Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Treichler/ Words #2

The word tintinnabulation was suggested by justdoodleit, who has some lovely contemplations in ink and watercolor on his blog.

My first job out of college was working as a teacher in a Swiss boarding school. At the beginning of January, all the farming males, from small boys to grown men, would walk around with bells of various sizes, ringing them to drive away the evil spirits. Fueled by alcohol in the case of the adults, this activity went on late into the night. What the cows think of this is unknown.

12 comments:

j. said...

love the word and the drawing.

: D

subtorp77 said...

I'll have to look that one up. I don't mind the occasional cow bell but that...oy! Yodeling would be a lot more pleasing...what?

Caio Fernandes said...

this is a lovevly drawing . and my very sofisticated knolegein english language would think this word doesn't exist (just in fairy tales).
it isn't hard to imaginate what the cows thought about . as a matter of fact i imagined so much diferent things....

ArtSparker said...

Sub & Caio - You know, I googled a lot and I couldn't find anything. But this is how I remember it. "Treichler/Treichlen" would be a Swiss German word.

mum said...

As Swiss cows have been accustomed to tintinnabulating from an early age, the only question mark in their heads is why the treichlers don't keep their bells on during the entire grazing season.

There's a Franz Treichler who tintinnabulates in his own way on youtube. Nine minutes and fifty-nine seconds' worth of tintinnabulation, as a matter of fact. It's all very "Genève expérimental":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QySm4UKqpcU

kathrin said...

allways I like it, to look at your blog...herzlich Kathrin

subtorp77 said...

Susan, you may find this of some use, here. And I did live( and was born )in South-western Germany for a time but am not familiar with the Swiss customs.

Jasmine said...

I love the new styles you have been working on. The sheep above s really cute. Your Alie and the cheshire cat was amazing. Reminded me of engraving templates. There are engravers in my family...

I like the idea of the Swiss custom. Whimsical... But I guess it would be as annoying as the overuse of fireworks pre Guy Fawkes night :)

Titus said...

Love the simplicity and shading. And that word!

subtorp77 said...

Susan, you are most welcome but whoever did the wiki entry did not cover all of Switzerland. Some of the towns do start in January in order to welcome in the new yearw hile warding off the evil spirits( or so I've been told )....cheers!

aleph said...

the montains in the back must provide an excellent echo for such a bell! It´s a great illustration for such a curious word and beatiful tale.

justdoodleit said...

Like the story behind this and how you've visually interpreted it. Come to think of it, a pastoral setting against the backdrop of Alps sounds just fine for such a word.

The constant echoes of all that bell ringing also suggests that "The hills are alive with the sound of music"!