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Jongleur

Jongleur

"Kind people, gather round and listen. The jongleur is here! I am the jongleur. I leap and pirouette, and make you laugh. I make fun of those in power, and I show you how puffed up and conceited are the bigshots who go around making wars in which we are the ones who get slaughtered. I reveal them for what they are. I pull out the plug, and... pssss... they deflate. Gather round, for now is the time and place that I begin to clown and teach you. I tumble, I sing and I joke! Look how my tongue whirls, almost like a knife. Remember that." Dario Fo, The Birth of The Jongleur

Carnival turns the world upside down. Mardi Gras is a case in point, though it has been quite commercialized. Once you get people in that festive mood, and they begin to get naked in public, or drunk and disorderly, and when you are wearing a mask, you can say and do all kinds of things in the service of life that are normally forbidden, including telling the truth.

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