Discussion: Progressive sentiment behind the Hag tune set?
I’ve heard worry from some quarters about the title of this and related tunes and wonder if anyone knows anything about it?
As far as I understand in Europe we had these witches, hexen, or hags, who were basically people who practiced traditional forms of medicine and healing etc and who were persecuted heavily during the height of the Christian era.
Thankfully the witch hunts were not very strong in Ireland and from what I would understand of the Irish people I have no doubt they would have often been sympathetic to the plight of the hags.
But still these tunes are passed down to us with these titles. Are they making light of the difficulties of the hags, are they corruptions of tunes of neutral or positive sentiment, veiled support for the hags?
We see "Old Hag You Have Killed Me," "Cheer Up Old Hag," "The Hag at The Churn/Church," "The Hag with No/All the Money" and hags of various other physical description, place of origin, or social standing; we even know of a "Protestant Hag."
Very curious to hear what others might think about the provenance of this little pocket of history.