I could not get the link to the page to load properly. It is well known in English-speaking countries. To make matters worse, in 2008, Anglican Canon Matthew Damon, of Wakefield Cathedral in West Yorkshire, claimed the movements in the song came from a mockery of a Catholic mass, and that the name derives from hocus pocus. “As recently as 2008, a few Catholic Church officials have considered the “Hokey Pokey” as an example of “faith hate,” but it doesn’t seem most took these allegations all that seriously and there isn’t much in the way of documented evidence to back up the “Catholic hate” origin theory.”. The Hokey Cokey- to give it its proper name - is an old British song. If your comment contains a hyperlink to another site, your comment automatically goes into "Comments Purgatory" where it waits for release by way of moderation. Supporters of Rangers FC have been banned from singing anti-Catholic songs at Ibrox stadium to taunt their rivals Celtic, a club with Catholic roots. So it could have been used as a taunting, anti-Catholic song. I should disclose I gave a different name to the President for a simple reason. Most all of us played "Hokey Pokey" as kids, and I never saw it as anything but a fun game for kids to play. It turns out that the Hokey-Pokey is an anti-Catholic song. The Eucharist is the “source and summit of the Christian life”. the Latin Mass. rendition. It kept jumping up and down so I only got to read the I was born and raised in the 50's in the South - the Bible Belt - and if there was anything "sacreligious" about it, you can bet it … It was played and danced at every Catholic wedding in my mother’s huge Catholic family all through the 60s and 70s, and we used to always be doing it as Catholic primary school children too. A number of years ago on Mission Sunday we had a visiting priest actually attempt to engage the whole congregation in a rendition of the hokey pokey during Mass, He began with “put your right leg out…” and ended by standing in front of the altar and saying “shake your body all about,” while doing some type of horrible dance. Some Scottish Catholics have suggested that doing the "Hokey Pokey"-- or "Hokey Cokey," as it is sung in Great Britain-- should be banned as an expression of anti-Catholic prejudice. Karla asks: Where did the “Hokey Pokey” come from? I did not want to go through this anti-Catholic … to do with Mass. As far as I know, I am the only one left. As noted, my friends are VERY orthodox and faithful Catholics and so I am generally not willing to start an argument (even a friendly one) without doing my homework first. Lots of attention on a small question! It just doesn’t make sense that the hokey pokey was created to make fun of Catholics. Wow!! Welcome Ken! Matt Damon? Although apparently innocuous, it was devised as an attack on and a parody of the Catholic mass. “As recently as 2008, a few Catholic Church officials have considered the “Hokey Pokey” as an example of “faith hate,” but it doesn’t seem most took these allegations all that seriously and there isn’t much in the way of documented evidence to back up the “Catholic hate” origin theory… Story by Auslan Cramb, Scottish Correspondent Telegraph UK: A spokesman for the leader of the church in Scotland said the song had disturbing origins. I was taught that “Hocus Pocus,” the term supposedly used by magicians, was a slur against the Latin words of Institution. If this charge is true, maybe the Hokey-Pokey really is what it’s all about? Even the modern history of it is somewhat convoluted. It is just a children’s song to develop motor skills, practice listening and following instructions, and to learn and practice right and left. Rumours about a Caramilk Hokey Pokey bar- a mix of the cult Cadbury block and golden honeycomb pieces- swirled online this week after multiple post appeared in a Caramilk fans Facebook group. A spokesman for Cardinal Keith O'Brien of Edinburgh alluded to the "disturbing origins" of the children's song, which includes a parody of the words of consecration from the Latin Mass. But The Hokey Pokey — the right-hand-in, right-hand-out ditty that sparked a 1950s dance craze — has be­come the fo­cus of a bizarre con­trove rsy in Br i t a i n t h a t h a s drawn in politi­cians, the Catholic Church in Scot­land and soc­cer fans ac­cused of ex­ploit­ing the song’s al­leged anti-Catholic roots to … Even the song The Hokey Cokey (also known as The Hokey Pokey) is now considered a hate crime against Catholics. It originates in a British folk dance, with variants attested as early as 1826. For official apologetics resources please visit. Maybe they were making it up so they wouldn’t be seen with a grown man doing the Hokey Pokey. Now, I can imagine a non-Catholic saying something like “attending a Catholic Mass is like doing the hokey-pokey,” but I don’t think the invention of the hokey-pokey was to make fun of the Mass. Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Comments Policy: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic. Should you hear the claim again, ask for a source. I don't think anyone needs to be arrested, but apparently the story is true - that the Hokey Cokey (known as the Hokey Pokey in the USA) did originate with Anti-Catholic overtones (yes, I know that wikipedia is not an authoritative source). The Hokey Pokey is Anti-Catholic! The last oasis of human survivors has been destroyed. In the same month, the Hokey Cokey - a traditional song associated with British Music Hall tradition and knees ups in London pubs - was said to be "possibly sectarian". This is a very conservative parish and we were all horrified. “If there are moves to restore its more malevolent meaning then consideration should perhaps be given to its wider use.”