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date: 14 November 2019


  • Ivan Mačák


Ratchet of Slovakia. It has one or more cogs on the handle and a wooden blade. Variants include the rapkáč dvojitý (double cog rattle), fúrikový rapkáč (wheelbarrow rattle), povecernák (rattling scarecrow), and rapkáč kostolný (church rattle). As in other Roman Catholic countries, it is said that church bells fly to Rome during Holy Week and instead of them, large ratchets and clappers are sounded in the belfries. Various clappers (...

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