Kennedy is able to state with complete confidence that that the blacking of the face "to disguise the person and turn him into a ritual actor is a device inherited from the stone age". He says this with particular reference to the Bacup dance, even suggesting that the name 'morris' was given because the black faces made the dancers resemble blackamoors.
Ironic, given that the reality as we now understand it is pretty much the other way round. ie. The black face is fairly modern and probably copied from negro minstrel shows. Kennedy is completely sold on the pagan origins of everything folk related. Hobby horses are 'animal men', etc.
141 pages - 1964
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