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Monday, 4 January 2016

The Holly Man


The Holly Man (the winter version of the Green Man) led the Mummers out of the Thames to perform their ancient pagan rites.  (Or very entertaining plays).  A rather entertaining folklore that attracted a group of hardy followers that weren't put off by the rain.  This performance occurs every year on the twelve night so book it in for next year!

17 comments:

Stefan Jansson said...

Very mysterious.

Bill Nicholls said...

Rather him than me with that lot on

Dave said...

Does it pre date Christianity? I hope he's got some thick clothing on underneath all that.

Anne Hagman-Niilola said...

Awesome!

Sharon Anck said...

You got a great shot of this character.

Gunn said...

I might do that....
I have never heard about this.
Reading & following your blog is quite interesting, fun, and also a way to learn more about the big city.
Great image ( or should I use portrait here.)

Chel at Sweetbriar Dreams said...

Oh wow! Hadn't heard of this one and will look it up now to make sure we see it next year! Take care xx

Mandy Southgate said...

Oh, this is fascinating! I bet this is what Shakespeare's Twelfth Night is about, right? Makes me want to read it now.

William Kendall said...

Fascinating look!

RedPat said...

Wow - super shot, Mo!

Linda Sue said...

Oh dear, that poor guy, Holly has got to be the most uncomfortable choice of attire, ow! Great photo!

Angie said...

Fantastic shot!! I'm reading about stuff like this in "STUFF BRITS LIKE" by Fraser McAlpine

Lowcarb team member said...

Goodness - what a photo !

All the best Jan

Babzy said...

Wow. Beautiful costume and interesting folklore!

Babzy said...

Wow. Beautiful costume and interesting folklore!

Jack said...

This is a great costume and a great photograph of the costumed man.

Maggid said...

This is AMAZING!!! Thank you for sharing with us. (WOW!!)

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