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Members of the Hunters Moon Morris 'side' dancing at dawn on mayday at Holywell Beach, Cornwall. The origins of the black and silver 'tatters' and blacked-up faces are unclear. Attempts have been made to explain the traditional black faces by equating Morris with 'Moorish' (African) dances from the middle ages, but current thinking holds that it was more likely to have been a form of disguise, as the activities of morris dancers and mummers were generally frowned upon by the rural clergy and squirearchy. Morris dancing.