Galoshins : Scottish Folk Play

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In Galoshins, Brian Hayward provides a new, and much-needed, study of the Scottish folk play of Hallowe'en and Hogmanay. Cousin to the English Mummers' play and to the Irish Christmas Rhymers' custom, Galoshins has a tradition in Scotland that can be retraced to the thirteenth century. The story of this neglected folk custom is not only valuable in itself, but also in the new perspective it offers on Scottish lowland traditions and social history. In his study, Brian Hayward not only records the texts, locations, calendar dates and customs of performance but also places them in their historical context. Students and enthusiasts of drama, folklore studies, social history and Scottish traditions will find this a fascinating and rewarding volume.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 152.4 x 238.8 x 25.4mm | 521.64g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrated
  • Illustrated edition
  • 1 half-tone, 12 line drawings, gazetteer, index, further reading
  • 0748603387
  • 9780748603381

Table of contents

Part 1 A socio-cultural history: the contexts; recorded history; internal history; season of performance; geographical distribution; oral transmission and the Chapbook; the decline of the custom. Part 2 A commentary on the performance: areas and arenas; costume; guising and disguising; "said, sung and acted"; making a beginning; the combat; the doctor and the cure; the followers; the land of marvels; the singing and the collection; "Galoshins" and the meaning of the name.
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