July a unique event, as fascinating an example of anthropology
as any in a more remote part of the world, unfolds in the small
Somerset town of Glastonbury.
An event that attracts an extraordinary gathering of women (and
a few men) of all ages, different nationalities, and from all walks
of life. They come especially to worship the Goddess. The five
day 'Goddess Conference' has grown in fame and popularity, and
delegates follow a daily programme of lectures, workshops, ceremonies,
evening picnics and masked galas. Academics, professionals, civil
servants and students, all acknowledging feminist ideals and following
ancient ways and beliefs that have become increasingly significant
the final day a spectacular procession emerges from the town
hall, silk banners and baskets of fruit born high, and men carrying
the willow goddess on a specially constructed cart. Up the High
Street, toiling up Glastonbury Tor, and after a dance encircling
the summit, revellers gratefully consume the fruit laid out at
the feet of the Goddess.
leading the dance.
the Tarantella or Spider Dance.
Carrying the Goddess up the Tor
Celebrating near Glastonbury Tor
Dancing around the bonfire
Dressed as a Goddess
Girl in black on Tor
The Nine Morgans take flight
On Glastonbury Tor
Priestess with white feathers
Representing the element of Air
Parade with banners.
for the Goddess.
the Goddess up Glastonbury Tor.
on the Tor.
laid out for the feast.
on Glastonbury Tor.
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