So what is a Caganer? A sheep? A shephard? An angel? One of the wise men?
The Caganer is a man crouching with his pants down, and ... defecating.
Yes, I am not kidding. In every nativity scene, there he is. With a big brown "lump" under his behind.
When I first heard about it, I thought it was a joke. There wasn't space for this in a nativity scene in my head. But then the nativity scenes started popping up here and there, there he was, in every single one of them. And all the shops selling parts of nativity scenes also sells different versions of the Caganer.
So, why and how did this become a normal thing to put in a nativity scene?
The origen of it is lost, but they think it stems from the early 18th century, and that it symbolizes prosperity in that feces ferment the soil and will then give a successfull harvest the next year. To place a caganer in the nativity scene was to bring luck and happiness, and the contrary would bring misfortune. This tradition is completely accepted by the Catholic church. ...
|Traditional Caganer, (source)|
So, what do you think of this?