CROSSING THE LINE

Posted September 8th, 2009 at 10:14 am.

Independence Seaport Museum presents
CROSSING THE LINE
by Dr. Simon J. Bronner, Penn State Harrisburg
In conjunction with the exhibition “Skin and Bones: Tattoos in the Life of the American Sailor”
September 12, 2009, 2:30
The lecture is free with membership or Museum admission.
Call 215.413.8640 for more information.
Or see the Seaport Museum website for the exhibition at http://www.phillyseaport.org/Tattoo_Events.shtml.

Hazing at sea will be the topic of a lively presentation describing sailors’ centuries-old shipboard ceremony for crossing the equator. This illustrated talk by Simon Bronner, Ph.D., Distinguished University Professor of American Studies and Folklore at Pennsylvania State University and author of a book on the subject, reveals the sometimes controversial rituals involving role-playing, cross-dressing, initiation rites, and a wild cast of
characters that includes King Neptune, Davy Jones, shellbacks, and pollywogs.
Followed by Q&A and book signing.

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