The church and its folklore lies at the heart of the community, from birth to burial. We'd like to hear from anyone who can attend and present a paper – folklorists, clergy, singers, craft workers, anthropologists, performers, pilgrims, and historians. This two-day conference will be held at the Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Somerset, on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st September 2008.
Come and join us for a weekend exploring folk-religion in the majestic setting of a medieval palace. We push the door ajar to catch echoes of West Gallery music under the faded ribbons of maiden’s garlands, among the painted admonitions to bellringers and the tombs of giants. The church site might be a place of reconciliation or of conflict over games, customs and charities, but it was always magic. From the healing power of sacrament silver to the oil from the bells, its very fragments were charged with otherworldly powers. Whether clipping the church or pelting the parson, people made their own meanings out of the sacred building.
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