Local Heart, Global Soul

February 4, 2019

Zierikzee Butchers Hall: And Some Truly Gruesome Traditions…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Entering the first section of the Zierikzee town hall, I discover this is the old Butchers’ hall and amongst the various artefacts on display I find out about a truly gruesome tradition.

Needless to say I would not have been present to watch this tradition.

I abhor all blood sports and can not see the fascination of a fox being chased by a pack of hounds, cockerels being forced to fight with spurs on their legs for maximum damage, or dog fighting.   (I will give a warning, what comes next is not for the feint of heart).

The text reads: “Butchers’ guild silver. (1671-1783)

Every year the butchers guild organised a “Hanentrekken) competition for apprentices and servants. Youngsters from other guilds and farmers sons probably also joined in. Hanentrekken involved riders attempting to pull off the head of a tethered cockerel as they galloped past.

The poor animal would be hung upside down from a rope suspended across the street. The winner was allowed to wear the guild’s silver that day: a ring to which a silver cockerel and dozens of tags were attached. The tags displayed the names of previous winners. The new winner also had his name engraved on a commutative silver tag. In 1860, five years after the closure of the butchers’ hall, the butchers organised a final Hanentrekken competition. The museum purchased a small proportion of the silver in 1910.”

I have to say that this sounds like pure evil, surely a fight would be more fair if apprentice fought apprentice, and willingly maimed themselves for the “honour” of the win? Would arm wrestling not do?

It seems that mankind using animals for sport is a centuries and millennia old tradition. First though are artifacts from the area, the first photo being the original mechanism for the clock in the clock tower.

I was the only visitor watching a short video about the area so took some still photographs from that too. The last photos are of a modern day tapestry, I took close-ups both because I love detail and because my blogging friend lulu from Lulu’s Musings is a fellow fiber fanatic and will love this as much as I do.  https://lulumusing.com/

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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