Zvuky Prahy / Sounds of Prague

terénní nahrávky, zvukové umění, rádio, zvukové procházky
field recordings, sound art, radio, sound walks

Dancing with a bear

Creator: milos (Miloš Vojtěchov...)
Submitted: 2013-02-09
Recorded: 2013-02-09
Licence: Creative Commons Licence
Download: 130210123053.mp3

A dance with bear figure during the Carnival procession direction Holý vrch.
Leading dancing bears had been a part of Balkan culture with roots going back to early Byzantine times, when bear leading Gypsies were a regulated guild in Constantinople. Dancing animals were required for Imperial processions. Leading dancing bears is still widely practiced in India and it may have been brought to Europe by the migration of the Roma towards Europe from India sometime before the first millennium AD.