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Halloween - Are Lewesians a Bit Nutty ?

On 1 Nov 2010 at 10:08am Newmania wrote:
When I can to Lewes four years ago I was told to avoid getting into any whicker statuery, they are a bit nuts. Last night with the streets of Nevill shrieking with mini witches and warlocks, and some ace displays as well( respek), I did wonder what all these pagan hobgoblin-esque shenanigans meant
Look at the bonfire, I know the history a bit , but the impression is of pandemonium, more Samhuin than Protestant. Last night my neighbour said " Aha...this is old school Lewes tonight... " What does it mean?
The area has been a bit witchy but it is also conspicuously Christian as well as almost religiously rational . Its a strange and , to me fascinating paradox .
So what is it with Lewes , the battle between Dionysian and Apollonian principles? Order and mayhem, reason and animal , Kirk and Spock Holmes and Watson Mind , spirit and body , Don Quixote and Sancho Panza ?
Is Lewes a uniquyely theatrical exploration od the human spirit ?
Or are Lewesians just a bit nuts ?
On 1 Nov 2010 at 10:19am Grunge wrote:
The place for wiitches is Amberley, by a long chalk. I think Lewes is on a ley line (Viz St Michael's, as churches named for St Michael are usually on a ley line). Might this have something to do with it, or is it just another way of expressing our spirituality, whether religious or secular?
On 1 Nov 2010 at 10:31am popeye wrote:
It appears NEWMANIA after reading your article that it is you that appears to be nuts. We Lewesians just like having a bit of fun now and again albeit once a year. There is so much misery in the world that it is so nice to see people enjoying themselves. You sound an ideal candidate for an effigy. There are far too many people like you that move to Lewes and then start moaning about our traditions. All I can say is if you dont like it then B....r off.
On 1 Nov 2010 at 10:39am Newmania wrote:
I like the traditions Popeye and did not mean to sound moany. My kids have been as bit young but next year we will be putting on a show

On 1 Nov 2010 at 11:52am popeye wrote:
Alls forgiven Newmania and good luck for next year.
On 1 Nov 2010 at 9:22pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
There was a house in Highdown Road with two splendid skull-headed, black draped figures either siode of the gate. They were really tall, about 8', and very well done.
They scared me, and I only drove past. If I'd been a kid I wouldn't have dared go past them to bang on that door, I can tell you.
On 1 Nov 2010 at 9:33pm Newmania wrote:
My eldest went in there ANCT , they were superb. The scariest one was the dungeon master with dry ice lit red, fantastic effect
On 3 Nov 2010 at 6:37am Youllneverleave! wrote:
I am struggling with the affliction of being an ex-Lewes resident living in Ringmer. Desperate to move back to Lewes... I love the nutty things that go on. Nobody does anything for Halloween or Bonfire here. But I can assure you it is very scary in Ringmer: all year round. I am terrified.

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