Folklore

The Heritage of the European Cultures and Traditions

“Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire.”
Gustav Mahler (1860-1911), Austro-Bohemian composer

Welcome! Thank you for visiting the Folklore section on the Historia Vivens Web. Here you will find a variety of materials and resources dedicated to the European folk heritage, from the cycle of the seasons to the cycle of the life, including folkloric customs and celebrations from different countries throughout all the year, folk feasts and traditional food, games and entertainment, as well as various elements of the folk calendars related to the cycles of the seasons and nature. We wish these pages may bring you the chance of a charming travel through time and territories to rediscover the wisdom of our ancestors and our deepest roots, this way contributing to keep alive our own cultural and spiritual identity.

Then, the outstanding heritage of Folk tales, legends and beliefs will magically accompany you in the enchanted World of the Fair Folk through the devoted section, where you will meet some mythological and fantastic creatures that are present in the folk traditions of the European countries.

You will find also an interesting section devoted to Fantasy, dedicated to the eponymous literary genre and including a list of the open events and fantasy fairs in Europe, as well as a short introduction in LARP movement, and, finally, also a rich paper and electronic bibliography with a wide selection of web links and resources about the European folklore and traditions.

These pages are constantly evolving, and many new contents will be added soon. So please check back regularly for the last updates. Thank you!

We wish you a pleasant surfing, and hope you will like the contents. 

The Dance of the Seasons

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each. Let them be your only diet drink and botanical medicines”, said American naturalist, poet and philosopher Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862). Inded every moment, month and season of the year, as well as of our own life, has its own beauty and magic. The "Dance of the Seasons" pages will accompany you in a meaningful and charming ride along the yearly cycle towards a different way to live and enjoy the dimension of the time passing... 

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Spring

"Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems", wrote Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), an Austrian-Bohemian poet and novelist. Let's have a refreshing walk together in the magic and the beauty of the Springtime on our dedicated pages through images and tales, folk beliefs and traditions, secular and religious celebrations, living legends and memories...

 

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Summer

“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language”, said Henry James (1843-1916), an American-born writer. Join us in a colourful journey to rediscover the magic and the beauty of the Summertime on our dedicated pages through images and tales, folk beliefs and traditions, secular and religious celebrations, living legends and memories...

 

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Autumn

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower", once said the French author and philosopher Albert Camus (1913-1960). Let's discover together the magic and the beauty of the golden Autumn season through images and tales, folk beliefs and traditions, secular and religious celebrations, living legends and memories and much more...

 

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Winter

"It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it", wrote John Burroughs (1837-1921), an American naturalist and essayist. Join us to experience the magic and the beauty of the Wintertime on our dedicated pages through images and tales, folk beliefs and traditions, secular and religious celebrations, living legends and memories... 

 

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Folk Heritage

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The Cycle of Life

Boyar's Wedding

 

Traditional Food & Cuisine from Europe

Dinner at Farmer's Market in Moscow

 

Folk Games & Enterntainment

Blind man's bluff

 

The Storytelling. Folk & Fairytales from Europe

The Grandfather tells a story

 

Fair Folk & Folk Beliefs

“Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!”
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet

Follow us in the enchanted World of the Fair Folk Folk where you will meet some mythological and fantastic creatures that populate the traditions of many European countries. Join a charming journey magically accompanied by tales, legends and beliefs... 

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Folklore Links & Bibliography

A selection with no pretence of exhaustiveness of some printed and online resources related to the variety of topics presented in this section. We offer just a sort of starting point for a more detailed and independent research by those Users who enjoy the subject and wish to deepen their knowledge in their own areas of interest.

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