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Dancing Beltane

One of the most iconic images associated with Beltane is the May pole and the dancers interweaving beneath it. And there is no getting away from the obvious symbolism of it being a giant phallic symbol, (it is not just my dirty mind.) The Beltane festivals were usual started the night before with a bonfire, the dancing would happen the following morning. The pole would be erected (insert carry-on inspired joke here) in the village green or common on either a permanent or temporary capacity which had brightly coloured ribbons attached to it. Dancers were then weave in a out creating a plait pattern.


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