At the Glasgow Mela a sword swallower is performimng his act while the onlookers express varied emotions! His accomplice looks impassive with the lady in tradtional rajasthani costume to the left. Originating in south India before 2000 BC, the deadly art of sword swallowing has a long and varied history. During its early history it was used as a demonstration of divine union and power.
The migration of the art to other lands, all the way to Greece and Rome in the 1st centuries AD and most notably China in the 8th century, saw its transformation from divine demonstration to theatrical production. It quickly migrated to Japan, where it became a central part of the Japanese acrobatic theatre, Sangaku. This form of theatre featured an array of performance delights, including fire eating, tightrope walking, juggling and early illusion. In Europe it developed into yet a third distinct type of performance associated with the medieval jongleurs, that of the street performance (wikipedia.
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tyro (26138) 2012-09-25 3:51
This is a very interesting note you have given us about the histoy of sword swallowing and who better than yourself to understand the anatomy of the human oesophagus, having no doubt performed many rigid oesphagoscopies in your time!
Your picture is wonderfully colourful with lots of activity going on. The people in typical Indian dress are very impressive and I love the variety of different emotions shown on the faces of the onlookers! I think if I were a young child I would find the guy in the foreground a bit scary!
Fabulous colours, lots of things to see, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.