. It is up to whoever made that assertion to prove it, and in the absence of proof, you are within your rights not only to ignore it, but to tell the person that you are going to ignore it. There are those who insist the song originated with Scottish Puritans in the UK as an anti-Catholic taunt. Awfully close to Hokey Pokey though. The phrase is said to be a Puritan parody of the Latin “hoc est enim corpus meum” or “this is my body” used by Catholic priests to accompany the transubstantiation during … In any case, given the responses provided, it will be easier to go in next week and ask for documentation on their assertion. It is not specifically in any case. There’s no one definitive answer to where the Hokey Pokey (or Hokey Cokey) ultimately derives from. Hokey-Pokey could be from Hocus-Pocus which they thin could be from a misinterpretation they heard of According to the church, the song’s title derives from the words “hocus pocus”. That’s one of several thoughts on how it originated. Is there documentary evidence either for or aginst? Everyone learns it as a child it’s practically an alternative National Anthem. Others claim it was a fun song written from a Shaker tradition. The Hokey Cokey (United Kingdom, Ireland and the Caribbean) or Hokey Pokey (South Africa, United States, Canada, Australia, and Israel) is a campfire song and participation dance with a distinctive accompanying tune and lyric structure. Is this true? Sign up to receive my FREE Catholic updates via e-mail and receive a FREE copy of my e-book, Thomas Aquinas in 50 Pages: A Quick Layman's Guide to Thomism. 5, read by Dr. Taylor Marshall, TRUMP fights 4 SUITCASES of FAKE VOTES in Georgia, Eucharistic Miracles Film from an Oscar award-winning team coming in 2021. Apparently the overtones didn't make it across the Atlantic and through time, because I know of no Catholic who knew of this in the USA. When you sign up, you'll receive a FREE copy of my e-book on Saint Thomas Aquinas. I have been searching around for the past couple of days, but there was nothing substantial turning up (a papal bull would have been nice). One of the funniest moments in the Babylon 5 sci-fi TV series was hearing Ambassador Londo Mollari, an alien from the Centauri Republic, try to figure the hokey-pokey out: From National Catholic Register - a nice little article less than one page in length entitled: For All Your “Hokey Pokey” Humor and/or Evil Conspiracy Needs. I'm wondering if I can be retroactively appalled. When I think about all the birthday parties I went to as a child and was forced to dance this, I try to be shocked and appalled. Powered by Discourse, best viewed with JavaScript enabled, : The views and opinions expressed in these forums do not necessarily reflect those of Catholic Answers. A perusal of the murky origins, multiple variants and alterations of content make it improbable that this is the case. ... Jess O'Neill aand Kyle McMindes laugh and celebrate outside Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Omaha. Our poor pastor who had taken the weekend off later assured us we would never see that priest again! They wouldn’t even have made that connection back in the days when the TLM was the only Mass. That seems hard to believe. THe alleged controversy arose in 2008: " In 2008, an Anglican cleric, Canon Matthew Damon, Provost of Wakefield Cathedral, West Yorkshire, claimed that the dance movements were a parody of the traditional Catholic Latin Mass.". I don’t think it is. The phrase is said to be a Puritan parody of the Latin “hoc est enim corpus meum” or “this is my body” used by Catholic priests to accompany the transubstantiation during mass. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. During Mass? by Dr Taylor Marshall I can’t believe it. Thanks to all and I’ll post their response next week. The phrase is said to be a Puritan parody of the Latin “hoc est enim corpus meum” or “this is my body” used by Catholic priests to accompany the transubstantiation during mass. Making fun of the church would require intent and knowledge on the part of those doing the dance and if that is absent, no mocking is occuring . Day 483: The hokey pokey zombies have overrun the stronghold. There are those who insist the song originated in the UK with Scottish Puritans as an anti-Catholic taunt against the Catholic belief that the bread and wine turn into the body and blood of Christ during the Mass. But The Hokey Pokey - the right-hand-in, right-hand-out ditty that sparked a 1950s dance craze - has become the focus of a bizarre controversy in Britain that has drawn in politicians, the Catholic Church in Scotland and soccer fans accused of exploiting the song's alleged anti-Catholic roots to … Like many innocuous songs and dances that you’d assume have fairly benign origins, the Hokey Pokey is believed by some to have fairly sinister beginnings. I would put the hokey pokey right next to the macerena, both of which I abhor - and not for anything that may or may not have occurred 350+/- years ago. I remember when this was in the news my wife and I were on holiday in Spain , and we were going out on the first night and the kids mini disco was going full blast and the song being played was the hokey kokey and I couldn't help laughing ,thinking about all these Spanish presumably Catholic kids enjoying themselves to a tune which in Scotland was claimed to be anti catholic I did find references that linked ‘hocus pocus’ to ‘Hoc est enim Corpus meum’ but nothing that closed the loop to hokey-pokey. She was, of course, wonderful during her hearings as well in which you participated in 2017. So you would really have to reach to associate it with Catholics. Peter Kearney, a spokesman for Cardinal Keith O’Brien, said: “This song does have quite