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Make Merry In Step and Song
A Seasonal Treasury of Music, Mummer's Plays & Celebrations in the English Folk Tradition

By: Bronwen Forbes
Imprint: Llewellyn
Specs: Trade Paperback | 9780738715001
English  |  264 pages | 8 x 9 x 1 IN
Pub Date: March 2009
Price: $19.95 US,  $22.95 CAN
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This Year, Really Celebrate the Seasons

Every Pagan wants to celebrate the Sabbats and seasons. Unfortunately, for most people that simply means yet another ritual. But look up the word "celebrate" in a dictionary and you'll see that it means to show happiness by doing such things as singing and dancing.

This year you can celebrate the seasons as they were meant to be celebrated with Make Merry in Step and Song, the first book that provides instructions for traditional English folk dances, Mummer's Plays, and songs from a Pagan perspective.

More Than the Maypole

Some Pagans think that the only dances that are part of Wiccan tradition take place around the Maypole. Untrue! Make Merry in Step and Song gives step-by-step, easy-to-follow instructions to learn six traditional ritual dances, including Circle dances, horn dances (such as the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance) and, of course, the best Maypole dance around.

Make Merry in Step and Song also includes the full scripts for six traditional English folk plays. These Mummer's Plays share lessons of death and rebirth and can add historical accuracy and spiritual knowledge to rituals and celebrations in a fun, visual way.

Are you looking for inpsirational songs? Bronwen Forbes' Make Merry in Step and Song includes the words and music for over thirty traditional songs that are sure to add to any seasonal ritual or celebration.

Sorted by the Season

Make Merry in Step and Song is unique in that it doesn't give songs and dances that are only good for one Sabbat. Rather, it separates the book into the seasons and gives plays, dances, and songs that you can incorporate into each of them, either during a ritual or after it. This allows you to choose exactly what fits your needs. It's perfect whether you're working with a small coven or giving a performance in front
of thousands. You might even form a dance, theater, or singing group that goes to various festivals and celebrations. Just imagine how much fun you'll have as people watch you and your friends performing! Or think of how you'll be tapping into the ancient traditions that your Pagan ancestors followed. You can "die" like St. George, "marry" like Maid Marian, or be "cut down" only to rise again like John Barleycorn. All it takes is this book and a little imagination.

More Than the Music, Too

Make Merry in Step and Song also shows you how to do the dances with helpful diagrams and illustrations. It's literally a step-by-step instruction manual. It goes into far greater depth than simply giving the music and plays. It includes illustrations of stage props and costumes so your plays can be perfect. It has helpful tips on everything from constructing the maypole to acquiring deer antlers for the horn dance.

Make Merry in Step and Song also includes explanations of the customs and the traditional, ritual context of the songs, dances, and plays within. The performance pieces in this book have a long history and are an important part of our tradition. Anyone can do them and they're great for all ages. As a bonus you'll learn about
grounding and centering as well as cleansing and releasing, important when dealing with such vibrant enerties!

This is your chance to add excitement, fun, and something very traditional yet completely new to your rituals and celebrations. It's something you can share at festivals all over the world. With this book you will be able to turn staid rituals into celebrations of life. Don't miss out! Get ready for your next ritual and the seasons to come by ordering this book today. You will be able to truly make merry in step and song.

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