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Looking for souling/soulcake memories!


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GUEST,Ellen 13 Oct 11 - 08:33 AM
GUEST,BigDaddy 14 Oct 11 - 03:03 AM
GUEST,Dáithí 14 Oct 11 - 05:37 AM
Jack Blandiver 14 Oct 11 - 07:35 AM
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Subject: Looking for souling/soulcake memories!
From: GUEST,Ellen
Date: 13 Oct 11 - 08:33 AM

I'm doing some research into souling/soulcakes around All Soul's Day and looking for anyone who remembers the souling tradition, from anywhere around the country. Or indeed trying to find out if it still exists in a continuous or revived sense anywhere?

Would be grateful if anyone can shed any light on this.


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Subject: RE: Looking for souling/soulcake memories!
From: GUEST,BigDaddy
Date: 14 Oct 11 - 03:03 AM

Which country, Ellen? Here in the states I was blessed to be in the front row while the Watersons performed their "Souling Song" back around 1993. The effect on me was like the old Maxell "chair man" ad of the 1970s. I was blown away. Sorry I don't have any info on actual "souling."

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Subject: RE: Looking for souling/soulcake memories!
From: GUEST,Dáithí
Date: 14 Oct 11 - 05:37 AM

As a revived tradition it happens every year in Hull, UK. A group of local pagan folks visit houses singing etc. Most jolly!

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Subject: RE: Looking for souling/soulcake memories!
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 14 Oct 11 - 07:35 AM

A tradition dies as one thing (i.e. something people used to do but stopped doing because it no longer had any meaning to them) but is revived as another (i.e. something people do now out of an obligation to a new set of meanings which had nothing whatsoever to do with the original practise). Meaning in the first sense isn't the same as it is in the second; in the original the medium was the message, but revived I bet the participants can tell you exactly what the meaning is, even though that was something entirely unknown to the original particpants. Sir James Frazer has a lot to answer for!

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