[Spellyans] Degol Peran lowen dhewgh!

Ken MacKinnon ken at ferintosh.org
Tue Mar 13 15:28:25 GMT 2012


Eddie,

 

They did when I was a boy - every year in early February.  And they still do
- with the addition of Cornish learners over the previous weekend.

 

-        Ken

-         

 

From: spellyans-bounces at kernowek.net [mailto:spellyans-bounces at kernowek.net]
On Behalf Of Eddie Climo
Sent: 12 March 2012 16:45
To: Standard Cornish discussion list
Subject: Re: [Spellyans] Degol Peran lowen dhewgh!

 

I think there would be a distinction of meaning between:

 

Gol Ya                                    - the festival of the person, St.
Ives, and

Gol Porth Ya - the festival of the place, St. Ives.

 

It seems unlikely that many of the inhabitant or visitor in the Town St.
Ives would intend to celebrate a long-dead saint. Instead, I imagine they'd
be enjoying  the secular celebrations in the town of St. Ives.

 

After all, hagiolatry pretty much died out in Cornwall with the Reformation
and the rise of Protestantism. Does anyone in St.Ives today have a shrine in
their home to the eponymous saint, with candles and incense burning 24/7, I
wonder?

 

Gol Porth Ya would get my vote for the present-day secular festival; Gol Ya
is what might be celebrated in the local Catholic church perhaps.

 

Eddie Climo

 

On 2012 Mer 12, at 16:09, deliabrotherton at aol.com wrote:

So "Golya" then?

 

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