All Silver and No Brass: An Irish Christmas Mumming

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University of Pennsylvania Press, 1975 - Social Science - 192 pages
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All Silver and No Brass An Irish Christmas Mumming Henry Glassie "An excellent book, not only a perceptive study of mumming in Ireland but also an excellent introduction to folklore and what folklorists do. . . . This book is most impressive and can be recommended for any level of adult audience."--Choice "A beautifully written exploration of a vanishing holiday ritual that can be traced back to the dramas of the sixteenth century and beyond." --Philadelphia Inquirer "An excellent book recommended both to the student of literature and the general reader interested in folklore."--Irish Echo "A magnificently comprehensive book. . . . Whether you are a mumming or Wran Boy enthusiast or not, this beautifully produced book will take you into a world of suspended reality, gone, but not quite."--Books Ireland "Glassie has captured the authentic tang of the Ulster countryman's speech, laconic with surprising shots of hyperbole. . . . A beautifully produced book."--Irish Independent For the general reader as for the folklorist, this is a fascinating, vivid, and sensitive account that, through its portraits of individuals and of a community, offers a unique insight into a folk custom of the Christmas season. Henry Glassie is College Professor of Folklore at Indiana University. He is the author of Art and Life in Bangladesh, Irish Folktales, The Spirit of Folk Art, and Pattern in the Material Folk Culture of the Eastern United States, which is also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press. 1976 224 pages 6 x 9 1/4 27 illus. ISBN 978-0-8122-1139-9 Paper $24.95s 16.50 World Rights Anthropology, Cultural Studies"
 

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Contents

Tell You the Way It Was i
11
A Little Entertainment
21
We Used to Mum in Our Country
38
RHYME AND REASON
51
A Custom in These Islands
68
Go in with a Vengeance
76
The Performance of the Season
94
To Bring Unity amongst Them
122
Fare Thee Well for a While
145
Glossary
153
Bibliography
162
Notes 770
168
Index
189
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Henry Glassie is College Professor of Folklore at Indiana University. He is the author of Art and Life in Bangladesh, Irish Folktales, The Spirit of Folk Art, and Pattern in the Material Folk Culture of the Eastern United States, which is also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

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