CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

The Form and Function of Ritual Dialogue in the Marriage Traditions of Celtic-Language Cultures

Department

Department of Literature and Modern Languages

Publication Date

5-2009

Publication Title

Journal of Folklore Research

ISSN

0737-7037

Volume

46

Issue/No.

2

Abstract

Neill Martin’s The Form and Function of Ritual Dialogue in the Marriage Traditions of Celtic-Language Cultures provides an interesting overview on the subject of ritual marriage dialogues in various Celtic-language societies, including Breton, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish Gaelic, with a few sidebars on the related Manx and Cape Breton Island cultures, as well as the existence of similar institutions in other, non-Celtic-speaking societies. He focuses on the use of ritual dialogue, particularly in the matchmaking and betrothal phase, which may involve a verbal contest between poets, along the lines of the flyting in Scottish tradition.

Comments

Unverified citation.

ORCID ID

0000-0002-4966-1251

Peer Reviewed

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