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(September 16-25, 2011)

Boštjan Burger

Čolniči Cave

Wil Brugman


Thorn, Netherlands

September 16, 2011, 14.42 (UTC) 16.42 pm (Local Time)

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This nice and quiet place in the center of Thorn is used for musical events in the open air. Moreover, there is a statue of the "Geitebok" (Goatbuck) that was made by Harry van de Boel (1986).

The Geitebok (Goatbuck) is a folkloric and canivalesque symbol of the community of Thorn, which is divided into "goats" and "bucks". The "Goatbuck" is actually a synthesis of a goat and a buck and a model for the solidarity of the people during the carnival days in Thorne. The name goats and bucks is intimately linked to both harmonie'n (Philharmonic Societies) that Thorn has.

The nicknames have a historical origin. They originated in 1863 following a schism occurred in the original music association, the "Philharmonic Society Concordia". The priest being the spiritual advisor of the association forbade musicians to play at dances and secular festivities. A portion of the members withdrew from the Solomon Judgement, they resisted the prohibition of the spiritual shepherd and remained stubbornly at carousals and other music festivals and parties. Formally, they put forth the existing organization and from 1865 became the Royal Harmony of Thorn. The group of musicians who remained faithful to the priest was popularly christened soon "Goats". The "Goats" were given the official name of Michael Church Band. In 1908 the label "church" expired and from then the name was Harmony St. Michael.

(Source: René en Peter van der Krogt-Mens & Dier in Steen & Brons and http://www.flickr.com/photos/by_irma/2322030614/ ).

BTW, Th in Thorn should not be pronounced as the English th, just as t.
Meer over de geschiedenis van de Geitebok http://www.flickr.com/photos/by_irma/2322030614/

Take a tour at http://www.abolais.nl
Camera: Pentax ist DS; lens DA 3,5-4,5/10-17mm ;6 shots horizontal, 3 shots up, 4 shots down; processed with Lightroom, Autopano pro and Corel Photo Paint.

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