Re: [sig] possibly obscure Russian question...
- I am assuming that you already read the Wikipedia?
At 09:07 AM 1/18/2008, you wrote:
>Does anyone know anything about the Skomorokhi?
- U're right. The Bear Academy was located in the present-day Belarus in the town of SMORGON not far from Vilnius. It was one of the sponsored activities of the Radziwill family's.
----- Original Message -----
From: S. Butler
Sent: Sunday, January 27, 2008 9:01 AM
Subject: [sig] Re: possibly obscure Russian question...
I'm separated from my books, but I remember that Poland had a long
history of training performing bears. I think one of the more standard
books even mentioned a bear-training academy.
If bears are portrayed as slow, clumsy, and/or stupid in folklore, it is
either by people who didn't know bears very well, or just a playful
literary license (in the same way we portray bears as cuddly 'Teddy
Bears' or lions in 'The Lion King.') Bears are very intelligent (ask
any park ranger out west), and can move _very_ quickly over short
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