Indians Dancing_by John White[indian dancing_J. white]

“Everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the power of the world always works in circles, and everything tries to be round. In the old days when we were a strong and happy people, all our power came to us from the sacred hoop of the nation, and so long as the hoop was unbroken the people flourished.”

Orto Boario_Stalker [orto boario_stalker_photo courtesy of: stalker]

“The act of playing not only creates space, but also requires a space and a time entirely of its own. The magic circle is the basic spatial gesture that defines the space of play” (Huizinga)

It creates a distinction between who is inside and who is outside the circle, and requires “some sort of initiation into the rules of the game” (De Cauter, Dehaene)

Murga Los Adoquines_photo courtesy of: Los Adoquines [matanza_murga los adoquines_photo courtesy of: los adoquines]

The space of play, the space inside the magic circle, can be described as a “liminal space: a space that, in its formal separation from the rest of the world, presents a realm of instability and possibility”. (Turner)


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