I was always afraid of clowns and I got over it miraculously, this fear is not unique, but I was interested in exploring it.

Throughout history, in earlier periods of time, in previous centuries while most men were analphabets, clowns enjoyed a true freedom of expression, they were the ones expressing their emotions, enticing individuals into a world of consciousness, creating meaningful interpretation of society norms using humor. Nothing was held sacred in their eyes.

Through These historical findings, philosophical and psychological findings by Freud, Jung, Plato and scientific research findings and books, have brought me to the understanding that the clown in a sharp and charming manner, opens the door to that certain secret area, which I call Terra Incognita. It obscures the realist reality and takes us up into the abstract reality, confuses us with "the existing" and out of this chaos creates harmony, causing individuals to disconnect from external influences, silences the senses and thus reduces external stimuli and allows us to access his psyche.

The clown as modern art that is a tool for self, an expressive expression and the artist's inner vision.

This clown who shows the world in a way that was not perceived in my eye and was not perceived by my experiences of the world of phenomena, no longer frightens me anymore, I feel complete with the clown and understand that through him one can understand the most inner interest of an individual, to understand things intellectually and freely through the soul.

In the Beginning Clowns have appeared in most cultures throughout history. The earliest documented clowns go back to ancient Egypt, some time around 2500 to 2400 BCE. Clowns were also around in ancient Greek and Roman societies. These clowns would eventually evolve into the court jesters of medieval Europe, who "would openly mock sex, food, drink, and the monarchy, all while behaving maniacally for a laugh."

 

Andrew McConnell Stott, Dean of Undergraduate Education and English professor at the University of Buffalo, SUNY, has researched the idea of dark clowns and is considered something of an expert on the subject. Of the court jesters, he said, "The medieval fool was continually reminding us of our mortality, our animal nature, of how unreasonable and petty we can be." He also speaks on the jesters of Shakespeare, saying of them that they "were often linked to death and dark truths. King Lear's fool wanders around reminding everyone that they're not as clever as they think they are while talking in contorted double speak to undermine our sense of what we think is going on".

The  tramp clown- Charlie Chaplin

The most well-known Tramp is clearly Charlie Chaplin's "Little Tramp,"Red Skelton's "Freddy the Freeloader", or Emmett Kelly's "Weary Willie." The Tramp character assumes a "down-on-his-luck" approach to life. His costumeappears tattered and torn, and things usually do not go well for him.

THE CLOWN: AN ARCHETYPAL SELF-JOURNERY -MICHAEL BALA

Jester

A jester, court jester, or fool, was historically an entertainer during the medieval and Renaissance eras who was a member of the household of a nobleman or a monarch employed to entertain him and his guests

 In a time when printed material was not freely available (and most people were unable to read anyway) the Jester represented the principle of free speech in an age where such freedom hardly existed for anyone else. Their closeness to the throne gave them considerable power which made them enemies as well as friends in court

THE CLOWN: AN ARCHETYPAL SELF-JOURNERY -MICHAEL BALA

arlecchino

The Harlequin is characterized by his chequered costume. His role is that of a light-hearted, nimble, and astute servant, often acting to thwart the plans of his master, and pursuing his own love interest, Columbina, with wit and resourcefulness, He a prototype of the romantic hero. Harlequin inherits his physical agility and his trickster qualities, as well as his name, from a mischievous "devil" character in medieval passion plays.

Throughout history, in earlier periods of time, in previous centuries while most men were analphabets, clowns enjoyed a true freedom of expression, they were the ones expressing their emotions, enticing individuals into a world of consciousness, creating a meaningful interpretation of society norms using humor. Nothing was held sacred in their eyes. 

Through These historical findings, philosophical and psychological findings by Freud, Jung, Plato, and scientific research findings and books, have brought me to the understanding that The kaleidoscopic clown, in its sharp and charming manners “opens” the door to my own Terra Incognita

THE CLOWN: AN ARCHETYPAL SELF-JOURNERY -MICHAEL BALA

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