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Halloween and Other Festivals of Death and Life

Santino, Jack

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ISBN 10: 0870498134 / ISBN 13: 9780870498138
Published by University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, TN, 1994
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xxviii, 280 pp, black-yel-orange-wht SC wraps w/color illustrated front panel. Collection of thirteen essays that examine the customs, communitites, and material culture to reveal how Halloween has exerted itself from a survivor of a dying tradition to a thriving, contemporary festival. Seller Inventory # 036833

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Title: Halloween and Other Festivals of Death and ...

Publisher: University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, TN

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Soft cover

Illustrator: Photos

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: First Edition

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Essays discuss Halloween and related holidays and their adaptation to the modern world, including customs in Ulster, Pennsylvania, Newfoundland, Texas, the Canadian prairie, Vermont, Greenwich Village, and other places


"Halloween is many things to many people; we do not celebrate the day in any one way." So Jack Santino writes in this first ever collection of essays dedicated to the study of Halloween and related festivals. Thirteen folklore and culture scholars examine the evolution of Halloween from its Celtic origins through its adaptation into modern culture. Essays on holiday customs describe harvest and autumnal rituals in Scotland, new Halloween traditions in response to legends about contaminated candy, the custom of "pranking" (more popular in some areas of the U.S. than trick-or-treating), England's Guy Fawkes Day and a parallel Bonfire Night in Newfoundland, and the development of American trick-or-treating in the years 1940-1990.

Also covered are the sociopolitical meanings of carnival celebrations and attempts to control them, the Tex-Mex tradition of el Dío de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), and community approaches to Halloween in such diverse locales as the Canadian prairie, rural Vermont, and Greenwich Village in New York City. A final section looks at the history of Halloween noisemakers and unusual imagery (including the decoration of graves) in two Southern settings. In several of the essays, the authors examine the ironic, even disturbing, implications of such a popular holiday being based on images of death, evil, and the grotesque.

Halloween and Other Festivals of Death and Life is written with a lively balance of scholarship, anecdotes, and enthusiasm, with ample black-and-white illustrations. Whether you're interested in Halloween as a scholar or simply a celebrant, this is the book you need. --Fiona Webster

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