A Sampler of Mennonite and Amish Folklore
Product Code: 9307
Binding Information: Paper
Size: 8.50 x
Publication Date: 8/23/2005
Availability: In stock.
MennoFolk2 follows Ervin Beck's popular and critically welcomed MennoFolk. This second book offers 17 new studies of folklore that represents small subgroups of Mennonites and Amish, rather than their culture at large. Here you will find a wide range of age groups, geographic locations, religious subgroups, and folklore genres. Among the lore presented here:
- Daughters and wives from the Lockport, Ohio, Mennonite Church recount the origins of their colorful nicknames, including Pearl Chuancey, Wilma Gin, and Marjory Dig.
- Former Amish recall the use of "powwow" to treat birthmarks, "flesh decay", and bleeding.
- Mennonites of Dutch-Prussian-Russian descent both rue and relish derogatory terms like Pelsmetz (fur cap), and proverbial insults like Nein klug (you're as smart as number nine).
- Alumni from Mennonite summer camps describe the folk dramas of their traditional skit nights, featuring "Just a Russian," "Vipers Are Coming," and "Cleaning Out Ears."
"Ervin Beck takes you on an intriguing journey into the subculture of the Mennonite world. Beck helps his readers understand the glue that holds the social fabric of this group together. Personally, this sampler of folklore took me back into my own history and helped me to reconnect with the idiosyncrasies that helped to shape my life. Ervin Beck is a gift to the Anabaptist world that wants to stay connected to their rich past." —Joseph Yoder, Director of Menno-Hof
ProdMkt ProductForm: Paperback / softback
Product SubTitle: An Amish Woman's Ties to Two Worlds