The Hallowed Eve: Dimensions of Culture in a Calendar


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    This folklore research was carried out in rural Northern Ireland during the early 1990's Santino an American sociologist and folklorist has written extensively on customs such as Halloween and memorialsshrine in both America and Northern Ireland The first uestion that I asked is what possessed an outsider an American academic to enter such a closed society as the part of Ulster contained in Northern Ireland 3 of the 9 counties of Ulster are in the Republic of Ireland Cavan Monaghan and Donegal during the Troubles? Most of his research was done in rural Ulster parts of which were as dangerous if not so than the streets of Belfast Halloween until a couple of decades ago was only widely celebrated in the United States Immigrants from Ireland including from Ulster brought their customs of carving turnips into jack o lanterns and other practices Halloween comes from the Celtic harvest festival of Samhain Samhain was also the time of year when the divide between the spiritual and physical worlds became porous and spirits such as fairies could slip into our world The traditional festival and the Catholic All Souls and All Saints Days consolidated into Halloween wanted to investigate the customs of Halloween in the north Much of this book delves into customs across the six counties those still practiced in the early 90's as well as those that had faded into oblivion He dug into the archives of the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum as well as other others in University College Dublin's Folklore Archives He also conducted many interviews as well as group conversations when giving lectures around the north He describes in detail the association of Halloween with the harvest as well as a time for divination identifying future husbands was a female activity and mischief by males involving bonfires and fireworks In the early 1970's fireworks were officially banned because of the outbreak of the Troubles Ironically those who often disobeyed the ban were police officers who had firework displays in their backyards as they were somewhat protected from persecution Women's activities occurred indoors and included bobbing for apples apples on strings and of course various games for seeing their future spousesSantino found at least initially that the popular narrative about Halloween was that it was non sectarian but as he dug deeper he found many examples that contradicted this narrative The confounding of Halloween bonfires with Guy Fawkes Night celebrated in England on November 5th was one example As is often the case people in the same communities have conflicting versions of the relationship between the two events Some insisted that Guy Fawkes was an extension of Halloween and this view tended to be common in the Unionist Protestant community Santino also found examples of sectarian violence at Halloween which contradicted the popular narrative that sectarianism wasn't part of HalloweenThis book is an academic text and not written as popular non fiction But for those interested in contemporary Northern Ireland will find both the convergence and divergence in Halloween practices across towns counties and Catholic and Protestant communities of great interest Santino has created a portrait of an aspect of Northern Ireland that is relevant and valuable


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The Hallowed Eve: Dimensions of Culture in a Calendar Festival in Northern Ireland (Irish Literature, History and Culture) ❮Read❯ ➶ The Hallowed Eve: Dimensions of Culture in a Calendar Festival in Northern Ireland (Irish Literature, History and Culture) ➺ Author Jack Santino – Buyprobolan50.co.uk In Northern Ireland Halloween is such a major celebration that it is often called the Irish Christmas A day of family reunions meals and fun Halloween brings people of all ages together with rhyming s In Northern Ireland Halloween is such Eve: Dimensions PDF ↠ a major celebration that it is often called the Irish Christmas A day of family reunions meals and fun Halloween brings people of all ages together with rhyming storytelling family fireworks and community bonfires Perhaps most important it has become a day that transcends the social conflict found in this often troubled nation Through the extensive use of interviews The Hallowed Eve offers a fascinating look at the The Hallowed PDF/EPUB ² various customs both past and present that mark the celebration of the holiday Looking through the lenses of gender ethnicity and religious affiliation Jack Santino examines how the traditions exist in a nonthreatening celebratory way to provide a model of how life could be in Northern Ireland Halloween concludes Santino is a marriage of death and life a joining of cultural opposites indoor and outdoor domesticity and wildness female and male young and old.

  • Hardcover
  • 167 pages
  • The Hallowed Eve: Dimensions of Culture in a Calendar Festival in Northern Ireland (Irish Literature, History and Culture)
  • Jack Santino
  • English
  • 15 July 2014
  • 9780813120812