Published in DEIA, Jan. 20, 2011
“CAPTURING the free with what’s in chains”. That is how Rodríguez de la Fuente defined, in sublime way, one of his biggest passions, the art of falconry. Such art has been declared at the end of the last year by UNESCO as Immaterial Cultural Heritage of Humanity, a motion of twelve countries: United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Syria, Mongolia, Czech Republic, Spain, Slovakia, Morocco, France, Belgium, Korea and Saudi Arabia.
Although it is not acquainted with certainty, it is believed that falconry begins its art more than 4,000 years ago, in the Asiatic steppes, by the pure human observation of the animal’s behavior. Something similar that happen with the wolf, although, however, the techniques of taming of the mammals and the birds are diametrically the opposite. As well as UNESCO says, “Falconry is one of the most ancient relations between men and birds, adapting traditional activity that uses brats to capture preys in her natural habitant”. Is the result and accurate reflection of the human’s restlessness to avail oneself from his surroundings for its survival, being in the Middle Ages when this art enjoyed a bigger plethora. And much has developed from its beginnings to a material level, techniques of training or technologically that falconry is, nowadays, one of the most fascinating arts that God forbid the man had known.
Tells the legend that little Temujin ( 1162-1227 ), in plain desert along with his brother, attended the capture of a jungle fowl by a goshawk and Temujin came up with the idea of making use of his own hair to fill the bird’s leg with loops. They hid and when the rapacious return he got stuck in one of them. The young brothers already had the perfect weapon to subsist.
We have to leave the evident and give things a second thought. That way success is guaranteed, even if you have to conquer the largest empire of all times. We only have to conquer the fear of one and dare.