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Polish Customs, Traditions, and Folklore Hardcover – October, 1996


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  • Hardcover: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books; Revised edition (October 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781805155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781805155
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer G. Miller on February 1, 2001
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I chose this book to try and get a flavor of Polish customs for some projects I was writing on, and I was so pleased to find a treasure trove of the Polish heritage. This book is a goldmine. It's easy to read, and not necessary to read straight through. It covers all the feasts during the year, broken down by months, then it includes birth and death customs and Polish games and Pastimes for Children. My only "regret" is that when different Polish dishes or menus were mentioned that no recipes were given, but I guess that would have to be another volume. I highly recommend this book!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jagoda Urban-Klaehn on August 14, 2004
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According to my knowledge this is the most comprehensive book devoted to Polish customs available for English speaking readers. I recommend it especially for people with Polish ancestors or these who are interested in Polish traditions or anthropology. It may be also used as a reference book or the encyclopedia. But, the book is very interesting to read from cover to cover also. It contains an index and some pictures - I wish it had more!

Overall, Sophie Hodorowicz did a wonderful job - she arranged the majority of customs according to calendar - entangling the customs with the seasons of the year and the Christian feasts traditions.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sylwia on August 9, 2004
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This is a book full of interesting things, neatly organized by month. It talks about many, many customs, traditions, and proverbs, but doesn't mention much folklore, and leaves the reader wondering just *why* most of the customs she's talking about came to be. Still, it's highly readable, covers a lot, and there aren't many books on the subject, especially not in English, so this is something I'd highly reccomend to any Polish-American, and to other curious people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patsy Novak on July 1, 2014
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An excellent resource that brought back to mind many of the long-lost Polish traditions that my large ethnic maternal family practiced during my early years. I actually bought two copies...one for me and one for my oldest daughter Amanda, because she wanted to begin exploring her Polish roots (from which she gained, among other things, her beautiful looks and her gorgeous red hair!!!). Highly recommended book!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gerard S. Zabik on March 6, 2014
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This book covers many traditions my younger relatives did not even know. I knew about many of them. This book is a great reference!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By knowitallwantabe on June 23, 2014
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I really enjoyed brushing up on the traditions of Poland. It reminded me of my childhood. Easy good reading and some great recipes.
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By Ivas A Gorzynski on September 11, 2013
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A great book for people doing genealogical research on Polish ancestry, or anyone who simply wants to understand Polish culture. This really sheds light on the traditions of Polish people, by connecting those traditions with the cycle of the year. Very readable.
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