Folklore

Publication covering anthropology and folklore.

Articles from Vol. 114, No. 3, December

Books Received for Review
Baird, Donald. Scottish Traveller Tales: Lives Shaped Through Stories. Jackson, Miss.; University Press of Mississippi, 2002. 240 pp. Illus. US $42.00 (cloth). ISBN 1 57806 450 3. Beisswenger, Drew. Fiddling Way out Yonder: the Life and Music of...
Ethiopian Evil Eye Belief and the Magical Symbolism of Iron Working
Whilst undertaking an archaeological survey in the area around the northern Ethiopian town of Aksum in late 1995 I spotted what appeared to be an obvious short cut on our map. Suggesting to my Ethiopian colleague that we could take this route, he dismissed...
Hospitality at Wakes and Funerals in Ireland from the Seventeenth to the Nineteenth Century: Some Evidence from the Written Record
Abstract Several aspects of mortuary customs in Ireland have already been studied in detail. This paper focuses on the role of hospitality on the occasion of death from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century. Based on a variety of written records,...
Iberian Seventh-Born Children, Werewolves, and the Dragon Slayer: A Case Study in the Comparative Interpretation of Symbolic Praxis and Fairytales [1]
Abstract This article examines an obscure custom found in Iberian ethnography: that of having one's eldest children serve as godparents for their own youngest siblings, starting with the seventh. The paper's main working hypothesis is that this...
Repentant Soul or Walking Corpse? Debatable Apparitions in Medieval England [1]
Abstract This paper examines two sets of medieval English narratives describing encounters with ghosts, those by William of Newburgh and those in a manuscript from Byland Abbey. Both combine theological elements with non-religious features, some...
Sites, Sacredness, and Stories: Interactions of Archaeology and Contemporary Paganism
Abstract Folklore has, until very recently, been at the fringes of archaeological research. Post-processual archaeology has promoted plurality in interpretation, however, and archaeology more widely is required to make itself relevant to contemporary...
Taking Superstitions Seriously [1]
Abstract This paper discusses how the concepts of superstition and tradition are used in current discourse about new religions. A range of different associations are assigned to these concepts which are used to describe the actual religious situation--at...
The "Innocent and Touching Custom" of Maidens' Garlands: A Field Report
Abstract Aspects of garlanding as a popular custom have received little attention in folkloristic scholarship. Funeral garlanding, particularly the creation of flower-decked shrines to commemorate victims of accidents, as in the case of Diana, Pricess...
The Rest on the Flight into Egypt: A Motif in Scandanavian Folk Art
The Legend-Motif Abstract Although there is no biblical account of the "Rest on the Flight into Egypt," the story is well known in the Christian world. In pseudo-Matthew the story has developed into legend form. He tells about the Christ-Child...
Vernacular Religion and Nature: The "Bible of the Folk" Tradition in Newfoundland
Mrs Elizabeth March ... always chewed gum. One night about 18 years ago she put her wad of gum on her bureau and went to bed. The next morning when she went to take up the gum to chew again the gum had changed into a small statue of the Blessed Virgin....
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