View Full Version : Celebrating Christmas with pooping peasants

12-22-2006, 09:24 AM
By Brian Tracey
Business Editor

The Virgin Mary. The three kings. Baby Jesus in a manger. These are the figures one expects to find in a traditional Christmas nativity scene. But in parts of Spain, you'll also find a smartly dressed peasant squatting behind a rock with his rear-end exposed.

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

During the holidays, 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 poop presents out the other end.

These traditions, dating back as far as the 17th century, come from Catalonia's origins as an agrarian society where defecation was associated with fertility and health.

Note to Santa: Please do not use this story as inspiration for a new type of gift to leave under our Christmas trees.

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12-22-2006, 11:33 AM

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12-22-2006, 01:15 PM
I could have done without the visuals....
The two crappiest posts of the year, so far