Samson - Folk Culture

Folk Culture

Samson parades are annual parades of a Samson figure in different villages in Lungau, Salzburg and two villages in the north-west Styria (Austria). Samson is one of the giant figures at the "Ducasse" festivities, which take place at Ath, Belgium.

A regional version of Samson (spelled Sanson) plays a major role in many accounts of Basque mythology, where he is represented as a mighty giant capable of hurling heavy stones, often providing an explanation for the origin of mountains and megalithic monuments. In some places this role is played by a development of the character Roland (Errolan).

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Folk Culture

Folk culture refers to a culture traditionally practiced by a small, homogeneous, rural group living in relative isolation from other groups. Historically, handed down through oral tradition, it demonstrates the "old ways" over novelty and relates to a sense of community. Folk culture is quite often imbued with a sense of place. If elements of a folk culture are copied by, or moved to, a foreign locale, they will still carry strong connotations of their original place of creation.

Examples of American folk cultures include:

  • Powwows
  • Native tribal regalia
  • The cakewalk
  • Louisiana Creole cuisine, music, and language
  • Handmade quilts
  • The Hawaiian hula, leis, a pantheon of nature gods, and the concept of aloha
  • Shaker architecture and furniture
  • Whale-hunting with traditional spiritual rites of some Alaskan tribes
  • Tepees
  • Hand-gathered Wild rice gleaned in the traditional manner in the United States' northwoods

The above-mentioned have entered mainstream consciousness to varying degrees, but none have been so distorted from their original form as to have lost their culturally specific sense of place. In contrast, blue jeans and McDonald's are cultural icons which have been made so internationalized they have lost their original sense of place, and they are no longer part of folk culture. Similarly, Federalist architecture was created in the United States, but in a style influenced by, and meant to appeal to, outside interests.

Folk culture has always informed pop culture and even high culture. The minuet dance of European court society was based on the dance of peasants. More recently, the archetypal costume of the cowboy has been reinvented in gleaming silver by disco dancers and strippers, and the consciously hubristic culture of the Amish has been portrayed for comic value in Hollywood films and reality shows.

It is the emphasis on looking inward without reference to the outside that separates folk culture from pop culture.

Alan Jabbour - Biography
... North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia to record instrumental folk music, folksong, and folklore on tape ... in traditional fiddle tunes from the Upper South, is now in the Archive of Folk Culture at the Library of Congress ... In 1969 he was appointed head of the Archive of Folk Song (now the Archive of Folk Culture) at the Library of Congress ...
Suvalkija - Folk Culture - Music
... The composition of the musical ensembles in the region changed during the middle 19th century ... Earlier versions featured between one and three kanklės, a fiddle, and a būgnas (drum) ...
University Of Hyderabad - School of Social Sciences - Department of Political Science - Centre For Folk Culture Studies
... The Centre for Folk Culture Studies is the first of its kind in the Central University system in India ... interdisciplinary and multiperspectival approaches emphasizes research and teaching in Folk Culture Studies in the milieu of contemporary ethnographic fieldwork ...
Chilean People - Culture
... The folk culture of Chile has mostly Spanish origins, especially the huaso culture of the central part of the country, as it arose in the colonial period due to ... It could therefore be considered an offshoot of Spanish popular culture of the 17th an 18th centuries as are the folk cultures of the rest of Latin America and also, its direct descendents ... As well as the huaso culture of the central part of the country can be seen the German, Chilote, Croatian and Magallanic culture in the south, and the Andean ...

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