Silverman surveys rituals of courtship, marriage, coming of age, and funerals. She follows the trail of folk stories and delves into folk music and dance, particularly the polka, providing a detailed discussion of texts, contexts, and performance practices. She also describes birthing practices, home remedies, superstitions, folk blessings, and miracle cures. In addition, she offers a wealth of information on foodways and on the origins and celebration of holy days, from Christmas Eve vigils to the Dyngus Day festivals of the Easter season.
Polish-American Folklore reveals a community that preserves distinctive traditions even though geographically dispersed in a new homeland. This "Polonia without walls" is united by a resilient, dynamic, family-oriented culture that attracts not only Polish immigrants and their descendants but also newcomers from other ethnic and racial groups.
|Hardcover Book, 272 pages||English|
|University of Illinois Press (May. 9th, 2000)||Unknown|
|9780252025693||6.20 x 9.10 x 1.00 inches|
|Folklore and Mythology|