The first known clowns date to Egypt's Fifth Dynasty, roughly 2400 BC. Clowns, as opposed to court jesters,[dubious - discuss] have traditionally had a socio-religious and psychological role, and historically[when?] the positions of priest and clown have been played by the same individuals. It appears conceivable that foolishness and fools, like magic and religion, satisfy some ingrained demands in human civilization, according to Peter Berger. Clowning is frequently seen as a crucial component of training in physical performance since it may deal with difficult subject matter and also demands a lot of risk-taking and play from the performer.
The term "clown" has been used in anthropology to refer to comparable jester or fool characters in non-Western civilizations. Clown civilizations are those in which clown characters play a significant role, and a ritual clown is a clown who participates in a religious or ritualistic activity.
A person who lives outside the parameters of typical cultural roles and plays the part of a backwards clown by doing everything backwards is known as a "heyoka" in Lakota and Dakota culture. Sometimes a Winkte is the finest choice to play the Heyoka role.