Barcelona Photoblog: Barcelona Caganers: Rafa Nadal

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Barcelona Caganers: Rafa Nadal

Rafa Nadal Caganer Figure

Among the many traditions of Catalonia, there is one which is rather peculiar: the Caganers. These small figures that originally represented a payés (peasant) making "number two", are part of Catalan nativity scenes. There was a moment in history in which not only the peasant was characterized in this prosaic posture (feces included) but also celebrities, local authorities, religious men, international renown personalities, presidents. This year's sensation was Obama. I showed Fidel Castro and Bush together in a previous post. I visited Santa Llucia Christmas market and chose this one for you, number one tennis player Rafa Nadal. I suppose it is always pleasing to show people as they really are, deprived of all the aura and power. I hope you don't feel offended and get to understand this deep rooted tradition of ours.


  1. Anonymous4:42 AM

    Very funny capture, great colors and dof too. Looks like a store that is full of interesting things. Nice

  2. Anonymous8:05 PM

    I'll have to agree with SQ. As for the image itself, its overall combination of color and texture make me feel like I'm standing in the doorway ready to browse more.

  3. Anonymous4:22 PM

    really cool shot Carlos! the colors are wonderful. congratulation on being the weekly pick at VFXY! :D

  4. Thanks my friends. Let's see your wonderful images :)

  5. Anonymous11:02 PM

    Pretty great. I'm gonna have to pick up a few if/when I get back.


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