Monday, January 05, 2009
Obama Takes a Shit in Spain...No Really!
(Warning: this Meltingpot makes liberal use of the word shit. If this word offends you, perhaps you should skip this post. My apologies.)
Welcome Back Meltingpot Readers,
I've missed you all while I was in Spain for the holidays. I really, really did. Especially when I discovered a peculiar custom common to Spain during the Christmas season. It seems, that in addition to a Christmas tree, most Spanish households erect an elaborate manger scene during the holidays. This makes sense especially since in Spain, it's the three kings (those are the guys who brought the gifts to the baby Jesus, for all of my non-Christian readers) who bring presents on January 6th and not a big fat guy in a red suit. Although, truth be told, Santa has invaded Spain and is gaining in popularity. But I digress.
So, anywho, apparently no manger scene is complete without -- of course the figures of Mary and Joseph, the baby Jesus and the three kings, but also a man taking a shit, aka, "the shitter." I'm not kidding. The most popular figurine in a Spanish manger scene, is the man taking a dump, affectionately known as "the shitter." Really, I'm not making this up. Apparently the shitting guy adds an air of authenticity to the manger scene, because obviously there weren't any bathrooms during biblical times. Right? I'm guessing here, because nobody could tell me exactly why this shitting man must be in the scene. But they could tell me that the tradition came from Barcelona where every year they erect a giant manger scene in a public square and the face of "the shitter" is always some famous person. Every year it's someone different -- a politician, a movie star, a king. It's considered an honor to be "the big shitter" in Barcelona. And this year, "the big shitter" is Obama!
You gotta love Spain.
Anybody else ever hear of this tradition in any other country? Please share!
Happy New Year Meltingpot Readers.