[Sca-cooks] Interkingdom Anthropology
Stefan li Rous
stefanlirous at austin.rr.com
Tue Nov 10 00:04:03 PST 2009
Judith, name searcher, said:
<<< This just confounds me. Admittedly I haven't been to a whole lot of
events -- maybe four or five in college, and one since -- but they all
had feasts. Every time I hear about an event on a mailing list,
someone talks about how great the feast was. I've never seen an event
website that doesn't mention feast, even if it's just "feast menu to
be announced." Seems to me like every event's got a feast! I'm just
floored to discover that this isn't the case. >>>
Lol! Such are the joys of what some call Interkingdom Anthropology.
Not only is the Society as sub-culture of the larger, outside
society(s), but there are often some big differences between different
regions and kingdoms. Some caused by climate and outside cultural
differences, some caused by the way the SCA formed and grew and the
much poorer communication between the various groups then.
Because I, and others, have found amusement in this, and because we
often wish to capture these differences before many of them blend
together, you can find examples of these differences in the SCA-
STORIES section of the Florilegium. From the various kingdom-hist
files, to ones that highlight specific differences such as:
SCA-cheers-msg (12K) 11/15/08 Kingdom cheers. Vivat vs. Huzzah.
Judith, you are in the Middle Kingdom, right? Are you aware that it
is one of the few, if not the only one, that still has arguments over
what is an art vs. what is a science? Because it still has different
offices for each.
To me, holding a fighter practice inside (in a gymnasium???!) is just,
There are kingdoms where almost every event is a camping event
(Ansteorra) and it isn't unusual for this to be in an open field with
no running water and no electricity. On the otherhand, I've heard that
in Meridies, many (most?) of the outside events have cabins. Of course
this makes the site fees, much, much higher.
Or that Caid, even though it has wonderful weather, has little in the
way of camping events.
That there are kingdoms where the King's Word is *not* law, and can be
over-ruled by a Curia of oldsters.
And that there is a kingdom that is so backward as to not have Rapier
Places where even the furtherest groups are only a short drive away
(Caid, Trimaris) and others where the closest groups are hours away.
sprd-out-grps-msg (10K) 12/27/01 Handling SCA groups spread over a
Okay, note that some of this was said with tongue firmly in cheek.
But since I've already angered some people...
An-SCA-History-art (8K) 1/27/09 "An SCA History of the Entire
by Sir Batshit ap Llewellyn
SCA-dishes-art (11K) 4/13/00 "A Guide to making the most out of
and its members" by Kim Huett.
PS: I am, of course, willing to take additional comments if you think
I've mis-spoke of your kingdom.
THLord Stefan li Rous Barony of Bryn Gwlad Kingdom of Ansteorra
Mark S. Harris Austin, Texas StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
**** See Stefan's Florilegium files at: http://www.florilegium.org ****
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