It is believed that the Turks and Horses dance is one of the oldest in the Patum.
The Turks and Horses
Although their origins may lie in ancient pagan animal husbandry rituals, in their current form they represent the age-old conflict between the Cross and the Crescent. Four Christian knights on horseback and four Turks on foot simulate a battle which is always won by the former.The first known reference to this performance dates from 1621, although the present figures were made in 1890. Until 1889, the knights had a simple, rudimentary, even childish form: the horse’s rump was simulated by a hoop over which was laid a cloth that hid the rider’s legs, with a tiny wooden head in front and a doll seated on the rump. The new horses, ordered from La Perfección in Barcelona, cost 200 pesetas (1.2 euros). Strangely enough, the costumes of the Turks and horses, bought from the same company, cost more than the horses themselves, 250 pesetas (1.5 euros). That year, 1890, was also the year when they ceased to move to the rhythm of the Tabal, dancing from then on to the strains of the music composed by Joaquim Serra i Farriols, “Quimserra”.


Han col·laborat desinteresadament entre altres:
Salvador Vinyes - Anna Parcerisa - Berta Francàs - Albert Rumbo - Ma Dolors Santandreu - Jordi
Cohen - Foto Luigi - Toni Sales - Sílvia Massana - Mireia Ferran - Jordi Plana - Antònia Prat
Pascal Hanrion - KAP
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Traductors: Steve Pepper, Jaume Fígols