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GUEST,Anne Croucher Folklore: Stupid Question but what is Wassail (53* d) RE: What is a wassail/wassailing? 21 Dec 04


Hmmm - taking a cow or bull around - first of all cattle don't move all that fast when walking - though when they move they have a lot of pulling power.

Second, the idea is to get people to happily dish out drink.

The scenario of an angry cattlebeast with a number of rather drunken revellers tying to encourage it in the right direction (towards the house!!) doesn't really engender the idea of a householder supplying them with booze, particularly if the beast has horns and is chasing/dragging its handlers across the lawns/shrubbery/rosebeds.

The option of a 'hobby bull' must have seemed like a good idea to anyone who regularly had to move cattlebeasts about.

Anne


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