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Folk Memory

Folk memory is a haunting term for that small grain of inbuilt feeling which makes us sympathetic to certain things.

An example is Oak. There is something continuously renewed in society that continues to revere it as special long after the associations have vanished.

Other examples are geographical features such as Glastonbury or structures like Stonehenge. The origin is prehistoric but there is a lingering legacy which is a nagging reminder of something past.

Bonfire Night, 'Christmas' celebrations, May Day, Morris Dancing, Wassailing - all are ancient customs stretching back beyond recorded history and each bringing that small frisson of knowledge that there is an ancient connection beyond what is ostensibly being celebrated (Guy Fawkes, Christmas etc).

Closely associated with Legend and Myth