*Joan Petit was the actual name of the man. "Petit" means "short and small" in Occitan.

Game Instructions

The music (above) is a version in which the sentence 'amb lo dit, dit, dit' is sung twice: the beginning is sung dancing in a ring, and when singing 'amb lo dit, dit, dit', the children touch the ground three times with their finger, when singing the second 'amb lo dit, dit, dit', they point their finger to the sky, and they turn round on 'atal dança Joan Petit'. Each part of the body is shown when evocated. Besides the fact of keeping this song alive, all the parts of the human body can be added to make the children aware of their body image.


Monique wrote me: "Joan Petit was a peasant, and in 1643, in Villefranche de Rouergue (south of Massif Central), he led the peasant rebellion against king Louis XIV. When he was taken, he was sentenced to torture by the wheel. And the song says that when his finger was broken, he danced with his finger, etc."



Thanks to Monique for singing this song for us!

Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Joan Petit

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Monique Palomares for contributing and translating this song, for the score, the midi and the mp3 music.

Mercé plan!