Re: Slovak-American Christmas Memories
The traditions have their own values as we do hold them, and they
bring joy to us as we continue them. When I say they will change, I
look upon cultures as I do a living human being - you and I are not
the same people we were at age 5 or at age 21. We have grown and
changed. The foods we look upon today as traditional have changed,
as evidenced by use of the tomato and potato in the traditional
diet. They were not traditional 300 years ago. The folk costumes we
consider traditional are not the same as they were 400 years ago.
These to have changed and are continuing to change. Even the
Christianity practiced by most of us only goes back, in one flavor or
another, some 1200 years.
If we held solidly to tradition we would change none of the above
items, but how far back would we go? As far as written and drawn
records take us, or perhaps to some legends and folklore, but no
I am not advocating changing traditions, just recognizing that they
change on their own. I too am sad for my nieces and nephew that they
have lost some of the family Slovak tradition - but then I do not
carry on as much tradition as my parents or grandparents. So I
accept life and tradition as it is, a living changing entity, and one
that will grow, change and in part die, as do all living things.
--- In Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com, Vlad Nad <vladnadd@y...> wrote:
> I disagree, if we dont hold to the Slovak traditions as they
were when our ancestors came from Slovakia, and change them to meet
our current times, then what value did they have?
> sandman6294 <sandman6294@y...> wrote:
> --- In Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com, "amiak27" <rmat@p...> wrote:
> > This is a good indication we should not shy away from changing
> > traditions to fit times and tastes. 300 years ago everyone knew
> > tomato was poisnous, so it likely was not a part of the Slovak
> > Ron
> You mean Marko Poloko wasn't Slovak?
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> they should associate it with an apple other than it's aThat happened a lot that people likened a new thing to the closest
> fruit and it's red.
thing they knew. _Corn_ used to describe grains, which are rather
unlike corn/maze (once it was cultivated), but when the Anglos began
to grow it on a large scale in America, they actually made the word
_corn_ mean "maze." You mostly have to say grains, cereals today to
make it clear that you don't mean corn/maze.
The word _mel-_ that gave today's "melon" in English used to describe
a variety of round fruits including, e.g., oranges, which still shows
in the word _marmalade_.
> Now I don't know if the forbidden fruit was anHa, ha, RU, it has to be the pomo d'oro down there in El Dorado.
> apple or a tomato.
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