For those of you have been reading this blog for awhile, you know that last year I bought two caganers. I normally frown on collecting bric-a-brac, but I decided to make an exception and collect the little “shitters”, one for each year that I spend Christmas in Catalunya.
The caganer is a traditional Catalán nativity figure. It was almost an obligatory figure in the nativity scenes of the 18th century. People at that time used to say that with his fertile “deposits” the soil would be made rich and productive for the coming year, and that he would also bring good health and calm to the body and the soul. To put this figure in the nativity was to bring luck and happiness, not to bring misfortune.
There is even a company, Terra i Mar (“Earth and Sea”), which creates both traditional and contemporary ceramic caganers. You can see them at many places that sell nativity figures, namely any store that sells seasonal decorations.
One of the caganers that I bought last year is a traditional Pare Noël/Papá Noel figure shown here:
Traditional Papá Noel/Pare Noël caganer.
The other caganer is of “W”. My only complaint is that he is holding the earth instead of s(h)itting on it:
So now I present to you this year’s addition:
This year's caganer.
My friend Rubén says that he is a famous actor here in Spain, popular with the younger-set and a “trend-setter”. Finally here is a worm´s eye view:
Worm's eye view.