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Podcast creator and host Mark Norman presents some short articles on the theme of Easter traditions in various European countries. These pieces have been researched and written by members of the Folklore Podcast volunteer group. The contributors are Selene Paxton-Brooks, Pola Schiavone, Joana Varanda and Lara C Cory.
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A talk presented by John Billingsley as part of the Hidden Charms 2 conference in 2018.
In the traumatic political upheavals that followed the overthrow of Albania’s Communist state, Albanians found that traditional apotropaics may have had metaphysical efficacy, but couldn’t protect them from capitalist evils. The result was the creation of a new apotropaic device that cynically reflects capitalist disposable culture as well as universal sentiment, and has an echo in contemporary western culture.