[Ansteorra] Gong Farmer (was SCA Vocabulary)
kristi_johnson1972 at yahoo.com
Tue Nov 13 06:39:10 PST 2007
Kind of like an Tudor era Ed Norton.
--- Susan McMahill <sueorintx at hotmail.com> wrote:
> >From the Discovery Channel website:
> The Gong Farmer The gong farmer was the Tudor
> equivalent of a modern mobile toilet attendant. It
> was his job to empty the privies (a row of holes in
> a wooden plank over a tank) of private households.
> Once the farmers vat was full of gong (dung), he
> carted it outside the city walls. The job was so
> unsavoury that gong farmers were only allowed to
> work during the night and were forced to live
> together in designated areas. When tobacco arrived
> in this country most gong farmers became heavy
> smokers to mask the gut-wrenching pong of the gong!
> Sounds like the perfect title for the job rather
> than nasty-crat, etc. ;)
> Well-behaved women rarely make history.
> > From: talana1 at hotmail.com> To:
> ansteorra at lists.ansteorra.org> Date: Mon, 12 Nov
> 2007 13:32:07 -0600> Subject: [Ansteorra] Gong
> Farmer (was SCA Vocabulary)> > > Claire wrote:> > >
> > While you are there look up Gong Farmer. We once
> used that to replace> > nasty-crat. I'd love to know
> if it was accurate or useful. It was a very> > fun
> reference in any case.> > > > As a matter of fact,
> the "Worst Jobs of History - Tudor Era" program
> featured the role and toils of the "gong farmer."
> Very English, very period for SCA. The gong farmer
> cleared out middens, privies, and sewers.> > In
> servicio,> > Talana> >
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