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Abbots Bromley Horn Dance

A great British tradition takes place in early September each year (Wakes Monday).

Sir Benjamin Stone’s Pictures – Festivals, Ceremonies and Customs. Published by Cassell & Co. London. 1906, Public Domain

In the village of Abbots Bromley in Staffordshire a team dance the Horn Dance.

There are six dancers, a musician, a Maid Marion figure (played by a man),  a Hobby Horse, the Fool, a boy with a bow and arrow, and another with a triangle. In ancient times, the dancers were all male, but recently girls have taken the triangle and bow and arrow roles.

The horns are actually reindeer antlers dated to around 1065, a time when no reindeer lived in England.

The dance moves are related to Morris dancing, and similar dances from Europe and Africa.

It boggles my mind, as a writer, how limited my imagination is.
I couldn’t make this stuff up.

More here, of course, Wikipedia