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The Longstone - celebrations with the local Morris 'The Men of Wight' and Wight Druids. I finally get out with my camera and it's a 4am start to photograph Morris Men dancing at the Longstone (Thought to be an ancient Druid Sacred Site where many pagan rituals were performed)


Beltane, or May Day, celebrates the beginning of Summer on ancient calendars, and marks the halfway point between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice. Spring has sprung, and Summer is on its way.


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chappo1
I hope no virgins were sacrificed in the production of this image!!!! It is nice to see the rituals recorded....john
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#1 Thu May 1, 2008 11:23am

Hangin10
Thanks for the comment John. One of the Stones has fallen over and looks just like an Alter. Some people believe the Celtics sacrifices White Bulls here... But also a meeting place during the Dark Ages and that the Saxons used it to announce judgement.
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#2 Thu May 1, 2008 11:39am

vab
Well captured! As long as no one thinks a photographer would make a good sacrifice..Lol. You are keen - 4.am!!! Viv
#3 Thu May 1, 2008 11:58am

phototoad
Guess I should have looked at this one first, nicely done Paul. Looks like a great time was had. Maggi
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#4 Thu May 1, 2008 2:06pm

Hangin10
Thanks Viv and Maggi....they all went onto a local pub for a cooked breakfast...but I had to leave them to it.
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#5 Thu May 1, 2008 3:22pm

jhnorfolk@googlemail.com
Two things...
Firstly, its quite difficult to photograph Morris Dancers as they are constantly on the move in different directions and front ones will hide the back ones so this is a good effort
Secondly, the caption to the photo is wrong. THese dancers are NOT Beltane. I am unable to identify them but I do know that Beltane are a blackface side of Border Morris Dancers from Devon whereas the dancers in the photo are Cotswold Morris Dancers who are not "blacked-up".
John Howard Norfolk
#6 Mon February 22, 2010 5:31pm




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