Punch & Prophecy
(GODS WITH POINTED CAPS – Part 2)
A documentary film by Petrus van der Let and Elis Veit
The documentary film follows Punch’s ancestors back to the common origin of theatre and religion.
Just like today’s Punch, Kasperl, Pulcinella, and Polichinelle,
more than 3000 years ago the child god Indra in the Old-Indian Rig Veda must
defeat a smiling monster. Indra is repeatedly referred to as little bird, and
bird-men play a major role in the antique comedy in Greece and Rome. In the
improvisation theatre of the Italian Renaissance traveling theatres make the
comical bird Pulcinella famous all over Europe. In England, this character
becomes Punch, in France Polichinelle. Also Mozart’s Papageno follows this
A film based on the motifs of the book ZIPFELMÜTZENGÖTTER – Religion als Echo der Kindheit (GODS WITH POINTED CAPS – Religion as childhood’s echo) by Petrus van der Let, Aschaffenburg 2004
Together with the film GODS WITH POINTED CAPS – Why Indra came to the Wedding on a Tricycle (45 min. version of WHERE THE GODS COME FROM) Punch & Prophecy forms a mini-series in 2 parts.