What is flyting?
-Medieval Scottish contest of verbal abuse skills
-European form of ancestor worship
-Type of ritual dance in Native Hopi culture
-A technique for throwing handmade pottery
The Scottish poets, known as makaris, began the poetic competition known as “flyting.” During a flyting competition, two rivals squared off in a contest of verbal abuse. Renowned for its ferociousness and extravagance, the flyting contestants attacked each other verbally to showcase their mastery of spoken invective. The traditional is apparently derived from the Gaelic “filid,” a class of professional poets who specialized in composing savage tirades against anyone who offended them. Source: Britannica.com