Revival of an ancient tradition: FOLKLORUM - The Turisedian Festival Games

The Kulturinsel Einsiedel is located on mythical land. Around a thousand years ago the legendary Slavic people of Turisedia lived here. Every end of the summer they celebrated their Festival Games (today called the Folklorum - Turisedian Festival Games).According to ancient, recently discovered records, political and social questions were playfully answered during the games. And this is to be taken literally!With help of the games, offices were filled, hierarchies were determined, and even strangers could acquire Turisedian civil rights through the victory in the games, if they were skilfull players.

 

The Turisedian Games are magnificent disciplines, which challenged every competitor in its own way. IIf a team won 5 competitions, the had to face the no less crazy ordination ritual.

The following disciplines could be reconstructed and reproduced from old documents:

 

Rolling of the Giant Egg

The Rolling of the Giant Egg goes back to a devastating flood of the meadows of the river Neisse. The tearing water had destroyed the barns and torn all supplies with them. A famine threatened. Playing children found in the mud of the Neisse 3 gigantic eggs. Only with combined forces of the tribe could they conceal them. To which species the eggs belonged remains unknown, because before they could be hatched, they were eaten. In commemoration of this event the Rolling of the Giant Egg was introduced as a new discipline at the Turisedian Festival Games.

 

Tripodical Tug-of-War

The Trypodical Tug of War is a game which is operated into our time. 3 teams at the same time pull 3 ropes, connected in the middle with a ring. There is a ball in the ring. The goal of this game is to carry this ball into a bucket, which is located under its own rope, in a central structure called Erectum. Near Erectum there are three flags connected to the rope, which are slowy rising along with the team’s progress. During the Tripodical Tug of War strength is not most importand, cause You also need dexterity.

Pyramid on Neisse

Since long time ago, the Neisse Pyramid has been a great competition at the end of our final parade on Sunday, which was always intended to emphasize and intensify friendship with the neighbouring Turisedian people. 2 teams build up a human pyramid in the river Neisse. Although during training, everyone practiced strictly with their own people, it was common in the real competition that in the end, the people mingled and it’s impossible to found a winner.

Oneboating

One of the most spectacular games of Turisede is undoubtedly Oneboating. With a clatter you swim with a single boat into the foamy waters of Neisse, and then on time we catch as much fish as possible *. It seems to be easy, but it is difficult and causes a squeak not only of the female part of the audience. Boats from one piece of tree have a tendency to frequently fall over.

* Fish are made of wood and marked with colors. One of the teams must catch red, another blue. What is specific color of caught fish turns out when counting. Fish in bad color “get” minus points.

Popopulum

This Turisedian team game can be seen as a precursor to such widespread games as polo or cricket. An ancient Turisedian drawing of Popolum on an ancient piece of tree bark has survived to this day. There are two teams to play, each with two single-wheeled bicycles. Four players enter each unicycle. Three players move a monocycle named Troikum here, on which the fourth player sits. His task is to put a wooden ball under a special hat, and all this with the help of a wooden curved broom.

In the context of the competitions of the Turisedian Games was held a festival of music, laughter, and dance. For 2 and a half days the Turisedian could be "different". We revived this  tradition and invite you to come to the Folklorum - Turisedian Festival games to be different with us, while enjoying the musicians on 17 stages, the story tellers, jugglers and the bustle on the markets.

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