Dissecting Dragons: Episode 148: The Holly and the Ivy - The Root of the Carol

December 21, 2018

Episode 148: The Holly and the Ivy - The Root of the Carol

As we near the end of another year, the dragons turn their enquiring minds to more festive matters - like the rampant use of very pagan imagery in Christmas carols. The word carol has come to mean a specifically festive song with religious overtones, but once the word carol - derived from a verb in Old French - simply meant a circle dance with singing. Intrigued by this and other avenues of interest when it comes to Christmas songs, Madeleine and Jules delve in to the history of carol singing, examining the repeated motifs and themes and looking at just where the tradition came from. Naturally there will be folklore in this episode! 

 

Title music: Ecstasy by Smiling Cynic

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