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Saturday, 3 January 2009

Merrydowners Morris Dancers

The origins of this strange dance in reality is unknown. It has been performed for 100's of years, to me so very English, yet there are a mixture of tales of its history, including Celtic, Moorish, pagan and royal stories.
The Merrydowners were dancing this time in the New Years Day Parade.
I have been surprised to learn that there are Morris dance groups all over the world. I would be interested in hearing their history in your country.

8 comments:

mkhansen said...

Maybe someone can explain the meaning in the costume, as well. (The hats are an interesting touch.) I've never seen Morris dancers perform, myself. Very colorful photo!

Paul Garrard said...

There is some debate about how old Morris dancing really is. Some suggest not much older than a hundred years or so, but I don't suppose it really matters. They do tend to be the butt of jokes in folk circles but I've tried it and it's jolly good fun.

PJ said...

This photo and the one preceding are terriffic. I don't think we have New Year's parades here, prolly because people are too hung over. '~)

Eki Akhwan said...

So very English! That's a perfect caption to this wonderful photo. I like the photo in your yesterday's post too, Mo.

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you! And all the best wishes in 2009.

Eki Akhwan said...

Oh, I forgot to answer your question: I don't think any other US presidents have been painted like Obama here. Not that I can remember.

babooshka said...

These have always freaked me out. I too have heard it's from the Moorish Me of Spain. but who knows. Entertaining in a quirky British way.

Paul said...

First picture of Morris men I have seen on a blog.
We have some that come to Saltaire, more than one group.
Not something I could ever imagine doing.

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