The Origins of May Pole Dancing.

maypole-monopolists-1885-lcpThe origin of May Pole dancing dates back to the Pagan times, and the Maypole was basically a phallic symbol. Trees have always been the symbol of the great vitality and fertility of nature.
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May Pole dancing was therefore strongly associated with fertility. Traditionally May Pole Dancing was performed by the young girls from the Medieval villages as part of the May time celebrations.
The History of the Maypole and May Pole dancing was connected with both the Druids, Wiccans and the Romans. 1 May was an important date for the Druids as this was when the festival of Beltane was held.
Beltane marked the beginning of the pastoral summer season and was celebrated by lighting fires.
Wiccans celebrated by dancing round a Maypole and choosing a May Queen.
Then the Romans came to occupy the British Isles.
The beginning of May was also an important feast time for the Romans which was devoted primarily to the worship of Flora, the goddess of flowers when the Festival of Floralia was held.
Over time the traditions and rituals of the Floralia were added to those of the Beltane culminating in May Pole dancing, which is still carried out to this day.
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