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ESPINOSA, Bruna Baliari  and  GUTIERREZ, Teresa Rosado. What is essential is invisible to the eye: humanitarian and health promotion clowns. Aletheia [online]. 2010, n.31, pp. 4-15. ISSN 1413-0394.

The figure of the clown has passed through different moments and historical lectures, which makes it be considered an archetypal figure in the occidental culture. Their role in society has always been the ridiculous, object of giggling, but the clown is not only a being consistent, authentic and courageous, he is also fragile and transparent in his significations. Nowadays, the means of this character are reconstructed, like, for example, in the programs of clowns in community interventions - a new phenomenon that has grown considerably in the last years. They are already in different places such as hospitals, refugee camps, in developing areas and in emergency situations around the world. Anxious to promote health through humour, of laughter and a true and genuine attention to the other, these artists fit, increasingly, in community interventions, acting as a very important social role. This work aims to relate the figure of the clown and the clown of the hospital programs with the movement of humanization hospital currently available, identifying in them, relations with the work of health and promotion.

Keywords : Clowns; Health promotion.

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