In Days Gone By: Folklore and Traditions of the Pennsylvania Dutch (World Folklore Series)

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Explore the fascinating history, folklore, and folk life of a group that continues to be an important cultural influence in the United States. This book introduces you to the history of the Pennsylvania Dutch and other Germans who settled in Pennsylvania. The first part of the book covers immigration, family and home life, unique dialect, folk art, beliefs, superstitions, and contributions. Folklore that reflects important components of Pennsylvania German life-traditions, beliefs, and superstitions-is offered in the second part, with childhood rhymes (in German and English), tall tales, plant legends, and traditional tales. Tales include brauche (healing) and hexe stories, spirit stories, stories of special days, and stories about a cunning fellow named Eileschpeggel (Owl Mirror). Favorite recipes complete the volume. Color photographs and original illustrations depict the rich variety of crafts and folklore found in the culture.

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In Days Gone By: Folklore And Traditions Of The Pennsylvania Dutch introduces readers to the history of these people, including their immigration, family and home life, occupations, their unique dialect, folk arts like quilting and hexe signs, beliefs, superstitions, and exceptional contributions. Folkore and tales include childhood rhymes, plant legends, tall tales, and a variety of brauche (healing) and hexe stories, spirit stories, stories of special days, and a number of stories about a cunning fellow named Eileschpeggel ("Owl Mirror") -- all of which reflect important components of Pennsylvania German life. A sampling of favorite traditional recipes and a section on story and bibliographical sources are also featured. Line drawings and color photographs depicting the rich variety of crafts and folklore found in the culture illustrate the work throughout. In Days Gone By is a unique combination of historical background and folklore which can be used for read-alouds and general reading. The background material make a great reference source for reports and history classes. In Days Gone By is highly recommended for school and community library American history and folklore collections. -- Midwest Book Review

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