in the Orkney islands is, and always has been, steeped in tradition.
These days, some of these customs
remain strong while others have become mere shadows of their former
selves - if not forgotten altogether.
As with our folklore, the islands' various traditions
revolved around the realities and demands of island life - the elements,
work, the cyclical pattern of the seasons and the inevitable cycle
of life - birth, marriage and death.
As is always the case, these traditions are dying
out rapidly as the old folk, the last guardians, slip away, one
by one taking the unwritten wealth with them to the grave.