This was first published on my blog on November 10th, 2009 (12:43:01). I am reposting it now with some minor changes:
I did first send an e-mail on March 1st, 2009 to the jewishgen newsgroup (soc.genealogy.jewish) in which I asked if someone knows more about the song “En Den Dino” (with spelling mistakes removed):
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (lehrer)
Subject: Children’s song: “En den dino”
Date: 1 Mar 2009 13:55:30 -0800
This is more a historical question then a genealogy related question:
My daughter of 3 came from her preschool with the following song:
“En den dino / sof al hakatino / Elik Belik Bom / Shabat Shalom / Un deux trois et vous êtes pas!”
I remember myself singing this song as a kid. Kids sing this when they want to decide which kid will have its first turn when playing a game.
I also remember once seeing a documentary about rhymes from preschoolers. Quite often such rhymes appear to be very old with sources that go back till the middle ages.
As this song sounds Spanish or Portuguese (except for the French part which obviously was added later), I am wondering whether this song’s source can be from the Inquisition’s times?
I’ve received many replies to my question and have compiled an overview of what I managed to learn about this song.
What it is:
Most of the Continue reading The source of the song En Den Dino