Posted by Gothic Guy
- Saturday, March 26th, 2011
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We have been long time fans of medieval Europe and it’s various legends and myths. We also love fantasy stories such as The Lord of The Rings, The Ill Earth Trilogy and The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant The Unbeliever.
But where does Gothic come in? If you search the web for a defination of Gothic here are some of the results you will find:
characteristic of the style of type commonly used for printing German
of or relating to the language of the ancient Goths; “the Gothic Bible translation”
extinct East Germanic language of the ancient Goths; the only surviving record being fragments of a 4th-century translation of the Bible by Bishop Ulfilas
a heavy typeface in use from 15th to 18th centuries
medieval: as if belonging to the Middle Ages; old-fashioned and unenlightened; “a medieval attitude toward dating”
a style of architecture developed in northern France that spread throughout Europe between the 12th and 16th centuries; characterized by slender vertical piers and counterbalancing buttresses and by vaulting and pointed arches
characterized by gloom and mystery and the grotesque; “gothic novels like `Frankenstein’”
But none of these really define what would be considered today’s Goth culture. So we searched further and found an article titled “What is Goth?” over at www.goth.net. It begins:
This is probably the hardest question any goth could try and answer, one may as well ask ‘what is society?’ as it has so many facets it defies any definitive explanation.
Goth in its simplest form, is a subculture. A group of people who feel comfortable within each others company. There is no specific thing that defines what you need to do or be to fit into the goth scene (except of course the implied black clothing). People in the goth scene all have different musical tastes, follow different religions, have different occupations, hobbies, and fashion sense.
It goes on to ask why do people become Goths? To which the reply is:
Most goths become goths because they have been spurned by ‘normal’ society because the way they want to live their lives does not fit in with how most people are told to live theirs. Goths are free thinkers, people who do not accept the moral rules of society because they’re told ‘This is just how it is’ or ‘This is what God says!’. Rather goths tend to listen to what you have to say, and make up their own mind. This kind of free thinking and rejection of dogma earns only rejection in todays society.
So while we don’t tend to dress in black (most of the time) and definately don’t do the black make up, we do tend to lean in this direction of thinking. It has also made us more understanding of those we see who do dress in the “Goth” style. So you might even call us “Goth-Lights”.
In this blog we will be reviewing various items including notification of upcoming Renaissance Festivals, Medieval Faires and Gothic Gatherings. You will also see reviews of gothic writings, music and videos.
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