The Customs and Traditions of Wales

Trefor M. Owen

Trefor M. Owen

Distributed for University of Wales Press

108 pages | 7-1/10 x 4-4/5 | © 1991
Paper $9.95 ISBN: 9780708311189 Published September 2006 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
This concise and informative guide looks back to the customs and traditions of a predominantly rural Wales during the nineteenth century -- the revelries of the corn harvest; winter nights by the fireside, knitting, telling stories and making rush candles; overcoming poverty and hardship by raising funds at a cwrw bach...
Each chapter is complemented by several eye-witness accounts -- vivid descriptions of a forgotten way of life.  Customs are arranged into four main groups: those centered on the hearth and home, agriculture, community life and the parish church.
In this book, Trefor M. Owen explores the origins of Welsh customs and traditions and examines the changes they underwent during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in response to industrialization and the growth of Nonconformity.
Lore and Language

“This guide is certainly pocket-sized, but the depth and breadth of its contents are quite remarkable, and equal to what is often found in a much bulkier tome.” –Lore and Language

Rural Wales

“. . . Trefor M. Owen has admirably succeeded in introducing his reader to a wealth of information on the social history, customs and traditions of Wales.” –Rural Wales

Welsh Historian

“. . . extremely neat and pleasing in presentation . . . Altogether the guide is immensely accessible and user- friendly for both expert and layman. It is a pocket version in the best sense - comprehensive yet succinct.” –Welsh Historian

1  Working the Land
2  Customs of Hearth and Home
3  Community Traditions
4  Church Festivals and Practices
5  Changing Traditions
6  Studying Folk Customs
Selected Reading List by Chapter
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