Hobby horse

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The term hobby horse is used, principally by folklorists, to refer to the costumed characters that feature in some traditional seasonal customs, processions and similar observances around the world. They are particularly associated with May Day celebrations, Mummers Plays and the Morris dance in England.

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Hobby horse

  1. 1. •Hobby horse as term •A brief history of hobby horse•The different using of the name hobby horse
  2. 2. Hobby horse is referred to the costumed characters thatfeature in some traditional customs, such as; May Daycelebrations, Mummers Plays, around the world.
  3. 3. And one amang, an Iyrysch man, Uppone his hoby swyftly ran. JOHN BARBOUR, The Bruce(1375)
  4. 4. Hobby horses were popular in Ireland in the Middle Agesand are associated with Morris Dance, English Mummers andMinstrel groups.
  5. 5. Hobby horse took their name from the Irish breed and arestill seen as a part of the English folk tradition. English people celebrated ‘Obby Oss Festival ’ by dressingas hobby horses. This custom dates back to the 16th century.
  6. 6. • A loose woman or strumpet: William Shakespeare usedthis meaning in Loves Labour’s Lost(1588)“ Cal’st thou my love Hobbi-horse? ”
  7. 7. • A child’s nursery toy
  8. 8. •A dance: similar to the stage antics of the mummers’ horses.“Women like these that danced anciently the Hobby-horse in Country Mummings.” RICHARD LASSELS, The Voyage of Italy(1668)
  9. 9. •A wooden horse fixed on a ’ merry-go-round’
  10. 10. •A velocipede : on which the rider proceeded by pushing the ground with each foot alternately; also called a ‘Dandy-horse’.

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