Mudcat Café message #123889 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #4716   Message #123889
Posted By: T in Oklahoma (Okiemockbird)
14-Oct-99 - 02:19 PM
Thread Name: Pagan/Folk/Earth Music Research Project
Subject: RE: Pagan/Folk/Earth Music Reasearch Project
M.Ted, you're right except that, in the version I heard, Pound was never formally "tried". He was found mentally incompetent to stand trial, and sent to St. Elizabeth's on those grounds.

In your first post to this thread (unless you posted earlier under another name) you put your finger on the whole difficulty this thread has had from the beginning. MudPuppy never said exactly what he (I consider "puppy" to be a gramatically masculine noun) meant. I suspect he accepted the Murray thesis, or something like it, and believed that the Gardnerian Wicca is the direct institutional and cultural successor, by continuous transmission from generation to generation, of a pre-Christian European religions, and that he believed that the Gardnerian Wicca possessed ancient melodies handed down unchanged from remote antiquity without the aid of writing. If this is what MudPuppy meant, then I hold that he was wrong on every point. But maybe that's not what MudPuppy meant. In any case, religious music (Christian or non-Christian, written or unwritten) and other sorts of traditions or customs (whether in "Christendom" or elsewhere) can be fruitful fields of research. As you point out, though, a researcher has to be ready to find both continuity and change.

I don't know why no one ever mentioned the customs of the Roma or Gypsy people on this thread. I vaguely remember considering bringing it up and deciding not to. Now I don't remember why. Oh well.