Thursday, December 21, 2006
Pooping Peasant Popular in Spain
BARCELONA, Spain - The Virgin Mary. The three kings. A few wayward sheep. These are the figures one expects to find in a traditional Christmas nativity scene. Not a smartly dressed peasant squatting behind a rock with his rear-end exposed.

Yet statuettes of "El Caganer," or the great defecator in the Catalan language, can be found in nativity scenes, and increasingly on the mantelpieces of collectors, throughout Spain's northeastern Catalonia region, where for centuries symbols of defecation have played an important role in Christmas festivities.

During the holiday season, pastry shops around Catalonia sell sweets shaped like feces, and on Christmas Eve Catalan children beat a hollow log, called the tio, packed with holiday gifts, singing a song that urges it to defecate presents out the other end.

These traditions, in the case of the caganer dating back as far as the 17th century, come from an agricultural society where defecation was associated with fertility and health.

While the traditional caganer is a red-capped peasant, more modern renditions have gained popularity in recent years.
Stumble It! .......posted by Margaret @ 10:20 PM  
6 Comments:
  • At 12:35 AM, Blogger Chana said…

    how i miss being here hon...

    just another quick stop, this time to wish you and your beautiful family a very Merry Christmas. much love.

     
  • At 8:24 AM, Blogger Karlos said…

    The Great Defacator. Now that's some holiday spirit! ;-)

     
  • At 9:24 AM, Anonymous happy and blue 2 said…

    Does he poop a turkey for Christmas supper..

     
  • At 7:42 PM, Blogger Butchieboy said…

    I really enjoy this. The fact that it's true makes it a thousand times funnier.

     
  • At 2:27 PM, Blogger The Little Woman said…

    Wow...and I thought Santa was creepy...giving little kids he doesn't know toys and coming to the house while their parents sleep.

     
  • At 8:29 AM, Blogger Lavender Dawn said…

    that is just nuts!

     
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