The Holy Thorn Ceremony: Revival, Rivalry and Civil Religion in Glastonbury (Presidential Address given to the Folklore Society, March 2005).
Folklore, 117(2) pp. 123–140.
In this article, the story of Glastonbury’s Holy Thorn, the annual ceremony based upon it, and the significance of the custom are examined. Situated within the context of vernacular religion, the article explores the ways in which myth and custom are created, used and adapted; contemporary perceptions of and reactions to the myth of St Joseph and the Holy Thorn; how the ceremony has fitted into Glastonbury’s complex and contested spiritual landscape since the1970s; and the changes it has undergone in recent years.
||2006 The Folklore Society
||Article available to freely download at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00155870600707805
||Glastonbury, Holy Thorn, Joseph of Arimathea, civil religion, spirituality, vernacular religion, tradition, ceremony, ritual, solstice, alternative, Jesus in Glastonbury
||Arts > Religious Studies
||27 Jun 2006
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