Ritual games and shows of the antique societies can be considered as primitive funfair activities.
The term "Fair" raises images of party and entertainment in everybody's minds: carousels, crowd, lights, clamour… modern images of a recent time when the "Fair" is most of all represented by "Luna Park". On the other hand, if we think about the "Fair" of the past, our mind fills with completely different images: more classical carousels like the Ferris Wheel, goods and food stands, original figures of peddlers, strength challenges, shooting targets, horoscope readers...
In reality, the origins of the "Fair" are older. Since decades now, the archaeologists bring to light particular egyptian and greek evidences that testify the existence of professions, parties and popular demonstrations, during that remote time, that could be considered as primitive funfair activities. The origins of the fair then recall the classical antiquity, centuries or even milleniums before Christ. They situate themselves in particular in the Middle Eastern area (Mesopotamia, Egypt) and seem to be tied to particular aspects of life of that time. Among the games of the Funfair, then flown into the "Luna Park", the most antique and most entangling one is the "labyrinth" for sure.
The Room of the Labyrinth.
In the first room of the museum, that has got the symbolic shape of a labyrinth, the visitor can have a look at the winding face of the demon Humbaba - antique prediction of misfortune -, images of games and ritual shows of the Ancient Egypt, Crete and classical Greece. The tour continues then with a journey through republican and imperial Rome, Circo Massimo, Colosseum, gladiators, wild beasts, chariot races and funny theatrical farces. The room also includes the Middle Age and its typical shows and entertainments for Lords and common people : jesters, minstrels, chivalrous tournaments, little popular battles.