Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Pay the Ground

In keeping with the holiday season I wanted to share this information on one of the odder and funnier Christmas traditions I've ever heard of- the Caganer. The Caganers was originally brought to my attention many years ago by an entry in but the links that post contains are now dead. I thought it was interesting enough I wanted to bring it back again.

The tradition of the Caganer comes to us from the region of Spain known as Catalan. The Caganer is a figurine that's typically added to Nativity displays to bring good luck. The odd thing is that figurine is depicted defecating or "paying the ground" as one maker of the figurines described it. (That's a nice earthy euphemism)

The e-shop has quite a collection of figurines if you're interested.

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