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Ervin Beck follows his popular and critically welcomed MennoFolk with this collection of folklore studies from Amish and Mennonite communities across North America. Among the lore presented here: *Daughters and wives from the Lockport, Ohio, Mennonite Church recount the origins of their colorful nicknames including Pearl Chauncey, 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, including :Just a Russian," "Vipers Are Coming," and "Cleaning Out Ears."
MennoFolk offers the abundance of Mennonite life: jokes, origin tales, trickster tales, and the Reggie Jackson urban legend, along with analysis of folk traditions in the context of Mennonite and Amish history, culture,and beliefs. Ervin Beck studies Mennonite and Amish paintings on glass andfamily records and considers the Mennonite relief sales as folk festivals.This signature book is a treasure for folklorists, but is also a gift for anyone who cares about the Mennonite experience and is concerned with questions of conduct, community, and conviction.
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