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Carnival of the Animals, By Gregor Lamb

Carnival of the Animals, By Gregor Lamb
by Gregor Lamb A fascinating text which explores the origins, meanings and making of the straw bikko ‘straw bitch’ in Orkney. Following confirmation that these straw animals were still made in the 1920s, the author managed to track down octogenarians and nongenarians who could pass on direct information of its history and survival, and even make one. Readers can see within these pages not only what the bikko looked like, but also an explanation of this old custom set in a Europe-wide context in addition to a far-ranging look at folk customs, folk beliefs and the supernatural. A valuable asset to the library of anyone interested in the folk culture of Northern Europe. ISBN 186163 2126
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