Leisure and Recreation in an Age of Clearance: The Case of the Hebridean Michaelmas

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Abstract

A study of the transformations of an interrelated group of calendar customs in the western Scottish Gàidhealtachd during the early modern and modern periods, as a result of specific socio-economic processes, and individual historical events. The paper casts doubt on the sweeping conclusions made by some scholars regarding purportedly recurring patterns of popular belief, ritual practice, or, at a deeper level, 'cosmology'. It lays the ground for further investigation of calendar customs in the region, placing them in a wider European context - this may offer innovative perspectives on socio-economic, religious, and cultural change.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCeltic Cosmology
Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives from Ireland and Scotland
EditorsJacqueline Borsje, Séamus Mac Mathúna, Ann Dooley, Gregory Toner
PublisherPIMS Publications
Pages246-306
Number of pages61
ISBN (Print)978-0888448262
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2014

Publication series

NamePapers in Mediaeval Studies
PublisherBrepols
Volume26

Keywords

  • Folklore
  • Ritual
  • Early Modern History
  • Highlands
  • Scottish Gaelic

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