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Thread #157043 Message #3704683
Posted By: GUEST,Rattler
27-Apr-15 - 06:58 PM
Thread Name: What exactly is Morris dancing?
Subject: RE: What exactly is Morris dancing?
Many styles, many regions of England. Our "Plough Morris" tradition in the East Midlands is best expressed with mud on the boots and flat caps as you'll see on May Morning at sunrise on Castle Hill, Laxton, Notts.!
Morris has always been associated with the passing of the seasons, the agricultural calendar, the high-days and holydays of the rural population.
It's paying respect to the land, the forces of nature, the natural cycles. Once it may have been believed literally: Now, the need to respect the natural cycles and work with, rather than against nature has been recognised by those of us that seek solutions through science!
When we dance up the sun on Mayday, traditional belief and 21st century principles combine in an ideal that we CAN follow!