14 Aug 2014

MORRIS DANCERS

Letter : M

Throughout history, the Morris seems to have been common. It was imported from village festivities into popular entertainment after the invention of the court masque by Henry VIII. The word Morris apparently derived from “morisco,” meaning “Moorish.” Cecil Sharp, whose collecting of Morris dances preserved many from extinction, suggested that it might have arisen from the dancers’ blacking their faces as part of the necessary ritual disguise.

While I was in Eastbourne we went to a  Lammas festival, a festival of the wheat harvest, and of course watched the Morris dancers.



Their faces were painted in black






After their dancing performance, people joined in and all danced together.



This one looked quite impressive !

It was a lot of fun !

Jenny Matlock
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14 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Gattina .. it looked fun and am glad you posted the photos ... cheers Hilary

EG CameraGirl said...

So interesting, Gattina. I had no idea the word Morris may have originated with the word Moors. I can see that a few Morris dancers still blacken their faces.

carol l mckenna said...

Fascinating post of the Morris Dancers for M and great shots ~

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Interesting. What a fun tradition...

Loree said...

Morris dancing is still a popular tradition in England. I have never seen a Morris dance. It looks interesting.

peppylady (Dora) said...

I went to Lammas but had to drive 2 hours.

Coffee is on

Pam Beers. said...

What fun! I'd love to see this as an adult, but I think it would be kinda scary as a child. Love the photos.

Fun60 said...

It looked like a lot of fun. Hope you enjoyed a dance yourself.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Very interesting post. Morris from Moors. I wouldn't have guessed that one.

Take 25 to Hollister

Betty said...

Interesting. I've never heard of them.

Karen S. said...

Wow, this is so cool!

Lmkazmierczak said...

Fascinating post...had not heard of the Morris traditions♪ http://lauriekazmierczak.com/mini-moon/

storybeader said...

How unusual! I'm trying to think of an American equivalent, but can't think of any. Except blackface, whites performers depicting African Americans. I guess it's thought to be racist, but it is just showing whites who want to look black... {:-D

Jenny said...

Wow. What a marvelous post for the letter M.

I love learning from you!

You are a wonderful teacher!

Thanks for a fun and interesting link for the letter M.

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