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The Stations of the SunA History of the Ritual Year in Britain$
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Ronald Hutton

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205708

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205708.001.0001

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Morris and Marian

Morris and Marian

(p.262) 25 Morris and Marian
The Stations of the Sun

Ronald Hutton

Oxford University Press

For the next 60 years, the notion of the origins of morris put forward by Sir Edmund Chambers and Cecil Sharp held sway among the public in general and among folkdancers and folklorists in particular. The latter two groups carried out a very valuable amount of additional fieldwork and research into the recent history of the dance. It was, however, always interpreted within the same theoretical framework, authors differing only over the precise relationship between the different varieties of ritual dance and drama in their common descent from the religion of the Neolithic. To preserve Sharp's definition of ‘purity’, upon his death in 1924 the English Folk Dance Society set up a Board of Artistic Control to vet all additions to the repertoire.

Keywords:   morris, Edmund Chambers, Cecil Sharp, folkdancers, folklorists, dance, drama, religion, Neolithic

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