The Jigsaw Horse
‘You have created something magical and I think it will grow from here’
The story walk was a wonderful improvisation that included everyone that participated and everyone that saw it.
It was a wonderful event made by everyone and that was the beauty of it. That is why people want to be involved again. It culminated in a picnic and had the feeling of a small festival. When we booked the day we hadn’t realized it was a bank holiday and were worried about that but it turned out to be a brilliant day to have it. A holiday, perhaps a holy day, in whatever sense one interprets that.
The Ancient Greeks had many religious festivals, mainly on an annual cycle – there were perhaps at least ten major festivals in Athens, the largest of which was the Panathenaia, celebrating Athens and the goddess Athena.
Typically, they would involve:
- a procession through the streets
- a day off, a holiday (= holy day)
- interactive, participatory
- people dressed in costumes for their particular roles, ie religious participants, musicians,
- music: instruments playing, people singing
- people dancing as the moved along
- an overarching symbolic meaning, perhaps mentioned in songs,
- ending in a feast
Such festivals were not limited to the Greeks and Romans: they have been present in most cultures in history. One also thinks of mediaeval Europe and modern day Mardi Gras.
As you can see, there are many commonalities with the Jigsaw Horse parade.
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