Music Thursday: Loreena McKennitt “The Mummers’ Dance”

Because Monday is already taken. This column will feature music I listen to when I write, or maybe sometimes music I just like (and therefore think everyone else should, too).

Pre-Christian European beliefs is a subject that has always fascinated me. I love “The Mummers’ Dance” by Loreena McKennitt because it captures the imagery of a time we know now only from folklore and legend. Pay attention to the nature references. All the plants and animals she mentions were (and in some places still are) considered sacred and magical in some way:

Mummers, incidentally, were traveling performers in the British Isles who when from house to house, especially at Christmastime, and performed morality plays, but many of the themes in the plays can be traced back to pagan origins.

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