Juggling History

Ancient Greek ceramic
An ancient performance art, juggling dates back four thousand years. Juggling has been reported in many early cultures including Egyptian, Nabataean, Chinese, Indian, Greek, Roman, Norse, Aztec (Mexico) and Polynesian civilizations. 
The earliest record of juggling is indicated in a panel from the 15th Beni Hasan tomb of an unknown Egyptian prince, exhibiting female dancers and acrobats throwing balls.
Early Egyptian Juggling art
Xiong Yiliao
Juggling in ancient China was an art put on by some warriors. One such warrior was Xiong Yiliao, whose juggling of nine balls in front of troops on a battlefield so the story goes caused the opposing troops to take flight without fighting, resulting in a complete victory.
Since the 1980s, a juggling culture has developed. The scene revolves around local clubs and organizations, special events, shows, magazines, web sites, internet forums and, possibly most importantly, juggling conventions.
OMG Josh juggling fire
Circus Kaput Danny juggling clubs
In recent years, there has been a growing fixate on juggling competitions. Juggling today has evolved and branched out to the point where it is synonymous with all prop manipulation. 

World Juggling Day was created as an annual day of acknowledgement for the hobby, with the purpose to teach people how to juggle, to promote juggling and to get jugglers together and celebrate.

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