Jocul caprei ( goat’s dance)

The goat dance is a custom spread all over the country; in the ethnographic area Botosani the goat’s head is made of birch wood, carved in a shape as close to its natural representation, the bottom of the muzzle being worked in a special timber with a nail caught so that by pulling a string the mouth opens in a noisy sound. At the top of the head there are fixed horns, usually real goat horns, or sometimes simple wooden imitations, then the head has ears, beaded eyes, brass tacks. The head thus constructed is fixed to a holder consisting of a rod whose length varies depending on the performer. The goat’s body consists of a rug fixed to the rear of the head of the goat, leaving a gap through which the performer can follow the dance and join it when his turn comes. The actual adornment of the goat knows no restrictions, it is only based on the imagination and personality of each performer. The rug will be adorned with fragments of mirrors, the horns with colored cloth tassel, bells. The goats covered in reed that were once seen on the village streets (Corni, Sarafineşti, Ibăneşti, etc..) disappeared and were replaced by those covered in old rugs.