The Folklore of Maine

The Folklore of Maine

The Folklore of Maine

The Folklore of Maine

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This is not a scholarly book in the pedantic sense nor is it intended to be one. Neither is it a complete collection of Maine folklore. Rather, it is a selection of tales, beliefs, superstitions, songs, and customs of people of English-speaking stock in Maine. It is a book that attempts to give illustrations of most of the major aspects of folklore that are, or have been within the last twenty years, extant in the state. Undoubtedly some aspects, dear to the heart of a reader, will have been left out. If such is the case, the author hopes sincerely that the critic will see fit to fill the vacant spaces.

Originally it was intended that this work should be representative of all the various peoples that inhabit the state, but this soon became impracticable. Such a work would have been entirely too large, if a complete sampling of all the nationalities in the state were to be adequately represented, and anything less would have been pointless.

To many people folklore consists of curious, useless material to be gathered much as some people collect old oxbows and buggy wheels, well-used wooden sinks and wagon seats to fill their homes with picturesque "antiques." Actually it is far more than this. It embraces such diverse aspects of culture as art, architecture, occupation, religion, superstition, myth, legend, song, dance, riddles, weather lore, language, games and food, to mention only a few. The body of folklore in a given community shapes the culture of that area just as much as law and economics. In understanding this ma-

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