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Scottish Customs: From the Cradle to the Grave
Tape-recorded interviews from the 20th and 21st centuries give voice to tradition-bearers from all walks of life adding color to this comprehensive picture of social behavior. The most up-to-date, authoritative work on the subject, this collection spans several centuries and, in three sections, deals with Childbirth and Infancy; Love, Courtship and Marriage; and Death and ...more
Paperback, 340 pages
Published December 1st 2004 by Birlinn Ltd
(first published December 1st 2000)
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This is a brilliant book for dipping in and out of, full not only of traditions and customs, but with explanations of their origins, and their many regional variations. I can't say it's the type of book you'd want to read start to finish, but it's fantastic for research (which is how I use it) and really accessible. A combination of oral and written history from lots of sources going back to the 17th Century, if you're writing a Scottish wedding scene, I'd say it's invaluable. And what's more, ...more
“Change is an inevitable fact of life, difficult or impossible to predict, yet, with hindsight, often becoming the focus of attention and discussion.”
“Ever aware of the changing nature of tradition, folklorists are fond of discussing the influences that bring about changes.”More quotes…