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The village of Abbots Bromley in Staffordshire is home to one of the most intriguing British folk customs, the Horn Dance .

The village of Abbots Bromley in Staffordshire is home to one of the most intriguing British folk customs, the Horn Dance .

Yorkshire and Beyond: Saltaire Festival - Morris Dancing

The Tenth Saltaire Festival is now well and truly underway. Today three groups of Morris dancers entertained as they danced around the vi.

Morris dancers at Stonehenge

Summer Solstice celebrations

The Summer Solstice, or Litha, is an important pagan festival. Thousands of pagans gather every year to celebrate the solstice at Stonehenge in June.

1890s photograph of the Bidford-on-Avon Morris Dancers

An Interview with a Morris Dancer

photograph of the Bidford-on-Avon Morris Dancers

To me, Paganism is almost less of a religion than it is a ritualized celebration of the natural world and things that make us human. Honestly, Paganism tends to give a lot of atheists difficulty because we break a lot of molds held by other religions. Many atheists consider non-religions and atheist to be synonymous; yet we're a religion where many adherents are atheist.

Morris Men dance at a May Day dawn celebration service in front of St. Michael's Tower on Glastonbury Tor

HISTORY OF MORRIS DANCING

Bucknell Morris Dancers photographed around 1875

Silwood Morris, later Berkshire Bedlam, well off the ground.

Silwood Morris, later Berkshire Bedlam, well off the ground.

Molly dancing is associated with the annual Plough Monday tradition (the first Monday after Twelth Night), during which young farmhands would drag a plough round the local villages, crying "a penny for the plough boys", and if no penny was forthcoming cut a furrow across the cheapskate's front lawn.

Molly dancing is associated with the annual Plough Monday tradition (the first Monday after Twelth Night), during which young farmhands would drag a plough round the local villages, crying "a penny for the plough boys", and if no penny was forthcoming cut a furrow across the cheapskate's front lawn.

Morris Dancers, Bewdley Festival

The week that we stayed in Bewdley, Worcestershire, was the Bewdley Festival week. The day we wandered around the town the Morris dancers were in full swing.

English Folk Dance | English folk dancers in traditional costumes dancing in Cathedral ...

English folk dancers in traditional costumes dancing in Cathedral Square at Winchester Mayfest in Hampshire stock photo

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