Primitive Beliefs In The Northeast Of Scotland

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The Magic Of Coin Trees From Religion To Recreation

Author : Ceri Houlbrook
ISBN : 9783319755175
Genre : History
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This book traces the history of ritual landscapes in the British Isles, and the transition from religious practice to recreation, by focusing on a highly understudied exemplar: the coin-tree. These are trees imbued with magical properties into which coins have been ritually embedded. This is a contemporary custom which can be traced back in the literature to the 1700s, when it was practiced for folk-medical and dedicatory purposes. Today, the custom is widespread, with over 200 coin-trees distributed across the British Isles, but is more akin to the casual deposition of coins in a wishing-well: coins are deposited in the tree in exchange for wishes, good luck, or future fortune. Ceri Houlbrook contributes to the debate on the historic relationships between religion, ritual, and popular magic in British contexts from 1700 to the present.
Category: History

The Ballad And The Folk Rle Folklore

Author : David Buchan
ISBN : 9781317552895
Genre : Social Science
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The ballad is an enduring and universal literary genre. In this book, first published in 1972, David Buchan is concerned to establish the nature of a ballad and of the people who produced it through a study of the regional tradition of the Northeast of Scotland, the most fertile ballad area in Britain. His account of this tradition has two parallel aims, one specifically literary – to investigate the ballad as oral literature – and one broadly ethnographic – to set the regional tradition in its social context. Dr Buchan applies the interesting and important work which has recently been done on oral tradition in Europe on the relationship of the ballad to society to his study of this particular part of Scotland. He examines a nonliterate society to discover what factors besides nonliteracy helped foster its ballad tradition. He analyses the processes of composition and transmission in the oral ballad, and considers the changes which removed nonliteracy, altered social patterns, and seriously affected the ballad tradition. By demonstrating how people who could neither read nor write were able to compose literature of a high order, David Buchan provides a convincing explanation of the ballad’s perennial appeal and an answer to the ‘ballad enigma’. His book is also a valuable study in social history of this culturally distinct region, the Northeast of Scotland.
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Bloody Scottish History Aberdeen

Author : Elma McMenemy
ISBN : 9780750951555
Genre : History
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Aberdeen has been inhabited for 8,000 years, since the first Hunter-Gatherers settled on the banks of the River Dee. 4,000 years later, Bronze Age peoples left their mark on the landscape by constructing a huge number of recumbent stone circles, once thought to be places of sacrifice. Invaders including Celts, Romans and Vikings met violent, bloody resistance, and the victorious Roman army left thousands of Caledonian corpses for the crows following the Battle of Mons Graupius. From the slaughter of Aberdeen Castle’s English garrison (part of a citizens’ uprising in support of Robert the Bruce) to all-out assaults on the city by Kings, Royalists and Nazis, no century has left the city unmarked. Plague, wars, clan feuds, murderers, witches, covenanters and slavers – all have stained the silver city red with blood!
Category: History

Poltergeist Over Scotland

Author : Geoff Holder
ISBN : 9780752492292
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In 1945 the celebrated psi-researcher Harry Price published Poltergeist over England, popularising the word poltergeist (German for ‘noisy ghost’) and making famous the kind of physical haunting characterised by thrown objects, mysterious noises, and damage by fire or water. Now, for the first time, an astonishing array of historical Scottish poltergeist cases are gathered together, from the Middle Ages to the modern period - unearthing many episodes that have remained neglected for centuries. Some were no doubt hoaxes, but in others, multiple witnesses testified to disturbing events enacted over months. Whatever the true cause of the events, the historical evidence from Scotland suggests that poltergeist phenomena is undoubtedly real.
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The Triumph Of The Moon

Author : Ronald Hutton
ISBN : 9780198827368
Genre : History
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A fully updated new edition of Ronald Hutton's classic history of modern pagan witchcraft, published to mark the twentieth anniversary of this landmark text. Triumph of the Moon presents an authoritative insight into an aspect of modern cultural history which has attracted sensational publicity but has hitherto been little understood.
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Scottish Life And Society Religion

