Postava soudce v postřekovském masopustu
A FIGURE OF A JUDGE AT SHROVETIDE IN THE VILLAGE OF POSTREKOV
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As in many other villages in the ethnographical area of Chodsko, Shrovetide in Postrekov has a long-year tradition. The restoration of its present form, however, goes back to the 1960s. The figure of a judge, which is probably connected with the figure of a bishop portrayed in the picture by Jaroslav Spillar from the 1890s, can be recognized as one of the adopted elements. The conviction of the figure of so-called Masopust (Shrovetide) is one of the top points of Shrovetide Tuesday. It is proceded by the judge's speech that is to assess the important events of the calendar year in a satiric way. In the course of twenty-seven years, Stanislav Vogeltanz, the local native, was holding this role in Postrekov. The authoress' text is based on the typed set of his texts from 1976 - 2002 that served as the basis for Vogeltanz's performances in front of the entire village community. She analyses its content and structure, drawing the attention to constant and variable elements. A part of the text is devoted to Ladislav Foist, Vogeltanz's follower. By him, the authoress takes into account the changes included into the speeches by the teacher from Pobezovice, and she tries to determine to what extent his performance is influenced by the relationship to his ancestor and by the collective's censorship.
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