The Faddy Dance and Furry Day, a study in change

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The Faddy Dance and Furry Day, a study in change

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Although Heston's Furry dance on 8th of May is the most well known, Furry Dances were and are known all over Cornwall. The dance was originally known as the "Faddy" but because of its association with Fair Days (Fer in Cornish) became known as "Furry" Dances. The folklorist's were infatuated with the idea that it descended from the Roman pagan festival of the "Floralia" and this encouraged the use of the term "Flora". The tradition inspired popular singer, Katie Moss to write a song called "The Floral Dance" in 1911 which was a quite different tune and undanceable. This nevertheless encouraged the use of the term "Floral".

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The Faddy Dance and Furry Day, a study in change

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“The Faddy Dance and Furry Day, a study in change,” An Daras, accessed May 25, 2020, https://andaras.omeka.net/items/show/85.

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