Tuesday, November 23, 2010

hold on, it's coming

With Thanksgiving upon us and Christmas coming sooner than we like, I thought I'd share an amusing Catalonian tradition I just learned about. Since the 17th century during Christmas, a large model of the city of Bethlehem is created along with the usual nativity scene. Tucked away in a corner of the model there has always been a little figure of a defecating Catalan peasant, called the Caganer.

It's considered to be a good omen and a sign of the earth being fertilized. In recent years, instead of a peasant wearing a red hat squatting in a corner, modern Caganers are caricatures of famous people.



It could be said Caganers represent the equality of all people and I rather like that definition. Then again, it could mean other things too which I'll leave for you to decide.

10 comments:

La Belette Rouge said...

It's kind of like a nativity scene of the classic book of literature "every one poops". Hilarious!

Sean Jeating said...

It's very sophisticated, eh? :)

I notice quite a few people are visiting Omnium just to see Mrs. Merkel. :)

Lisa said...

Those are hilarious! I love the Tin Tin one.

lindsaylobe said...

Seeing there are only a few million who still speak the language it’s amazing how well their traditions continue.
I guess since Christmas coincides with pagan festivals of renewal it does have some connection of sorts.
Happy belated birthday wishes.

Randal Graves said...

That's concentrated evil coming out of your ass.

susan said...

belette - There's a book called that?

sean - You mentioned it and I found it. Pretty funny.

lisa - I was so surprised I had to share.

lindsay - I think the tradition continues because they found a lot of people will buy them. That's often the way.

Thanks for the good wishes.

randal - I know :-)

linda said...

how fun...in a rather crude way...not into watching famous people defecating however we all do-some more than others- and tho it no longer fertilizes our earth, heaven forbid with OUR diet, well, at least it's a way to lighten the load, so to speak. ahem...

xoxoxoxoxox and heartfelt thanks for the recent email with the included in-sight into such a sweet friend, very much treasured and will hold close to my heart the image ♥

gfid said...

of COURSE sponge bob has a yellow bum!!! why was i surprised?

gfid said...

but i question the creative license regarding the other yellow bit.

susan said...

linda - One of these days I'm going to write about fertilizer but in the meanwhile I thought this was pretty funny. I'd never heard of them.

I too am very glad we're friends.

gfid - Maybe this is a baby sponge bob?