Scarecrows

When man changed from an itinerant nomad to a farmer who continued to live in one place and from then on grew his own food, he soon got into an argument with the smart birds that discovered a kind of lazy land.
They picked the seed, they eat the fruits to taste whether they already tasted and dived down with swarms on the ripe harvest.
What could the farmer do about it except shout and make a lot of noise.
He had to find something that guarded his crop when he lifted his heels.
So he came up with a substitute to scare the birds.

There are several stories about the origin of the scarecrow in circulation.
One of the first scarecrows to ward off the disaster was the Greek fertility god Priapos. The Romans also often placed red-painted images of this deity on the fields to scare away the birds and protect the crop from demons.

There is also the story that the scarecrow originally represented a virgin who protected the crops and also ensured a larger harvest. The pupa had to be made from the crop that was supposed to protect it. For example, they got a corn, corn or rice doll.
During the rituals of sowing, the pupa was carried around the fields so that they would become fertile. After that, the doll was put on the land to ensure good growth. Sometimes the dolls were sacrificed after the harvest festivals.

However, this exhibition is dedicated to the traditional scarecrow which consists of wooden cross with clothes, often filled with straw and an old hat on its head. This is based on the story that the farmer made a substitute, a doll that looked like him and was put in the fields as a deterrent.
Man knew that the birds would fly away immediately when it came near them. As soon as the farmer left the field, the birds dived back on the crop.

The enemy of the birds is the moving man.
On this principle rests the action of the scarecrow. Man makes a figure in his own image and shows the birds a terrible form that he can imagine of himself. For centuries and all over the world, these heroes have had to watch over our fields on sticks. Birds soon realize that they do not have to be so afraid of such a stick-stiff creation. That is why people often hang moving parts on it such as cans and metal strips that move in the wind and make noise. And then just hope that the birds prefer to go somewhere else.

As far as fashion is concerned, the scarecrow is always behind, because he has to make do with the discards.
When agriculture became industrialized, the scarecrows gradually disappeared. They now have new techniques such as banging devices, rattles, plastic owls and moving plastic figures.
Instead of stretching wires, flapping plastic bags, it is much more fun to make and put down a real scarecrow.
A kind of folk art arose. There are even festivals dedicated to the scarecrow. One sometimes sees the most strange, bizarre, creepy, humorous and beautiful traditional creations. Stories about scarecrows have also been written. Known is “The Wizard of Oz”. This book has been filmed several times. In one of them, Michael Jackson plays the role of scarecrow. Also in cartoons the scarecrow often occurs.

The scarecrows, the paintings and the comic strip were made by our own employees, some students of the free academy and students of the primary school “De Peelhorst” from Horst. The objects in the showcases are the work of the primary school “De Brink” from Melderslo
Also note the modern metal scarecrows at the entrance to the museum and on the back of the lawn.
On that lawn, children can make their own scarecrow with old clothes they brought with them. There, a large colorful field of scarecrows gradually emerges.