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In Memoriam – Roy Judge, 1929-2000; Barnett Field, 1912-2000; Rudolf Schenda, 1930-2000

In Memoriam – Roy Judge, 1929-2000; Barnett Field, 1912-2000; Rudolf Schenda, 1930-2000 – Obituary George Frampton Roy Judge, 1929-2000 Roy Judge was born in Hastings in 1929, where he attended the local grammar school before being evacuated to St Albans during the Second World War. He went on to St Catherine’s, Oxford, to read History […]

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towards a partnership model of fieldwork

Working with tradition: towards a partnership model of fieldwork Ian Russell Abstract This paper explores the interaction between fieldworker and “tradition bearer” over an extended period of time, in the context of an ethnographic study of singing traditions in the southern Pennines of England. Using examples, it examines the negative as well as the positive […]

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Anchors in a three-decker world

Anchors in a three-decker world Miceal Ross When the poet Seamas Heaney was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature recently, the poem he chose to read was based ultimately on an account from the Annals of Ulster for 748 A.D. The poem is from a collection exploring shifting perspectives: The annals say: when the monks […]

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Jeannie Robertson: Emergent Singer, Transformative Voice.

Jeannie Robertson: Emergent Singer, Transformative Voice. – book reviews Steve Roud One measure of the relative health of a particular field of study is the number, range and quality of books which are published. On this score, the study of traditional song in Britain and Ireland is barely surviving, which is perhaps not surprising considering […]

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some evidence from the written record

Hospitality at wakes and funerals in Ireland from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century: some evidence from the written record Patricia Lysaght 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 […]

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Roadside Crosses and Memorial Complexes in Texas

Roadside Crosses and Memorial Complexes in Texas Holly Everett In response to a number of recent discussions of death customs, including the selection and placement of funeral flowers and the erection and maintenance of roadside shrines (Drury 1994; Walter 1996; Monger 1997; Smith 1999), I would like to present a brief overview of similar traditions […]

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Ethiopian evil eye belief and the magical symbolism of iron working

Ethiopian evil eye belief and the magical symbolism of iron working Niall Finneran 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, […]

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Irish Law and Lawyers in Modern Folk Tradition.

Irish Law and Lawyers in Modern Folk Tradition. – book review Miceal Ross By Eanna Hickey. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 1999. 208 pp. IR35 [pounds sterling] (hbk). ISBN 1-85182-460-X The author was personal legal assistant to the Chief Justice of the Irish Supreme Court and the book is published in association with the Legal History […]

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Bodies of Vital Matter: Notions of Life Force and Transcendence in Traditional Southern Italy

Bodies of Vital Matter: Notions of Life Force and Transcendence in Traditional Southern Italy Caroline Oates Bodies of Vital Matter: Notions of Life Force and Transcendence in Traditional Southern Italy. By Per Binde. Goteborg: Acta Universitatis Gothoburgensis [Gothenburg Studies in Social Anthropology, 14], 1999. iv + 300 pp. No price information available (pbk). ISBN 9-17346-351-5. […]

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The evil eye and cultural beliefs among the Bedouin tribes of the Negev, Middle East [1]

The evil eye and cultural beliefs among the Bedouin tribes of the Negev, Middle East [1] Aref Abu-Rabia Abstract This paper examines Bedouin attitudes and practices relating to the evil eye as a cause of misfortune. The evil eye is perceived by the Bedouin as one of the most dangerous forces that can interfere in […]