Tuesday, 16 June 2015

BRITAIN'S PAGAN FOLKLORE: THE BRITANNIA COCO-NUTTERS


Britain has a wealth of folklore and tradition, much of which is rooted in a pre-Christian, pagan past that continues to live in much cherish local festivals. The above image by Henry Bourne is from his book Arcadia Britannica: A Modern British Folklore Portrait. It shows one of the Britannia Coco-nutters. Every Easter Saturday, the Coco-nutters black up and dance through the streets of the town of Bacup, England, stopping at pubs along the way.

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