Author : Colin MacLean
ISBN : UOM:39015066860035
Genre : History
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This major project comprises fourteen thematically arranged volumes. The aim of the Compendium is to examine the interlocking strands of history and traditional culture that go into the making of a national identity, in an up-to-date synthesis of the current state of knowledge. By bringing together information from a variety of sources, the Compendium not only provides a digest of topics, but also points towards areas for new investigation. The Compendium concentrates upon the present and the historical period and does not generally deal with prehistory, although for certain themes, such as the development of agriculture and buildings, early evidence is taken into account. Where appropriate, reference is made to foreign parallels and to the influence on Scotland of the cultures of neighbouring peoples. Scottish influence on the world at large is also taken into account, whether in relation to urban or rural, maritime or land-based topics. Material and non-material aspects of history and tradition are considered equally, at all levels of society, indeed oftentimes focusing on the interaction between people of differing social strata
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Illegitimacy Sex And Society

Author : Andrew Blaikie
ISBN : UVA:X002422137
Genre : Psychology
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This is an original and illuminating study of illegitimacy in relation to Scottish social and religious life and social structure. It has relevance for the current debate on levels of unmarried parenthood.Blaikie provides an outline of areas of debate and a critical review of the relevant literature, both on historical sociology and on illegitimacy in Scotland. He analyses the social discussion and remedies of the time, and concentrates upon a historical investigation of the social context ofillegitimacy in the Banffshire parish of Rothiemay. Illegitimacy is found to be synonymous with a variety of social conditions, for example, a shortage of leasehold accommodation, and to be well integrated into the norms of local society.Blaikie tests and analyses primary sources of demographic and sociological data, and uses much of his documentary archives and data in hitherto unexamined and intensive ways.
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ISBN : UVA:X006106626
Genre : Myth
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Southern Folklore Quarterly

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ISBN : IND:30000103844118
Genre : Folk-lore
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Includes section "Book reviews."
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A Handbook Of The Scottish Gaelic World

Author : Michael Newton
ISBN : IND:30000078377995
Genre : History
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A Handbook of Scottish Gaelic Culture provides, for the first time, an overview of Scotland's indigenous Celtic society, including many primary sources which have never previously been edited or translated. This presentation of materials allows the reader to appreciate Gaelic culture from its own point of view in its proper cultural context. Gaeldom is the heir to the deeply rooted Celtic societies of Scotland. During the early medieval period, an elite culture common to Scotland and Ireland flourished and developed political and intellectual institutions. After the disruption of the Viking Age, the MacDonald Lords of the Isles cultivated a renaissance of Gaelic culture in a stable principality. Yet, in the last several centuries, Gaelic culture and language have been suppressed and stigmatized as primitive and doomed for extinction. The premises of these stereotypes are re-examined with a post-colonial outlook that places Gaeldom in a wider cross-cultural context. This book investigates the general features of Gaelic clan society in the latter medieval period as well as its responses to institutionalized Anglicization since the mid-eighteenth century. Poetry, songs, and tales, supplemented by the accounts of insiders and travellers, illuminate the traditional way of life. The oral tradition, social organization, morality, sense of place, ecology, cosmology, music, and the role of language are examined. This is an essential and accessible source-book for scholars, students, and all enthusiasts of Scottish culture.
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Marriage And Society

Author : R. B. Outhwaite
ISBN : UVA:X000356054
Genre : Marriage
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Paganism Today

Author : Charlotte Hardman
ISBN : UVA:X004021019
Genre : Religion
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The number of practising Pagans is increasing dramatically, but still Paganism is shrouded in a cloak of fear and misunderstanding. This collection of views from a wide range of Pagans and academics reflects the diversity of traditions and thinking that characterize modern Paganism.
Category: Religion