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Thread #106626   Message #2206932
Posted By: Les in Chorlton
02-Dec-07 - 01:48 PM
Thread Name: Songs for the Winter Solstice
Subject: RE: Songs for the Winter Solstice
Anne,

in a sense this thread is closed in that no one has come up with a traditional Winter Solstice song.

But I do thing their is a general point to be made.

"He's an academic historian, not a folklorist and will only record stuff which has some form of written evidence to support it"

The most impressive thing about 'Stations of the Sun' is the sheer volume of evidence on which it calls. If we are to weigh that against your friends 5 generations of family tradition, with all the good will in the world, what are to we think?

The problem for folklorists is that until around 1970 they seemed to say all kinds of things with out any evidence at all, at all ... not even a number of generations with in a family.

He shouldn't be rude it simply spoils his argument but neither should we let it get in the way of what he says.