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 !
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