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'''Tokens''' are given out in the [[SCA]] for a number of reasons, such as winning a [[tournament]].
[[Favour]]s given as signs of love are sometimes called "[[tokens]]" in the SCA, and as such should preferably be of personal significance to giver and reciever. Ordinary favours (not tokens) do not imply any love interest by themselves, merely that you uphold someone's honour for reasons of friendship or political alliance.
Tokens of esteem may also be given in the SCA. For example you might recieve a [[tassel]] for winning a tournament, or a small metal charm or similar in honour of your travelling ([[wayfaring]]) a long way to an event. These type of tokens can also be freely displayed in similar manner to favours, but do not imply that you are representing the group that gave the token.
== Regional Differences ==
The difference between a favour and a token varies from kingdom to kingdom. In [[Meridies]], the definitions of a [[favour]] and token are the opposite of what is described above, with a token being a casual gift of honor and a favour being reserved for romantic intent. In the [[East Kingdom]], the term favour is used for all of the above.
In some places, the terms favour and token also refer to specific physical objects. A favour in this case is a piece of [[fabric]], often worn on the [[belt]], illustrated with some [[device]] or insignia. It can represent an office or a group affiliation as well as more personal relationships. A token can be any trinket worn on a string, and can also refer to a [[site token]].
== External Links ==
* lovely survey of period love tokens - http://hometown.aol.com/noramunro/Tokens/index.htm
*A 12th C scene of a bride giving her husband a [[http://www.abdn.ac.uk/stalbanspsalter/english/commentary/page057.shtml ring and sword belt as romantic tokens]] before he departs to fight, with commentary on their significance as symbols of fidelity.

Revision as of 02:40, 29 January 2006