Mudcat Café message #123923 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #4716   Message #123923
Posted By: j0_77
14-Oct-99 - 03:30 PM
Thread Name: Pagan/Folk/Earth Music Research Project
Subject: RE: Pagan/Folk/Earth Music Reasearch Project
MudPuppy begins "Pagan/Folk/Magical ..earth.... religions have primarily an oral tradition.." Hmmmmm wonder bout that one.

"My research project to shed new light on these virtually unwritted (unwritten?) traditions ..by attempting to track down

music, lyrics, and tunes associated with these practices and beliefs.

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Only criticism here is if the music was 'associated' as in 'accidental dressing for' then twould be of little use, eg wallpaper music for the 'hubble bubble toil n trouble..' ceremony. A stronger use of music would be the celtic Goltrai which claimed to give the player/owner power over his enemy by making them sad - I suppose that would be sold as 'tears' so the foe could not see too good. Why, may I ask, would not that same music also affect the owner?

Second issue here is there were no set tunes for these practices: rather it was the way in which the harper played that was claimed to have the effect.
COMMENT I might not use the same method, but I must admit it is a good start. Yup Mudpuppy you are on to something - but I'd bet there are already thesis on the topic.

"It's been a fruitless search. I found one book that may shed some light if I can obtain a copy of it. No web sites I have found are helpful, no books, music stores, or musicians. If anybody can offer assistance, I'd be super grateful. "

hmmm we tried ...