Mountain Mists: Appalachian Folkways of West Virginia by Dr. Carol Ann Gillespie
This slim volume contains a compendeum of stories describing the cultural heritage and oral customs of the early West Virginians. The majority of the original settlers to the Appalachian region were from England, Scotland, Ireland and Germany. Many modern mountaineers still carry on the old ways today, learned from their wise ancestors in the oral tradition.
Within you will learn of folk remedies and healing. Traditional foods, tokens, premonitions and superstitions. Stories of stories told and songs sung to capture the history and beliefs of the people of this beautiful and wild country. Death, dying and burial customs are a community event, everyone gets involved when one in the community dies. There is much respect, ritual and superstition surrounding the dead and the ghosts they leave behind.
With every page turn you will find useful tidbits of information and a chuckle here and there. Dr. Gillespie packs a whole lot of history in a small package while keeping alive the stories and traditions of the early Appalachian folks. That makes this book an important piece of the larger West Virginia story. The old ways and wisdom should not be allowed to die and this is one of the written works that will keep that from happening.
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