Saturday, 27 August 2011

Drink Old England Dry

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Documentary: Jainism

This is a documentary about Jainism. Jainism is an Indian religion that prescribes a path of non-violence towards all living beings. Its philosophy and practice emphasize the necessity of self-effort to move the soul towards divine consciousness and liberation. Any soul that has conquered its own inner enemies and achieved the state of supreme being is called Jina "Conqueror, Victor". Jainism is also referred to as Shramana "self-reliant" Dharma or the religion of Nirgrantha "those without ties" by ancient texts.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Anglo Saxon Poetry Playlist

Very Old Anglo Saxon poetry in Old English or translated from Old English into modern English. There are 20 videos in this playlist.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

That Thar Some Fancy Pickin'

What is it about the sound of fast picking bluegrass banjo that evokes a riotous chaotic impulse? Though comical to some by its association with a rural culture that is depicted as antiquated by the media, it still holds a power over people and they can't help but smile when they hear it.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Oss Oss Wee Oss - Morris dancing

This extract from Alan Lomax's powerful actuality film Oss Oss Wee Oss (1953) captures Padstow, Cornwall's 'sexy, savage' May Day rites of yore.

Oss Oss Wee Oss is available on the BFI's new DVD collection, Here's a Health to the Barley Mow: A century of folk customs and ancient rural games, a double-disc set of newly remastered poetic documentaries, long-unseen television reports and rare silent film footage, exploring the enduring folk traditions of Great Britain.

Here's a Health to The Barley Mow is available to order here: