A history of hooping - Part 1

From Ancient Greece to the Native American Hoop Dance


Hello, circle lovers and welcome (back) to Planet Hoop!


A couple of crazy months ago I started a blog series called Hoop Dance and Circles. In my first blog I was telling you how much I love research and writing and how I am determined to combine these two loves of mine with my passion for hoops and movement. I am excited to see what is coming out of this marriage and I will be sharing these stories on my Facebook page and in my regular newsletter.


Once upon a time


Where exactly the hoop comes from, nobody knows. This continues to intrigue me, for the way we use the hoop has changed significantly since the ancient times and continues to unfold as we move on. What may come as a surprise is that some of the earliest uses of hoop symbolism was related to what is known as homoerotic and pederastic practices in Ancient Greece. At the same time, ancient greeks were using the hoop as a recreational activity that involved rolling the hoop on the floor for improved fitness but also as a hunting method I am going to learn more about as soon as I start using the library (the one with real books) again.


One very interesting fact is that, although not included in the Olympic Games, the hoops or rings have been "the visual ambassador of Olympism" since 1913.

Africa, Asia and Europe


Do you remember hoop rolling, though? Because I do! Wikipedia is also telling us that hoop rolling, also known as hoop trundling has been documented all over the world since the ancient times and it is probably the oldest and most popular hoop game EVER! Check out this little boy rolling a hoop in Pinga, Congo in 2013 (more about the source and context of this picture right here) or the