Saturday, October 13, 2007

Mums the Word

My Words May Say I'm Going to Kill You, But What I Really Mean is I Love You:
Residents of small isolated fishing villages on the northern peninsula of Newfoundland have participated in the ritual of “mumming” for centuries. According to the tradition, small groups of villagers, or mummers, disguise their identities and go to other houses to threaten violence, whereupon the people of the houses try to guess the intruders’ identities.

[via AS]

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