Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Folklore
Authors: Cassar Pullicino, Guze
Keywords: Folklore -- Malta -- History
Manners and customs
Folklore -- Malta -- Gozo -- History
Manners and customs -- Malta -- Gozo -- History
Marriage customs and rites -- Malta -- History
Funeral rites and ceremonies -- Malta -- History
Feasts, Religious -- Malta
Carnival -- Malta -- History
Ghana (Music)
Gozo (Malta) -- Social life and customs -- History
Issue Date: 1994
Publisher: Malta. Ministry for Youth and the Arts
Citation: Cassar Pullicino, Ġ. (1994). Folklore. In H. Frendo, & O. Friggieri (Eds.), Malta: culture and identity (pp. 181-203). Malta: Ministry for Youth and the Arts.
Abstract: Malta and Gozo possess a rich legacy of folklore. They stand half-way on the land ridge that once joined Sicily to Africa, and their geographical position has influenced their history and traditions. Besides reflecting the usages and ways of thought of the present, Maltese folklore preserves the soul of the past, embodying the mode of life and the beliefs and practices of preceding centuries. This national heritage of lore and tradition is the product of simple, psychological reactions to the historical environments and to the various culture contacts which our people have experienced in the past. At different times and by various routes, many people have come to these islands and dominated them for varying periods. Each ruling group - Punic, Roman, Arab, Norman, Swabian, Angevin, Aragonese, Castilian, the Knights of St John of Jerusalem and, lastly, the English - brought its own lore, language and way of life in its wake. Most of these left their imprint on local tradition and, in their turn, underwent changes in the process of adaptation to the conditions of the country and subsequent adjustment to the traditional pattern of Maltese life and thought. The result has been an extremely variegated form of folk-culture constituting a distinctive element of Malta's national identity.
Appears in Collections:Malta : Culture and Identity

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
Folklore_1994.pdf1.68 MBAdobe PDFView/Open

Items in OAR@UM are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.