By Jan Harold Brunvand
Includes over 500 articlesRanging over foodways and folksongs, quiltmaking and laptop lore, Pecos invoice, Butch Cassidy, and Elvis sightings, greater than 500 articles highlight people literature, song, and crafts activities and vacations tall stories and mythical figures genres and types scholarly techniques and theories areas and ethnic teams performers and creditors writers and students spiritual ideals and practices. The alphabetically prepared entries range from concise definitions to certain surveys, every one followed by way of a short, up to date bibliography.
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Believers presumed that conjure doctors understood how to use powers contained in nature, and some conjure doctors were accorded the same respect as preachers. Conjure or hoodoo are sometimes confused with voodoo, which is akin to vaudou in Haiti. These belief systems stem from Dahomean (present-day Nigeria) sacred practices. Dahomeans traded into slavery were transported to Haiti. Some of these slaves were then traded to New Orleans. Voodoo is an enormously complex system centered on root work and snake worship.
502–528. American folklore 4 Academic Programs in Folklore Folklore programs in the United States and Canada. Folklore courses were introduced at several North American universities in the 1920s and 1930s, and in 1940 Ralph Steele Boggs established the first degree-granting program in folklore, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which remains a center for the study of folklore. A. degree and a doctoral minor, the curriculum in folklore at North Carolina is designed primarily for graduate students, though undergraduates may create an interdisciplinary degree with a concentration in folklore.
As much as anything, faculty members both instigate and utilize much of the folklore circulating among their students, very likely because they were also students in a previous life. When a professor is late for class, she can be sure that the students will wait for at least ten minutes before daring to leave. If a professor wants to intimidate or astound the students, he can quote from tradition, as when a University of Oregon English professor asked the women in his Milton class to cross their legs so that the gates of Hell would be closed when they discussed Paradise Lost, using a legend he had heard at his own alma mater when he was a student.
American Folklore: An Encyclopedia (Garland Reference Library of the Humanities) by Jan Harold Brunvand