June 19th, 2012

Pre-Christian/Early Medieval German Life and Society

Being an avid troper, I discovered this through TV Tropes' "Writing Excuses" article. I figured, "Hey, I love researching stuff! And I need help researching all the little details for my story, anyway."

Specifically, I'm researching Pre-Christian/Medieval Germany and Ireland for a story because I'm sick of the generic "European fantasy" going around, and also sick of "Medieval ENGLAND." Finding stuff about pre-Christian Ireland is easy since I'm an Irish Reconstructionist pagan and I'm pretty much living pagan-Irish ethics (with heavy modifications for living in a modern American town), but finding stuff about Pre-Christian/Medieval Germany is considerably harder.

Most of the stuff I can find on Google ("Medieval Germany society," "pre-Christian Germany") was written by the Romans, and we all know how much spin they put on everyone who wasn't them.

I know the basics (food, geography, not having a unified state, and the king was elected from the nobles), but I'd also like whatever information people have on clothing, daily life, and folklore/religion, especially since the whole story is built on a disastrous culture clash between Fantasy-Ireland and Fantasy-Germany.

My Google searches on "German paganism" or similar phrases will inevitably lump it in with GERMANIC paganism, especially Norse mythology. *facepalm*

Thanks in advance, and if any further details or clarification are needed, I'd be happy to give them.

Clubs, pubs and flirting in 1940s/50s Jamaica

Hi there.

I have a scene wherein a traveller from elsewhere (we'll say an alternate but connected world) is searching for a particular woman in mid-20th century Jamaica. I can fudge the timing somewhat because he doesn't pay much attention, but 1940s-60s, earlier the better, is what I'm looking for.

What I've found so far is that this is the time Jamaica was gaining political autonomy from Britain, they had a general election in 1944 (and have had 16 since), their economy was a shambles and various other wider cultural details which are useful but not what I'm looking for.

I've googled 1940s (and 50s) jamaica, clubs/bars/pubs jamaica 1940s and variations thereof. I can't even think how to go about googling my second question.

What I am looking for is whether there'd be a specific name for a club or pub or place where younger people would gather, so I can research them more fully. Ideally this would be where he'd find the young woman in question 2 and they'd have a drink together.

I'd also like to know what a semi-flirtatious young woman would say to a man she was serving in a bar/club/store. For example around where I live right now she'd be likely to say "Hiya sweetheart, what can I get you?" or something similar. What would a young woman in Jamaica at this time say?
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