Volume 20: The Radom Region part 1

The Complete Works vol. 20: The Radom Region part 1. Wrocław – Poznań 1964, pp. VIII+312. Photo-offset re-edition; first edition: Cracow 1887.

It is the first part of the ethnographic monograph of the territory located between the Pilica and Vistula Rivers and limited in the south by the range of the Kielce monograph. The book contains four chapters: The Country, The People, Customs and Rites. In The Notes, however, there is a considerable number of traditions and legends concerning various neighborhoods and towns or villages of the region. In this volume, Kolberg succeeded in collecting somewhat more folkloristic material associated with bonfire celebrations than in the other monographs. A large number of traditions concerns traditions of the pagan cult alive in the area. The descriptive material for the chapters on The Country, The People, Customs and The Notes was taken largely from ethnographic, historical and general descriptive works of other authors, whereas most of wedding descriptions from 14 villages and almost all of the songs (of the total number of 364 songs, 295 are wedding ones) come from his own records. Kolberg conducted his field work in this region in the years of 1846, 1847, 1854 and 1859. It should be mentioned that this is exactly the region in which, to the west of Radom, Kolberg’s birthplace, Przysucha, is located.