A study on the composition and geographical
variety of folk-games in Britain
Toshiro NAKAFUSA (Sendai College)
The purporse of this study was to examine the composition and geographical
variety of folk-games
in Britain. I could collect 65 towns or regions where I have found recorded folk-game. I explored
these instances in folkloric aspect: at what time of year and on what occations was each game played,
and who regulated and managed them, and what was the goal or trophy played for? and so on. And
then I verified whether were a general view in the former studies on folk-game exactly correctpare.
Main findings are as follws;
1) Folk-game were practised in a variety of ways of local tradition. But the geographical variety
was different from every element of folk-game: ball, goal, way of choosing side, and so on.
2) Folk-game was often marked by considerable violence in playing game. But before and after
played game, especially annual game, people's behavour was relatively order.