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Pyrenean Festivals

Nature volume 142, page 775 (29 October 1938) | Download Citation



MISS ALFORD is well known as a student of the folk-dance and song of European peasantry, but the Pyrenees is a region which in this subject she has made peculiarly her own province. In this volume, æsthetically delightful, as well as scientifically valuable, she has reviewed the results of some years of observation on both sides of the political frontier among the inhabitants of the Pyrenean regions from Catalonia on the east to the Basque country in the west. Nor has she confined her studies to dance and song, for she deals here with some remarkable forms of custom and magical belief which serve to throw light on the main theme.

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