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Kaldi and his Dancing Goats....... by JennyMac

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91cm x 76cm
Stretched Canvas

While I was contemplating what I would do for Steve McLaren’s… Bodymechanic upcoming exhibition – Curiously Consumed… I came across the legend of Kaldi and his Dancing Goats. The legend varies with the telling… but it made me smile. I also found that at this time… whenever I think of the word curiously it made me feel childlike and carefree…. this led me to think the two were a match and why I approached the work as I have.

For those interested the story goes something like this….. remember there are a lot of different versions… this is just an abbreviation of what seems to be the most popular.

Long ago (maybe 1000 years) there lived a humble goatherder named Kaldi (he may have been Ethiopian or he may have been Arab… Ethiopian seems the most popular).

One day Kaldi was tending his goats and decided to take a nap. On waking he noticed a few of his goats behaving in a strange way… dancing and frolicking about the fields.

The next day, the same thing happened… he also noticed that these goats were wandering away from the main herd… so he followed them and found they were eating a strange bush with berries on it.

Curiously, he consumed some of the berries and soon felt so invigorated that he began to dance about the fields too!

A little while later a monk happened along and asked Kaldi what was the source of his great joy. Kaldi let the monk in on his find and the monk took some of the berries away him.

Back at the monastery, the monk experimented with the berries and concocted a brew which he gave to his fellow monks. This brew helped the Monks to stay awake at night during their prayers. They also passed on the secret concoction to visiting monks and soon coffee had spread over the world…..

The end… : ))

There’s probably not a lot of truth in the tale… but it’s a nice story……….. Oh… and the text on the painting says…… Legend has it that… Coffee was discovered by Kaldi the Goat-Herder… Who Curiously Consumed some berries and began to dance with his Goats…… : )

So there you go…. my entry in the Curiously Consumed Exhibition at the Tap Gallery Sydney…. : ))

Original is for sale….. POA just bm me!

Featured in Sydney’s Guide To Exhibitions


  • Marg Thomson Photography
    Marg Thomson P...almost 5 years ago

    LOVE the story! LOVE LOVE the artwork! This is just brill, Jen! xoxox

  • Awww… thanks Marg! I was going to go into a bit more but I’ve got to hurry to my next client now…. might add it later…. I was a bit nervous about this one at first because I had thought I wanted to something more serious (?) for the exhibition…. but this is what came…. lol! : ))xox

    – JennyMac

  • Husky
    Huskyalmost 5 years ago

    Lovely work Jenn, ur very clever arent you? Well done!!!

  • Aww thanks Dale…….. it was fun to do…. but as I just said to Marg (above) I was a bit nervous and wondered what I was doing because I had thought I would do something a bit more serious(?) for the exhibition….. but art is fun isn’t it…. so be it…. lol!! : ))

    – JennyMac

  • vwarfield
    vwarfieldalmost 5 years ago

    I am going to buy a card to put on our coffee cart :)

  • LOL!!! : ))

    – JennyMac

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanalmost 5 years ago

    Good luck with this entry Jenny … very clever work and love the story♥

  • Thank you Bev and thank you for adding me to your watchlist! Julie tells me you won’t be able to make it to the exhibition… that’s a shame… would have been nice to meet you…. : ))

    – JennyMac

  • TextureoftheSin
    TextureoftheSinalmost 5 years ago

    Awesome work Jen!! Love love LOVE the dancing goats!!!

  • Thanks heaps Tots….. means a lot…. I’m so glad you like my goats…….. lol! Thanks for the fav too…. hope to see you soon…. : ))

    – JennyMac

  • BarsselArt
    BarsselArtalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful Jen………….feeel like having a little dance myself after seeing ths ;-)

  • I now have an image of you dancing around your lounge-room….lol!! Thanks heaps Ade….. : ))

    – JennyMac

  • ShadowDancer
    ShadowDanceralmost 5 years ago

    jenny, this is fantastic.. i love the painting, you did a wonderful job, and i love the look of kaldi, his dance with arms spead wide… the goats are so cute… thank you for sharing the story that inspired it. :)

  • Hi PJ… I was just thinking about you today and thinking I should send you a bm and see how you are… will do that soon… : )) Thanks for your lovely comment…. Isn’t the story just too good…?! Google and you’ll find some really lovely versions….. I hoped my Kaldi would be really joyful…… Lol…… : ))

    – JennyMac

  • Christine Clarke
    Christine Clarkealmost 5 years ago

    Jenny, this is a great piece, the text is very interesting, too, Good luck with the exhibition.

  • Wow… thanks Chrisitine… I’m really pleased you think so…. it’s a great story I reckon…. probably not a lot of truth in it… but apparently it’s one of those legends which gets handed down in Ethiopian culture….. : ))

    – JennyMac

  • AudGirv
    AudGirvalmost 5 years ago

    Wow marvelous love the art and the story. If I can be guaranteed to dance like the goat I will Endeavour to look out for the red berries. Well done it is wonderful. Aud.

  • Isn’t it a wonderful story…?! I would like to see you dance like the goat….lol!! Thanks heaps Aud, and for the fav too….. : ))

    – JennyMac

  • Julie-Ann Vellios
    Julie-Ann Velliosalmost 5 years ago

    just wonderful in soooo many ways and it makes me smile too

  • Hehehe… thanks for all your support Julie…. it still makes me smile……. See you Wednesday…. : )) PS thanks for the fav… really appreciated….. : )) xx

    – JennyMac

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