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Folk Play Distribution Map: Beelzebub versus Father Christmas

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Folk Play Distribution Map: Beelzebub versus Father Christmas
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black Here comes I old Beelzebub
red Here come I old Father Christmas, Welcome or welcome not

Commentary

This map is an improved version of one that appeared in my PhD thesis (Millington, 2002, pp.275-277, Map 21), and in a later article (Millington, 2003, pp.106-107, Map 8). In this version, generated by the Scripts Explorer, the markers are coloured, whereas the original maps had monochrome markers. The scripts database has also grown slightly since 2002 (Millington, 1994-2006).

This map is discussed fully in my Traditional Drama Forum article (Millington, 2003). The gist is that the distributions of Beelzebub and Father Christmas have very little overlap, and it is suggested that Father Christmas was introduced as a more religiously acceptable alternative to Beelzebub.

The main thing to add here is that omitting the known literary composite scripts removes the northern Father Christmas outliers, and thus emphasises the minimal nature of the overlap between the two distributions.

Peter Millington

References

Peter Millington (1994-2006) Historical Database of Folk Play Scripts
Internet URL: http://www.folkplay.info/Texts.htm, 1999-2006, accessed 27th Jun.2009

Peter Millington (2002) The Origins and Development of English Folk Plays
PhD Thesis, University of Sheffield, May 2002     [Full Text PDF - 2.7MB]

Peter Millington (2003) Who is the Guy on the Left? An Unexpected Twist to a 19th-century Mummers' Illustration
Traditional Drama Forum, Jan.2003, No.6,
Internet URL: Forum/TD_Forum_6_Sandys.htm, accessed 15th Jul.2009

Peter Millington (2003) Textual Analysis of English Quack Doctor Plays: Some New Discoveries
in: Folk Drama Studies Today: The International Traditional Drama Conference 2002, ed. by E.Cass & P.Millington
Sheffield, Traditional Drama Research Group, 2003, ISBN 0-9508152-3-3, pp.97-132     [PDF Download - 841kB]

This map was generated from the Folk Play Scripts Explorer.
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