Online Encyclopedia

HORN DANCE

Online Encyclopedia
Originally appearing in Volume V13, Page 708 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
Spread the word: del.icio.us del.icio.us it!
HORN DANCE, a medieval dance, still celebrated during the September " wakes " at Abbots Bromley, a village on the borders of Needwood Forest, Staffordshire. Six or seven men, each wearing a deer's skull with antlers, dance through the streets, pursued by a comrade who bestrides a mimic horse, and whips the dancers to keep them on the move. The horn-dance usually takes place on the Monday after Wakes Sunday, which is the Sunday next after the 4th of September. Originally the dance took place on a Sunday. See Strand Magazine for November 1896; also Folk-lore, vol. vii. (1896), p. 381.
End of Article: HORN DANCE
[back]
HORN (a common Teutonic word, cognate with Lat. cor...
[next]
COUNT ARVID BERNHARD HORN (1664-1742)

Additional information and Comments

There are no comments yet for this article.
» Add information or comments to this article.
Please link directly to this article:
Highlight the code below, right click and select "copy." Paste it into a website, email, or other HTML document.