disturbing origins. Just as I’ve “shown” the Anti-Catholic origins of the “Hokey Pokey” (see previous post), so also have I suspected for a long time a similar shameful parentage of the game “Simon Says.” However, it doesn’t attack the doctrine of the Eucharist but, in fact, the Papacy. admonished to sing or dance among the other men. For All Your “Hokey Pokey” Humor and/or Evil Conspiracy Needs. Its lyrics were devised as anti-Catholic taunts in Scotland in the 17th century, some critics say. Hokey cokey is a derivative of ‘hocus pocus’ meaning trickery which is how the Puritans viewed the Catholic doctrine. The Hokey-Pokey song certainly doesn’t have anything Hokey cokey is a derivative of ‘hocus pocus’ meaning trickery which is how the Puritans viewed the Catholic doctrine. I agree that “Hokey Pokey” sounds a bit like “Hocus Pocus”, but “hokey” is also an old slang word for what we would today call “hinky”, meaning a tad strange or suspicious. I did not want to go through, I’m Catholic. There are those who insist the song originated in the UK with Scottish Puritans as an anti-Catholic taunt against the Catholic belief that the bread and wine turn into the body and blood of Christ during the Mass. I attend a weekday Mass with a group of faithful Catholic men. Is the hokey-pokey based on a slur against the Mass? HH: She was wonderful. This video is a series of readings by Dr. Taylor... Video surveillance shows that once the Georgia voting observers are... Ray Grijalba is working with a team to create the... Thomas Aquinas in 50 Pages: Guide to Thomism, Our Family St Nicholas Icon for St Nicholas Day (Dec 6), Saint John’s Gospel Ch. Critics claim that Puritans composed the song in the 18th century in an attempt to mock the actions and language of priests leading the Latin mass. As noted, my friends are VERY orthodox and faithful Catholics and so I am generally not willing to start an argument (even a friendly one) without doing my homework first. The hokey-pokey is a circle dance performed to a song also called The Hokey-Pokey, it consists of various body parts being thrust in and out of the circle and shaken.There are various theories as to where the hokey-pokey originated. Catholic church leaders believe the old time children's ditty pokes fun at priests. in England, a lot of people have gotten upset about the 50’s dance craze because they believe some people use the dance to mock Catholics. This seems to be urban legend. That might have no basis either. If it was created to make fun of the Mass, logic dictates that words would be something like this: “you put your right knee down, you put your right knee up, you put your right knee down and your turn it all about…”. first 2-3 paragraphs. Worse, such anti-liberty legislation in these countries has criminalized and traumatized children. Must be that stiff, formal Dutch heritage. After Mass this week, the hokey-pokey came up and I was (rather sternly) admonished not to sing the song or dance since it was based on a mockery of the Mass. It has even gotten to the point where a Scottish politician called for police action against those who danced the hokey pokey at football matches. Some Scottish Catholics have suggested that doing the "Hokey Pokey"-- or "Hokey Cokey," as it is sung in Great Britain-- should be banned as an expression of anti-Catholic prejudice. I have been searching around for the past couple of days, but there was nothing substantial turning up (a papal bull would have been nice). Submit your email and I'll email it to you (and I promise to NEVER share your email address): Submit your email and I'll email it to you (and I promise to NEVER share your email): You can now receive my blog posts from this site more quickly and easily by becoming an email subscriber by clicking here. Wow!! Some say it was written to satirize the Catholic Mass, especially the consecration, which when spoken in Latin, had the phrase Hoc est enim corpus meum, (this is My Body) from which we get the derisive term “Hocus Pocus”, or, twisting the knife even more, Hokey Pokey. Church bosses believe anyone nabbed singing it could fall foul of laws against incitement to religious hatred. After Mass this week, the hokey-pokey came up and I was (rather sternly) admonished not to sing the song or dance since it was based on a mockery of the Mass. Now if it were Tom Lehrer’s “The Vatican Rag” which my husband used to sing to tease me, then maybe I could understand your friends’ concern a bit better. There is all sorts of room for parody here, as well as in all aspects of life. The Hokey Pokey is anti-Catholic! Not one Catholic in 500 would make any connection between “hokey pokey”/“hocus pocus” and the Latin words of consecration Hoc est enim corpus meum in the Latin Mass. I am not sure why you would be I’m well hidden, but I don’t know how long I can hold out in here. I am sure you were not going to perform a 15 minute It is also the nickname associated with a regional university in the Mid Atlantic. No 'Hokey Pokey,' but wedding receptions can resume June 1 in Nebraska. But it’s not. This is about the last hill in the world I would choose to die on. The song existed, in various forms since 1800s in the UK. Now politicians have urged police to arrest anyone using the song to “taunt” Catholics under legislation designed to prevent incitement to religious hatred. I did find references that linked ‘hocus pocus’ to ‘Hoc est enim Corpus meum’ but nothing that closed the loop to hokey-pokey. It may join a list of banned anti-Catholic songs supporters of (Glasgow) Rangers FC must not use in taunting (Glasgow) Celtic fans. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s. And they fear it could be hijacked by bigots. 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