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Thread #71557   Message #1225383
Posted By: Les in Chorlton
14-Jul-04 - 02:03 PM
Thread Name: Freemasonry and Sword Dancing
Subject: RE: Freemasonry and Sword Dancing
The reason I raised this issue is a friend gave me lots of back copies of the Folk Music Jounal (EFDSS). The 1978 edition has an article by Ivor Alsop on the Papa Stour Dance. The article ends:

'all sword dances are in some way bound up withe rites of Freemasonry. This remarkable theory is expounded by James E Spears in an article entitled "A note on the Shetland Sword Dance" which appeared in Volume 32 of No 4 of 'The Southern Folk Lore Quarterly'. But this I leave to some-one more qualified than me to look into.'

So, what do think???????????