Who were buffoons
buffoons in Russia called itinerant artists.As a rule, they had a lot of talent, and therefore could sing songs, tell funny stories, perform various skits, acrobatic show, playing musical instruments, train animals and show the presentation to their participation.Most often they use their skills to entertain the audience in the fairs, the festivals, festivities and celebrations.
Each buffoon was primarily a carrier of folk traditions.Representatives of the profession know a lot of folk songs, epics, folk songs, tales, proverbs, though they constantly learn new and used them during the performances in different towns and villages, "transferring" and thereby strengthening the folk tra
ditions.Very often, during his performances buffoons they appealed to the public, and even asked people to take part in the scene or focus, or teased passersby.
What were buffoons
buffoons main occupation was not only the organization of entertainment to the public, but also ridicule officials, the clergy and the upper classes.They came up with topical jokes, played scenes with puppets, in which it was easy to find their prototypes, and also used the genre of social satire.For satirical representations - Glumov - they chose the special clothes and masks, and musical instruments by which strengthened comic performances.
course, parody and satire, clowns frequently used, it is not pleasing either the clergy or the authorities.For artists attacked, raided, their representations were forbidden, and they themselves were subjected to severe persecution.Eventually even Archbishop Nikon managed to achieve a total ban on performances of buffoons.
Skomorokhy engaged not only street performances.As they were connoisseurs of folk traditions, they are often invited to the wedding, where representatives of the profession entertained tricks and funny scenes without the satire and gave recommendations for the pagan wedding ceremonies themselves participated in them.Moreover, clowns know and funeral rites and traditions, so their care is often resorted to when the time came to say goodbye to the deceased person and accompany him on his last journey.