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date: 15 November 2019

Botagas (Lithuanian: ‘whip’)locked

  • Arvydas Karaška

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(Lithuanian: ‘whip’)

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 ...

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