Wednesday, January 03, 2007
It cannot be doubted by the fair-minded that golf is derived from Paganica, nor that it is fair to refer to Golf and all persons and things associated with Golf as “Paganican”.
It is also patently true that the final modern evolution to the game we know now necessitated the fusion of Roman Leisure and Gaelic Rancor, for the solitary competitive nature of Golf clearly has relatives in other Celtic past-times, such as the Caper Throw and Stone Toss, but the final product reflects the pastoral urbanity of Roman Civilization.
Simmering away in the Collective Unconscious are multitudinous references, direct and indirect, to this Paganican Ideal in the writings of P.G. Wodehouse’s The Golf Omnibus. In that weighty tome are found dozens of examples of Paganican Behaviour. The complex subtleties that make up the Paganican Ideal can only be found in the potent tension between Blue-Faced Savagerie and Elegant Courtly Behaviour.
I am trying to convince the nouveau snobs at Wikipedia that this is so, without luck, so far.