Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas from Catalonia

A Caganer is a figurine depicted in the act of defecation appearing in nativity scenes in Catalonia and neighbouring areas with Catalan culture such as Andorra, Valencia, Northern Catalonia (in southern France) and the Balearic Islands. It is most popular and widespread in these areas, but can also be found in other areas of Spain (Murcia), Portugal and southern Italy (Naples).
The name "El Caganer” literally means “the crapper” or "the shitter". Traditionally, the figurine is depicted as a peasant, wearing the traditional Catalan red cap (the "barretina"), but there are also quite a few fine samples with beret (a Basque, for instanstance, and the Catalonian police) and with his trousers down, showing a bare backside, and defecating.

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