Brittany Games: Throw heavy stones, lift axles … Ancient sports to discover in Nantes

Breton's athletic games are played regularly in the countryside, especially during amnesty. This presence in Nantes will give them a good showcase and will undoubtedly impress the inhabitants of the city.
Breton’s athletic games are played regularly in the countryside, especially during amnesty. This presence in Nantes will give them a good showcase and will undoubtedly impress the inhabitants of the city. (© FNSAB)

What could be a priori more natural than these practices of men of the past, boys and girls of today, measuring themselves in competitions that require as much skill and skill as raw energy. is there?

Measure your strength By throwing a stoneRocks, even for some, are one of the oldest sports in our world, wherever possible. Isn’t this what the Irish giant Finn McCool did when he threw a huge block of basalt from the bank of Ulster’s Antrim? Did it form what the Gaels call the Giant’s Causeway?

In traditional societies where physical activity disrupts agricultural life, cEach moment is a competition or an excuse for competition.. Yann, Hervé, or Miliau measure themselves during the harvest by throwing straw bales, lifting cart axles, and raising banners during amnesty.

Buzz iodine or porridge sticks have been added to these outdoor games. According to observers, our ancestors practiced indoors in the evening. Hercules in the two villages wedge their feet, face each other on a board placed on the ground, lean against the beaten ground, and pull a rod 50 cm long and about 4 cm cross-section with all their might. .. The goal is to throw your opponent on the board in your camp.

Very popular during the amnesty, these games of popular tradition are attracted from the second half of XXe In the century, the attention of Breton Cultural Movement actors was undoubtedly jealous of the popularity of Scottish cousin Highland games.

Towards codification

In 1974, under the driving force of Bagad Bleimor and his pensoners Youenn Sicard, C’hoarioù Langoned, the Langone game was created, and in 1978, five Breton division players in front of thousands of incandescent spectators. Gathered. ..

In 1982, Fnsab (the whole federation of Breton Athletic Sports) was founded. It was codified in Breton’s national level game, which was previously characterized by a great variety of regions. Leaders of young organizations hold six areas.

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  • baz-yod, maen-pouez, or heavy stone throwing (Bretongwerniañarberchenn),
  • Pole lifting (ahel-karr),
  • Axle lift (chechi fun),
  • Tug of war (and redadeg gant ur samm Agant lur),
  • Miller relay
  • Immediately add voutelenn or throw the straw bales to height.

In 1978, he gathered players from seven countries to participate in the Lorient International Celtic Festival and launched the Celtic Championship.

In the years that followed, Tregorowa champions, especially Ifig Gravette and Jean-Claude Prigent, known as Kashmir, won stakes and awards, earning them true star status. “To undermine the glory of the parish, which then tended to slip off,” said Serj Falézan, founder of the C’hoarioù Treger Association, who brought it to the baptismal font in 2008.

Even today, games of power still exist in the traditional landscape of Brittany, especially during the amnesty of St. Emilion of Loguivy-Plougra and the World Championships of Breton Games in Pouldouran. Upcoming events at Nantes will, of course, give them a big place and unexpected showcases.

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