Botagas (Lithuanian: ‘whip’)
- Arvydas Karaška
Triple whip of Lithuania. Three strands of hemp or linen thread are fastened to a linen loop attached to a juniper handle. Twisted horsehair or tangled wire (papliauška) is fastened to the whip. A variant of the botagas, called butkudis, is made of osier twigs. The botagas was in use until the middle of the 20th century; when farm animals were being grazed, children and shepherds cracked the whip and competed to produce the strongest sound. At weddings, guests disguised themselves as Roma and cracked the ...