Monday, September 08, 2008
May King Out
There’s a tradition of maypole dancing and Beltane festivities in Laverstone. Mostly it’s an excuse for a party and a medieval fair around the town centre (as opposed to ‘Barney’s Fun Fair’ which occupies the park on the May Day bank holiday weekend) and the environs of St. Jude’s.
While the tradition of the May King and Queen is relatively well known, what is less celebrated is what happens at the end of the year, when the Forest King returns to the land, to be butchered so that the new harvest can begin. The God is symbolically reborn afterwards.
Ronnie Walker enjoyed being May King to the nineteen year old queen, Lisa Brown. He thought that was the end of his duties, other than to pass on his crown of oak and ivy leaves. The Society of Chaotic Kinship has other ideas. They want a return to the old ways, and Lisa has an ancient knife.