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Polish Customs, Traditions, & Folklore is organized by months beginning with December and Advent, St. Nicholas Day, the Wigilia (Christmas Eve) nativity plays, caroling and then New Year celebrations. It proceeds from the Shrovetide period to Ash Wednesday, Lent, the celebration of spring, Holy Week customs then superstitions, beliefs and rituals associated with farming, Pentecost, Corpus Christi, midsummer celebrations, harvest festivities, wedding rites, nameday celebrations, birth and death rituals. Line illustrations enhance this rich and varied treasury of folklore. Many of the customs and traditions found herein are extinct even in today's Poland. World wars, massive immigration, the loss of the oral tradition, urbanization and politics have changed the face of a once agrarian people and their accompanying life style. In the U.S., the desire for membership within the "melting pot", marriages outside one's ethnic group, movement to the suburbs away from the "old" communities where customs and traditions were once strong, further weakened the link. Although the purpose and meaning may have been lost and forgotten, the oczepiny ceremony (the unveiling) is still the mainstay of almost every wedding where the bride declares Polish heritage. Many Polish American communities still reenact the harvest celebrations, reminding themselves of their ancestors' reverence for the grains and gifts of bread. Eight million Americans still claim their ancestry as Polish, many still diligently practicing that which they learned at their parents' and grandparents' knees. Much has also been neglected or completely forgotten.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780781805155
Author:
Knab, Sophie Hodorowicz
Publisher:
Hippocrene Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Eastern Europe - Poland
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Poland
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Folk-lore, polish
Subject:
Poland Social life and customs.
Subject:
Folklore -- Poland.
Subject:
Sociology - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
REV
Series Volume:
no. 542
Publication Date:
19960831
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
335 p.
Dimensions:
9.20x6.30x1.14 in. 1.69 lbs.

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