Gaë Bolg – Totentanz [Translation]

一 Father, what does Death look like?一 That, my child, no one has ever seen.一 Tell me, does It sometimes sleep?一 That, my child, no one has ever known.一 How about you, does Death scare you?一 Certainly a bit, but as you see, I’m still alive.一 Tell me, are there some people who worship It?一 … Continue reading Gaë Bolg – Totentanz [Translation]

Beauty and the Beast – 8th Day of Urban Dionysia

The Διονύσια τὰ ἀστικά ‘Urban Dionysia’, are the last Dionysian celebrations of the Hellenic lunar calendar. They close the yearly events in boreal spring - austral fall - with other rituals, dances and performances. Each day of the Dionysia, I introduce, with only one sentence, a piece of performance art from anyone in the world, … Continue reading Beauty and the Beast – 8th Day of Urban Dionysia

Kor, House of Wind – 4th Day of Urban Dionysia

The Διονύσια τὰ ἀστικά ‘Urban Dionysia’, are the last Dionysian celebrations of the Hellenic lunar calendar. They close the yearly events in boreal spring - austral fall - with other rituals, dances and performances. Each day of the Dionysia, I introduce, with only one sentence, a piece of performance art from anyone in the world, … Continue reading Kor, House of Wind – 4th Day of Urban Dionysia

No Exit – 1st Day of Lenaia 2021

When Inez, Estelle and Garcin arrive in hell, they are perplexed by the fact that it doesn’t look like what people say. No fire, no devils, no torture. They have just been locked up together, in an ordinary living-room, where apparently, they will have to stay forever. No monsters are here to boil them or … Continue reading No Exit – 1st Day of Lenaia 2021

Where does January come from?

NOTE: The following post is not an opinion but a didactic post for students, previously published on Lamptēr Glossōn and republished here. Numa PompiliusCour CarréeLe Louvre, Paris It is the first month of the year in the Gregorian calendar but it has not always been this way. The month of January was added to the Roman calendar … Continue reading Where does January come from?

Janus

Quand ce cerveau se déchirera encore et que les tremblements et les spasmes ressurgiront, quand ils envahiront mon corps et mon cou, quand ils viendront me rappeler que je suis de la boue et que ma chair putréfiée ira à nouveau nourrir la vigne pour que le cycle recommence, quand les vers recommenceront à entrer … Continue reading Janus

20 December 1848: the abolition announcement

In the local French Creole language, it is called 「Fèt kaf」, the ‘black people festival’. The reason behind this obviously rough title, is that on the 20th of December of 1848, an announcement that came from mainland France to French colony Réunion Island – anciently known as île Bourbon – was eventually enforced by the … Continue reading 20 December 1848: the abolition announcement

Christmas · Saturnalia · Noël · Navidad

NOTE: The following post is not an opinion but a didactic post for students, previously published on Lamptēr Glossōn and republished here. Malls and public places are covered with garlands and decorated trees. Maybe at home, in your own place, your living-room has been prepared now for the celebrations of December. And apart from the … Continue reading Christmas · Saturnalia · Noël · Navidad

Victoire de Kâlabhairav

Cette poussière grise qui rendles pantalons noirs blancsles pantalons blancs noirset sur ce banc de poudreprès des marcassins bleuset sous les palmiers rougesAvalokitesvarcrie son silence d’espoiravec ses mille bras d’or Cet enfant vieux qui pensesa mère sur un nuageson père sur un éclairet sur ce béton grisprès des cœurs au lointainet sous la terre de … Continue reading Victoire de Kâlabhairav

All Saints Day, Chung Yeung, Ghosts and Gods

Because the celebration of 重陽節 Chung Yeung [1] usually happens in fall, around September or October, and because it bears so much connections with the questions human beings ask themselves about death, I can never avoid each year, to compare it with European fall festivals that celebrate the dead. In Southern and Western European countries, … Continue reading All Saints Day, Chung Yeung, Ghosts and Gods