Tuesday, 6 May 2014

The Slaying of Jack In The Green

I was in Hastings, East Sussex yesterday to see the Spirit of Summer officially released after the procession and symbolic slaying of Jack in the Green. I took a few shots of the event as you will see here. For more information about this traditional English May Day parade, you can find out more on Wikipedia, here.

As Wikipedia describes : Amongst modern "folkies" and neo-pagans the Jack in the Green has become identified with the mysterious Green Man depicted in mediaeval church carvings and is widely felt to be an embodiment of natural fertility, a spirit of the primeval greenwood and a trickster; by extension he is linked to such mythological characters as Puck, Robin Goodfellow, Robin Hood, the wild man, and the Green Knight, among others such as the folklore behind the legend of Robin Hood.

1 comment:

  1. Hastings? Summerisle, more like. I have a real soft spot for things like this...


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