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    Tying Of The Knot

    In the thread Ghillie Laces there is a pic of a Tying Of The Knot ceremony. Can someone explain this ceremony to me? A search online turned up zilch. Thanks.

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    I must have missed that part, not a fan of Ghillies, but when I saw the title of the thread, I wondered who you were tying the knot with!
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    fraim whit ai understand....

    this 'tying the knot' (also known as 'handfasting') predates christainity in Scotland...

    it is a ceremony of the joinin o twa clans or families.... strips o tartan fraim the twa clans or families are tied tagither roon the clasped hands o the couple....

    it was wan o several symbolic ceremonies we did in oor non-christain wedding....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pour1Malt
    fraim whit ai understand....

    this 'tying the knot' (also known as 'handfasting') predates christainity in Scotland...

    it is a ceremony of the joinin o twa clans or families.... strips o tartan fraim the twa clans or families are tied tagither roon the clasped hands o the couple....

    it was wan o several symbolic ceremonies we did in oor non-christain wedding....
    Thanks for the reply. I did a search on "Handfasting" and found the info.

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    guid oan ya....

    handfasting is jus wan o the ceremonies...

    the auld Scots/Celts had several guid symbolic things tae dae...


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    wonder how many other symboli ceremonies we have here that are ancient scots in origin?

    Yellin at yer food definitly seems to be one of them!

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    to KT....handfasting has NOTHING to do with scotland!
    while it may well have been be practised there, it is essentially a pagan idea.
    Couples could be "married" for a year and day, after that time they could part without any ill feeling or stay together.
    There is a huge difference between scottish and pagan and celtic, they are not all the same albeit sharing important points
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    handfasting...

    Quote Originally Posted by paulhenry
    to KT....handfasting has NOTHING to do with scotland!
    while it may well have been be practised there, it is essentially a pagan idea.
    Couples could be "married" for a year and day, after that time they could part without any ill feeling or stay together.
    There is a huge difference between scottish and pagan and celtic, they are not all the same albeit sharing important points
    Sorry to disagree, but Handfasting is a Scottish custom, paulhenry. It is mentioned in a number of my Scottish folklore and folk customs books, including "Folklore of the Scottish Highlands" of Anne Ross, "Scottish Customs" by Shelia Livingstone, etc.

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    to cajunscot.....
    handfasting is NOT scottish
    it is a generally wellknown PAGAN custom

    The fact that it is practised in Scotland does not mean it is Scottish, and the fact that it is mentioned in various books does not actually mean that it is Scottish either

    If anyone wants to PM me I can give lots of sources and background
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    paulhenry...

    Quote Originally Posted by paulhenry
    to cajunscot.....
    handfasting is NOT scottish
    it is a generally wellknown PAGAN custom

    The fact that it is practised in Scotland does not mean it is Scottish, and hte fat that it is mentioned in various books does not actually mean that it is Scottish either
    I'm afraid I don't understand your logic, paulhenry. How can something not be "Scottish" if it is praticed primarily in Scotland? What's your source for your statement? Do you have any specifics on the origins of handfasting?

    Here's a great article, btw, Sharon Krossa:

    http://www.medievalscotland.org/hist...dfasting.shtml

    I'll see what Anne Ross has to say about it in her book when I get home. She is a respected folklorist and her sources can be trusted.

    Todd

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