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Posted By: Ruth Archer
16-Sep-07 - 08:32 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance
Subject: RE: Folklore: The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance
I agree completely, Dick. New traditions are important, too. In my last village we had the Happening, which was only about 20 years old and was our May Bank Holiday festival. It was as valid as any other tradition, and it united the community, which is what these things are all about. And people from other villages and towns, who might not have antything similar themselves, used to come and take part, and that was lovely, too.

New traditions are a different thing from copying other people's ancient traditions. Once you remove them for their original context, they are simply not the same thing.

I don't object to people getting hold of some horns and prancing about if they want to. What I object to (and what the Abbots Bromley dancers themselves object to, if the comments on Youtube are anything to go by) is people calling it Abbots Bromley - especially these versions that bear so little resemblance or relation to the original. Let them call it something else, or say it's inspired by Abbots Bromley. But there's only one group of people who can do the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance. Just like there's only one group of Bacup Coconutters, or Marshfield Paperboys.

Does that make sense?