Ah, dingle and wren being two separate things. Dingle Day, and the
Procession of the Wren on St Stephens day.
I have found a reference;
Seems a bit of an oddity. Given its link with the St Stepehn celebrations,
the punnihment of the Wren and the stated English link, does this not imply
a much later adoption of an English custom rather than something much older?
Also St Stephens day in the UK was also a traditional time for blood letting
of horses. Supposedly Austrian/German in origin where celebrations often
centred around a man on horseback riding from town to town. I believe this
is a memory of the way St Stephen went around the forests spreading thw
word. I seem to recall that we actually confused two different St Stephens
to get our 'modern' St Stephens day but I cant find my ntes on that.
From: Francine Nicholson [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 28 June 2002 21:06
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: re obby osses
On Fri, 28 Jun 2002 10:50:55 +0100, Clark, John
<[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>I hope this isn't going to start another of our lively Celts/Saxons
>but I believe E C Cawte _Ritual Animal Disguises_ (1978) concluded the
>ultimate origin was Scandinavian or Germanic (see Simpson & Roud
_Dictionary of English Folklore_ (2000)).
Interesting idea, and *maybe* it could be stretched to explain the horses in
Cornwall and Wales--maybe--but it doesn't explain the horse in the Dingle
Wren procession. Does the author even *know* about the Dingle Wren?