Annual All Hallow’s Gathering

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Saturday 29th saw the Annual Hallow’s Gathering organised by the Museum of Witchcraft and Magick in Boscastle.

We were treated to the Dancing of the Dark Morris with the Beltane Border Morris (from Devon), Catseye Morris (from Cornwall) and Wytchwood Morris (from Worcestershire).

A great atmosphere, energetic performances and a playful crowd – not to mention the real ales at The Cobweb Inn and Wellington Hotel (both of which were fully booked for evening meals).

In the early evening there was a lantern parade which accompanied by the Mari Lwyds from Wales and Penkevyll the Lands End Oss.

The Mari Lwyd (the Grey Mare) is a wassailing folk custom found in South Wales. The tradition entails the use of an eponymous hobby horse which is made from a horse’s skull mounted on a pole and carried by an individual hidden under a sackcloth.

obbyoss2smIt represents a regional variation of a “hooded animal” tradition that appears in various forms throughout Britain.

The custom was first recorded in 1800, with subsequent accounts of it being produced into the early twentieth century. According to these, the Mari Lwyd was a tradition performed at Christmas time by groups of men.

Penkevyll the Lands End Oss is, according to many internet sites is a very well travelled ‘Oss if not well-behaved. From what we can gather Penkevyll owes a debt of gratitude to Cassandra Latham-Jones,  Laetitia Jones and Angie Latham. Indeed their direct involvement in the event itself has given life to this wonderful, Boscastle celebration.

The Pwnco Celebration can be considered as a ceremonial ‘battle of wits’ or ‘will’ between the Oss’ often depicted as a question and answer duel.

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(photos: Alan)

Catseye Morris – www.catseyemorris.co.uk

Wytchwood Morris – www.wytchwoodmorris.com

Beltane Border Morris – www.beltaneborder.co.uk

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