The Heritage of the European Culture and Traditions
“Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire.”
Gustav Mahler (1860-1911), Austro-Bohemian composer
Welcome! Thank you for visiting the Folklore section on the Historia Vivens Web. Here you will find a variety of materials and resources dedicated to the European folk heritage, from the cycle of the seasons to the cycle of the life, including folkloric customs and celebrations from different countries throughout all the year, folk feasts and traditional food, games and entertainment, as well as various elements of the folk calendars related to the cycles of the seasons and nature. We wish these pages may bring you the chance of a charming travel through time and territories to rediscover the wisdom of our ancestors and our deepest roots, trying to keep alive our own cultural and spiritual identity.
Then the outstanding heritage of Folk tales, legends and beliefs will magically accompany you in the enchanted World of the Fair Folk through the devoted subsection featuring some mythological and fantastic creatures that are present in the folk traditions of the European countries.
You will find also an interesting section devoted to Fantasy, dedicated to the eponymous literary genre and including a list of the open events and fantasy fairs in Europe, as well as a short introduction in LARP movement, and finally a rich paper and electronic bibliography with a wide selection of web links and resources about European folklore and traditions.
These pages are constantly evolving, and many new contents will be added soon. So please check back regularly for the last updates. Thank you!
We wish you a pleasant surfing, and hope you will like the contents.
The Cycle of Life
Traditional Food & Cuisine from Europe
Folk Games & Enterntainment
The Storytelling. Folk & Fairytales from Europe
Folklore Links & Bibliography