The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #63739 Message #1038182
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
20-Oct-03 - 12:18 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Crow Scaring Songs
Subject: RE: Origins: Crow Scaring Songs
Songs that refer specifically to conflicts between "old" and "new" religions are almost always modern. Often, as in this case, they incorporate material from genuine tradition; as a consequence they immediately appear on websites all over the world as "ancient pagan" songs. Oh well.
Round my way we have mostly magpies. Narrow streets of terraced houses, and lots of cats. The cats have eaten the majority of the smaller birds (the ones the magpies didn't get) so it's pretty much a stand-off between the two communities at present. If the cats could fly, the magpies would be in real trouble; nobody would especially regret that, I think, but there are also bats to consider, and my local bat eats a lot of the local gnats, which would otherwise be doing their best to eat me (in very small instalments).
Seriously, though; can you give us a few page references in ODNR, Joybell, just to get us started? The Opies took an interesting approach to indexing which is very helpful in some respects, but completely useless if one is trying to search by subject.