Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Japanese fart scroll




art is everywhere                                                   

As the comedian Louis CK once expounded, you don’t have to be smart to laugh at farts. But you would have to be stupid not to. And he gives some fairly convincing reasons why the fart is the perfect joke: it comes out of your ass, it smells like poop because it’s been hanging out next to it all day long, and it announces itself with a toot noise when it comes out.
Of course, Louis CK wasn’t the first to realize the inherent comedic effect of farts. And since today is National Pass Gas Day, I thought it would be appropriate to recall one of the most epic acts of flatulent artistry. Over 150 years ago a group of anonymous Japanese artists created a 34-ft long scroll titled He-Gassen (屁合戦), literally: “Fart Battle.”
The scroll, which was created during the Edo Period (probably around 1846) in Japan, consists of roughly 15 different scenes depicting people directing their farts at other people or objects. There are people farting at each other. There are people farting through objects. There are people combating farts with fans. There are bags of farts being released. Trees and cats get blown away by farts. And the scroll culminates with a divine gust of flatulence knocking over a ceremony and causing complete and utter chaos.

Horry Clap!  I thought I was being original.  Guess Not.


6 comments:

Stu Tarlowe said...

I guess the Japanese scroll predates Le Pétomane (1904), but you have to give credit to the Frenchman for his "art" and for giving us the term "flautist".
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tixKopGjn5s

Tom said...

Important to note that he who farts in church sits in his own pew.

pdwalker said...

Tom, you joke really stinks.

pdwalker said...

You = your

*sigh*

Stu Tarlowe said...

'I guess the Japanese scroll predates Le Pétomane (1904), but you have to give credit to the Frenchman for his "art" and for giving us the term "flautist".'

I obviously didn't catch that auto spell-chek (or some similar program) "corrected" the word that should have appeared as flatulist.

Charry said...

"I fart in your general direction!" French soldier in Monty Python and The Holy Grail

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