Saturday, October 1, 2011
Beltane Ritual 2011
Dress in your finery, be creative!
Although the ritual is still being formalised we would love to see participants involve themselves by creating these items as keepsakes and more importantly as part of the magic....
Masks have traditionally been used in times long past, generally we see them featured as part of Mummers or Guisers Plays. Some scholars have proposed that these formed part of the Fertility Cults working throughout Europe and the United Kingdom. Some scholars in recent years have lost favour with this traditional thought and in some new folklorist research some alternative theories are just emerging- Christina Hole, Anne Ross and the National Centre for English Cultural Research all offer an amazing array of information, evidence and theories.. Evan John Jones & Chas. S.Clifton's book "Sacred Mask-Sacred Dance" offers an informative read. There is also some evidence which supports the customs of masks in older traditions of Scandanavian and Slavic traditions.