Corn Dollies: Searching for the Seed of Truth
Author: Main, Veronica
Source: Folk Life - Journal of Ethnological Studies, Volume 37, 1998-1999 , pp. 44-63(20)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:If you visit a craft show you may find a corn dolly maker telling tales of harvest frolics, of fertility, good luck and prosperity, all of which involve a corn dolly. They will probably tell you that many of the designs which they make are ancient, some dating back perhaps 7000 years! There are corn dolly makers working in many countries around the world and if you travel abroad you will hear amazing stories of traditional British harvest customs. Some of these stories have been adopted by European and American workers, who now claim them as part of their heritage, whilst often dismissing their own history. However, many of their ‘traditional’ designs are only twenty or thirty years old.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1998-01-01