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In pictures: A journey through the English ritual year

Ms Hannant observed many of these customs have a distinct Pagan element. "That is what fascinated me particularly," the photographer said, "the desire to connect to a potential Pagan past." These customs also often attract a huge turnout, such as the Jack-in-the-Green in Hastings in May (pictured), which attracts thousands of people and has a parade including giants, Morris dancers and fire-eaters. They lead Jack to the top of the castle hill, where he is ceremonially slain.

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The Tea Is Calling And I Must Go - Art Print

The Tea Is Calling And I Must Go - Art Print #teaprint #artprint #teaart

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Jack in the Green has become identified with the mysterious Green Man depicted in mediaeval church carvings and is widely felt to be an embodiment of natural fertility, a spirit of the primeval greenwood and a trickster; he is linked to such mythological characters as Puck, Robin Goodfellow, Robin Hood, the wild man, and the Green Knight, among others such as the folklore behind the legend of Robin Hood.

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Jack in the Green Festival, Hastings by Chris Parker. "Jack in the Green is a participant in the traditional English May Day celebrations. I set up a temporary studio in Hastings to record the variety of costumed characters who attended in 2012."

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