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Maypoles over the world
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The category will lead to permanent maypoles in the world. The tradition is spread over north and west european countries to the americas
Expanded Description:
A maypole is a tall wooden pole erected as a part of various European folk festivals, around which a maypole dance often takes place. Primarily found within the nations of Germanic Europe and the neighbouring areas which they have influenced, its origins remain unknown. It has often been speculated that the maypole originally had some importance in the Germanic paganism of Iron Age and early Medieval cultures, and that the tradition survived Christianisation, albeit losing any original meaning that it had; however, more recent scholarship has found that the custom of the maypole arose in the context of medieval Christian Europe. It has been a recorded practice in many parts of Europe throughout the Medieval and Early Modern periods, although it became less popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. Today, the tradition is still observed in some parts of Europe and among European communities in the Americas. (Wikipedia)

Maypoles are normaly made of wood or steel, but other materials are accepted. They must be erected permanent in place.
Instructions for Posting a Maypoles over the world Waymark:
Instructions for Posting a Maypole Waymark:

Any maypole must be in an outside location and open to the public.

Visit any outside location where maypoles are on display and provide a minimum of two photographs. There must be a close up of the badges or a detail of the pole and a total view of the whole pole.

In the long description required is the name of the place, town, community and/or general location. A description of the maypole which could include material used, condition and approximate size of the pole. You can include historical information, artist (if known)and donators on the badges. The requirement is a personal narrative and is in addition to any copied text.

The waymarker must personally obtain GPS coordinates.

An English translation is required, however multi-lingual submissions are encouraged.

Naming requirement: NO tilde (~) or double hyphens (--) are allowed in the title.

Include in the title the name of the city, state/province. Please omit from the title any physical address, or other descriptors.

It is not necessary to include the words maypole, as this is understood.

If you are having difficulty with naming your submission, you can contact us or submit and a suggestion will be offered.

Abbreviations are acceptable for state or province.
Country is optional.

Example: Maibaum - Manching, Germany
Example: Maypole - Leavenworth, WA
Example: Maypole - Delta, BC, Canada
Example: Maypole - Bream, Gloucestershire, Great Britain
Example: Midsommarstång - Sölvesborg, Sweden
Example: Maibaum - Nußdorf am Haunsberg, Salzburg, Austria
Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
Enjoy your visit, tell your story and post at least one picture of the maypole. Logs without pictures will be deleted.
Category Settings:
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  • Material
  • Estimated height
  • Main colour of the pole
  • Date of errection
  • Donator/founder
  • Rating
  • URL