Music and Tradition in Early Industrial Lancashire, 1780-1840

— Roger Elbourne, with a foreword by David Martin

The industrial revolution and the massive change it wrought in traditional ways of life are clearly reflected in the traditional music of the period, and Roger Elbourne has used material from the weaving towns of Lancashire to study this change. He begins by looking at the social upheaval of the years from 1780 to 1840,...

Primitive Religion and Healing

— Paul V. A. Williams

This volume in the Mistletoe Series is concerned with contemporary religions and healing practices. Dr Williams spent ten months in the Recôncavo area of north-east Brazil, obtaining first hand information about the popular religion of the area, known as “Candomblé” and the healing practices of its adepts or curandeiros. He begins with a description of the...

Studies in English and Scandinavian Folklore OUT OF PRINT

— Jacqueline Simpson, Edited by Patricia Lysaght and James Grayson

Described as one of the key ‘bridge-builders in international folklore studies,’ Dr Jacqueline Simpson’s contribution to the study of English and Scandinavian folklore is highlighted in this commemorative volume. Drawing on her substantial contribution to Folklore, the journal of The Folklore Society, of which she was Editor for many years, this volume presents a selection of...

The Banished Child

— Clement Abiaziem Okafor

This study of cante-fable narratives collected by Dr Okafor among the Tonga of Southern Zambia selects one long, elaborate tale, ‘The Banished Child’, for a detailed analysis. This story is given in full, in the original and in translation. Okafor discusses the mixture of prose and poetry in such tales, the participation of the audience,...

The English Mumming Play

— Eddie Cass, Michael J. Preston and Paul Smith

British traditional drama has generated fierce scholarly debate, as the 280 works listed in this bibliography can testify. The three authors, all members of the Traditional Drama Research Group, guide us through the vexed questions of mumming’s origins to more sociological investigations. The bibliography draws out the ties with other traditional drama, points to overseas...

The Fate of the Dead

— Theo Brown

When the Protestant reformers of the early sixteenth century attacked Roman Catholic ‘superstitions’, one of the chief areas where differences between the new and old doctrines appeared was over the question of purgatory. The formal and precise Roman Catholic teaching on the fate of the soul after death that had been evolved in the later...

The Hero in Tradition and Folklore

— Edited by Hilda R.E. Davidson (Introduction By Carmen Blacker)

This book looks at the role of the hero in folklore, ranging from the complex figure of St George to the early heroes of the Old Testament and the West Indian trickster Anansi. The hero is considered not only as a warrior, but as a man possessed. Ideas in difference cultures about the exceptional and...

The Jack-in-the-Green

— Roy Judge

“a turning point in folklore studies which showed how much could be learned from a systematic investigation of historical evidence” Ronald Hutton, The Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain The ‘Jack-in-the-Green’, a dancing figure in a foliage-covered wicker shell, is often centre-stage in contemporary May Day celebrations. Many have chosen...