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Thread #104600   Message #3920367
Posted By: Senoufou
27-Apr-18 - 09:56 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance
Subject: RE: Folklore: The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance
Forgive me if someone has already posted this, but the reindeer horns used in the dance were fairly recently carbon-dated to around 1065AD.
There was doubt as to whether any reindeer existed in this country in those days. It's more likely they were imported, but no-one can suggest why. I wonder if they were brought over by the Normans (as living beasts) during the Invasion of 1066AD.
I find the tune (especially played on a lone violin) absolutely haunting and mesmerising.