Johannesburg Stilt Walkers
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Stilts are poles that allow person stand
and walk at certain height above the
ground. To enable walking stilts have
sort of steps for the feet to stand on,
or straps to attach them to the legs.
Stilts have been used in many parts of
Europe as people suffered from floods,
had to walk through marshes etc. In the
19th century there has been competition
in stilt walking organized in parts of
Spain and France. The prizes like a gun
or a sheep could have been won.
Nowadays stilt walking is the main
attraction of several festivals. One of
them is organized in small mountainous
village of Anguiano. It is located in
the province of La Rioja in the north of
Spain. People of Anguiano organize "Danza
de los Zancos" ("Stilt dancing"). The
festival is held on the 22nd and 23rd of
August in honour of "Magdalena" (Mary
Magdalene). She is a very popular saint
in this part of Spain. Eight men
participating in the festival wear
brightly coloured shirts and petticoats
that trail down to their ankles. Each of
them is standing on wooden stilts.
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