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'Case study: Wassail all over the place'

Abstract

Wassailing, like Mummers, is often a Christmas custom. In Gloucestershire, both were Christmas to New Year customs. Much is known about Mummers plays in Gloucestershire and also much is known about the wassailing tradition. To what extent were these 2 traditions combined, considering that they were both carried out at the same time of year and sometimes by the same families. Gwilym Davies examines the symbiosis between these 2 traditions, calling on his extensive research over many years, with audio and video examples on Powerpoint. He then goes on to detail the current situation on these 2 customs. [Full PDF - 226kB]

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© 2012, Gwilym Davies. Webmaster: (peter.millington@mastermummers.org). Reviewed: 23-Aug-2013