The characters of the Busho Carnival

The characters of the Busho Carnival2020-09-15T12:44:06+00:00

The busho is a figure wearing a mask carved from willow wood. His clothing is typically the
following: leather sandals or boots, white linen trousers, a short sheepskin coat with the fur
facing out. The fur is held together by a belt or chain around the waist. At least one cowbell
and a shoulder-haversack usually hang on the side of the busho. Characteristic prerequisites
are the rattle, the wooden mace and a long wooden horn. The bushos often have a colourfully
decorated washing stick (praćak), a special wooden rod for carrying water (obramenica), a
male fertility puppet (Famatyi) and a busho doll in a trough with them.
During the carnival season, the actions of the bushos are judged in the typical ritual context.
They are not subject to the usual moral rules of everyday life. Space, time and action are
characterized by a special “suspended” state. The role is very attractive because the incognito
and the “other world” behind the mask allow the busho to experience a special state of
consciousness, a transformation.
The “beautiful bushos” (lepa busa) are figures who wear the traditional costume of the Šokci
and cover their faces with a veil.
The yankeles are boys in ragged clothes who cover their faces with rags and stockings and
carry a sack filled with sawdust over their shoulders, with which they beat the onlookers,
especially the girls.