From the Studio of Roger Fox

Fire Leaping – Eve of St John

This is a poster for an old midsummer ritual which is still practised in Glossa.

The girls of the village gather at the Louki – the old village well – and fetch water. Under a sentence of silence, they perform a ritual involving an item of jewellery placed in the water and drinking some of it. This will reveal to them the identity of their future husband.

Meanwhile, the wreaths of flowers which were hung outside almost every house on Mayday and  are now withered and dried are collected and brought to the Louki. Here they are set alight and boys leap the flames.

Nowadays both girls and boys display their courage by jumping the fire, but the boys do not yet go to the well.

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