13/38.- Balaruc, Beggars


The beggars are actually a separate company of actors, who have gone to great trouble in their costumes and make-up to remind people that the Middle Ages were not only a time of knights in shiny armour and pretty ladies in castles, but also a time of great poverty and suffering for small people. They are present throughout the festival as unappetizing, but welcome reminders of the harsher realities of class struggle and social exclusion.

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