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Thread #20699   Message #216932
Posted By: Ditchdweller
24-Apr-00 - 09:46 AM
Thread Name: The Pagan Alternative. What's the music?
Subject: RE: The Pagan Alternative. What's the music?
To InOBU; Human harvest sacrifices were a part of the old religion and were, secretly, carried out right up to the mid/late 18th cent. in some remote parts of England. There is not a great deal of literature on it, but the film "The Wicker Man" was based on one of the sources. Also included as part of the ritual were the traditions of Straw Dollies and Morris Dancing, which does go back a lot further than the 14th cent. The sacrifices fell out of use when better communications made the practise too risky, though stories circulate that isolated cases did occur right up to the 1930s. Perhaps the last of these was the ritual murder, still unsolved, that took place on Meon Hill, Upper Quinton in Warwickshire, just South of Stratford upon Avon. Sapper