Thursday, December 3, 2009
This is one of the weirder Christmas traditions I have ever heard of, and very strange, even to me.
The photo above is of a figure some people in Spain use to beat on with sticks. As they beat the figure, or something that is similar to it, they say the words “¡caga tió!”.
Essentially that's to encourage the object to to poo something out. Really, I'm not kidding!
Of course what is being dropped is little goodies like nuts, torrons and candie. After this goes on and nothing is left, the final object is a salt herring which is shared by the family or community.
This figure actually is set partly into a fireplace when ordered to start pooing, for what reason, I'm not sure.