Trefor M. Owen's seminal work educates, enlightens and entertains with a far-reaching yet accessible text, which paints a colourful and comprehensive portrait of a nation's rich folk culture. The Customs and Traditions of Wales is an illuminating and engrossing insight into a subject that continues to unfold and develop in contemporary life. Despite an increasingly globalised society that has transformed local communities, folk customs are still practised and enjoyed the world over as people combine modern-day and historical rituals and embrace opportunities to learn about their past, and Owen's influential study has maintained its relevance as customs change and evolve.
Trefor M. Owen (1926-2015), former curator at the Welsh Folk Museum (now St Fagans National History Museum) and president of the Society for Folk Life Studies, was an eminent ethnologist and anthropologist and a highly respected and widely acknowledged authority on Welsh traditional customs. Author of the classic study Welsh Folk Customs and one of the founders of the Ethnology and Folk Life section of the University of Wales's Guild of Graduates, Owen lectured frequently throughout Wales and in Europe on diverse ethnological issues and was one of the leading figures in the development of folk life as an academic discipline across the United Kingdom. He was recipient of honorary fellowships by the Folklore Society, Aberystwyth and Bangor universities and, in addition to his two seminal volumes on folk traditions, published many Welsh and English articles on ethnology-related subjects. His contribution to the field is immense and enduring, and this reissue of his 1991 text will ensure that new generations of readers are able to continue to enjoy this fascinating, informative and influential work.
List of IllustrationsAcknowledgementsForeword to the New EditionPreface 1 Working the Land2 Customs of Hearth and Home 3 Community Traditions4 Church Festivals and Practices5 Changing Traditions6 Studying Folk CustomsSelected Reading List by Chapter