This link between Unitarians and the Venus of Willendorf is very
interesting. It begs the question, which countries now have Unitarian
churches? It also makes one wonder if other representations of the
feminine half of humanity and the Universe have established public
access to their times of congregation?
> You wrote...
> > What is it about Unitarians and Morris dancing? I saw three instances in
> > today's mail of dancing out at Unitarian churches. Must be something to do
> > with Pagan rites.
> You're probably kidding, but I think you're right, in a strange indirect
> way. Churches are, in general, desirable places to dance, because they
> tend to have big rooms and little rents. But a lot of churches are kind
> of suspicious about Morris dancing because of its association with pagan
> ritual. Whether there's any historical justification for this is another
> question, but the association certainly exists in a lot of people's minds.
> I remember once playing for a Morris team that danced at St. Mary's
> Cathedral in San Francisco, right up on the stage, no less (is that the
> same as the "altar"?) -- apparently the bishop came close to apoplexy when
> he found out.
> The Unitarians don't react this way, because the Unitarians accept
> Paganism as one of the many religions they embrace. Our local Unitarian
> church has banners all over it representing the world's major religions
> -- a cross, a Mogen David, a yin-yang symbol, a crescent, and so forth.
> They obviously put a good bit of thought into what they'd use to represent
> Paganism, and came up with a stylized image of the Venus of Willendorf,
> which I thought was very nice of them. So maybe that's why, if you want a
> church to dance in, the odds might favor you ending up in a Unitarian one.
> The Berkeley Morris practices in a Congregational church -- well, that's
> what it used to be; lately I think it's become a Chinese Baptist church.
> We never had the teensiest problem with them, but it's possible that's
> because we're always careful to refer to what we do as "folk dance".