Cheerleaders of Knossos.
12 Feb 2015
The Cheerleaders of Knossos echoed down the labyrinths of history , and their thunder persists undiminished into the trammels of the future .
1.Cheerleading is firmly based on the mirror-neuron networks of humans . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirror_neuron
2.The idealised , fit , healthy , limber ,athletic , sexy humans do their stuff in front of the old , arthritic ,sick , decrepit ,etc.
This automatically makes everyone feel better , as autonomic systems try to follow what they see .
This is what mirror-neurons do . That old positive thinking bit .
3.The young do it because they can as a celebration , the old because they wish they could .
4.This positive feedback ensured the existence of this class of cheerers .
Like bubbles under the carpet , they keep on popping up .
Tumblers , Jugglers , Athletes , Clowns , Musicians etc graced the feasts and celebrations of every civilization known .
Even the dour Middle-ages .
5.The religious element .
Always present is a sense of thanksgiving and gratitude for at least some grace and beauty . As well as optimism and cheer .
6.Form follows function .
Even separated by 4 000 years , you can see the similarity between a Knossos Cheerleader and an American Cheerleader .
I very carefully express no opinion about the relative intelligence of the bull and the football players .
Now , if they can get the bull to summersault over the singing horse …
Taurokathapsically yours ,
Bull-leaping (also taurokathapsia, from Greek ταυροκαθάψια) is a motif of Middle Bronze Age figurative art, notably of Minoan Crete, but also found in Hittite Anatolia, the Levant, Bactria and the Indus Valley.
The routines usually range anywhere from one to three minutes, which may contain many components of tumbling, dance, jumps, cheers and stunting