Poland still retains two important customs and traditions which need to be known by the rest of the West.
Thanks to our tireless translator, Ava Lon, we can show you them with explanations. The Bugler of St. Mary’s.
In the same town, Cracow, there is another tradition to make the same point. Or perhaps more accurately the point of what happens when you fail to hear the bugle’s call to arms.
In this tradition during the procession of Corpus Christi, a man dressed as a Muslim invader, complete with a pointy hat with the Ottoman, or is it Tartar, crescent on top, rides atop a ‘horse’ tapping people with a rod, symbolic of forcing them to pay the “jizya” or tribute the non-Muslims were forced to pay to their islamic overlords after being conquered.
As the Koran puts it:
Al Tawba verse 29:
Fight against those who (1) believe not in Allah, (2) nor in the Last Day, (3) nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger (4) and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e. Islam) among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.
Tapping people with the staff symbolizes beating the locals into a state of submission, although today people believe it brings them luck. The horseman is known locally as Lajkonika, where Konic means little horse.
Some people actually give money symbolizing paying the jizya, but really to help keep this tradition alive.
This used to be an annual event without interruption for 700 years. But it is more common now for tourists, and hopefully of increased importance to the locals. Here is a Wiki on the festival you can see in the video above.
Many thanks again to Ava Lon for making me aware of this beautiful remembrance and explaining it so well for us all.