Chapter 2. The Iron Age - Early Bazites
The Iron Age Bazites built themselves a pretty cool pad
and life was an exciting mix of the four "f's": farming, fighting,
feasting and fornication. The proximity to Stonehenge ensured a reliable
supply of magical herbs and intoxicating ideologies, guaranteed to add
life to any party. Common pastimes included gambling, boasting, the
exchange of insults and ale drinking contests. There was always a big
Mayday fair, during which the Green Man and his Hobbyhoss roamed the
countryside chasing young maidens stimulted from dancing round the maypole
in lush meadows of spring flowers.
Although troupes of mummers were often tolerated, morris dancers were never popular. Summer was generally hard work, except of course for midsummer's week, another good time to get your leg over. Harvest came and was rarely poor, so there was little to fear in the great feasting hall of Bazing on All-Hallows Eve when Canum, the horned god and his wild hunt of goblins and evil spirits rode abroad. The next day was the official start of winter so the large wiccan bonfire in the shape of a man was lit to mark the passing of another year. The warm glow provided by the outcasts and criminals caged within the wicca man lifted the souls of the peasantry as they set to face the generally cold and mostly dull days ahead. At least until the mid-winter bash which was generally considered an excellent excuse for a piss-up and a snog under the mistletoe.
Equinoxes were generally considered pretty good fun as well.
Artwork and text ©2004 Chuck Whelon