Old sayings, proverbs, riddles and conundrums (The Virginia and West Virginia mountain and valley folklife series)

 
9781893934078: Old sayings, proverbs, riddles and conundrums (The Virginia and West Virginia mountain and valley folklife series)

Our rural ancestors, out on the farms and working in small country shops, lived in a society that appreciated wit and enjoyed intellectual challenges. Sayings, riddles and conundrums made the rounds in the mountains and valleys of Virginia and West Virginia and were seen as entertainment as well as mental exercises. Some of these were already old when they appeared in this region. Others were born on the spot by someone using their native creativity. Many of these word pictures were directly associated with themes that country people were familiar with and concerned about on a regular basis: the blacksmith shop, raising livestock and crops, the weather, and the age-old relationships between courting couples and husbands and wives. The old sayings were often as descriptive as anything a novelist could devise. Some riddles and conundrums required an almost superhuman effort to sort out. Others were so deceptively simple that, on being told the answer, a person was compelled to smack his or her forehead in disbelief that it had not easily come to them. They are great fun and often thought provoking. We can share these with the people who came before us and who lived on the same land we do mow; they are, in a sense, an inheritance.

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