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March Winds And April Showers: Country Weather Lore, The Folklore Of Devon, Thanksgiving And Harvest, The Folklore Of Wiltshire, Here be Dragons, In Search of Lost Gods: A Guide to British Folklore, Gentle Giants -OSI, Everyday Life Of The Maya, Warrior Kings of Saxon England, Lost Village: Rural Life Between the Wars
No description available, The sight of people performing actions that seem superficially strange prompts an inquiry into not only what they are doing but why In the context of folklore the participants often do not know the answer They are repeating a ritual inherited from generations of ancestors and often the explanations they give are decidedly garbled By probing deep however it is usually possible to discover some grain of logic behind what may seem to be absurd behviour or belief br br Civilization tends to be a rather thin veneer concealing a mass of primitive instincts and atavistic memories Christianity is one of a succession of religions in which men have sought for an explanation of the mysteries of life and death Arriving comparatively late in historfy it grafted its basic tenets on age old beliefs and customs which were too powerful to eradicate br br A student of folklore encounters a number of strata of religious beliefs and practices associated with a succession of invaders Vikings Anglo Saxons Romans Celts all overlying a basic animism A constant figure in ancient mythology was the Earth Mother still remembered in the Corn Goddess or Kern Baby whose image in straw is fashioned to celebrate the climax of harvest The celebration of Samhain when the Otherworld becomes temporarily entangled with our own survives in Hallowe en though Christianized as All Saint s Day and with its liveliest features notably bonfires dispersed over the calendar The Horn Dance still performed at Abbots Bromley the West Country legends of fairies and pixies the mumming plays and the Morris dancers and dim recollections of initiation rites into secret orders as at the Weyhill Horn Supper take us back to primeval days br br In this book the distinguished author of a number of volumes on folklore surveying the field attempts to inspire readers to look further for themselves confident that they will arrive at a deeper undestanding of human behaviour, No description available, No description available