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   Undertoad  Monday Sep 18 11:59 AM

September 18, 2006: Cascamorras festival



Why are all these people dirty, in the public square?

Tomatina is not the only festival in Spain -- turns out the Spanish are just crazy about wacky festivals and here is another glorious one, Cascamorras.



It's so new that Wikipedia doesn't have an entry on it! There's an official website, but the Spanish is so deep there that even Babelfish doesn't really translate.

I found other sites on it here, and here, the translations are so horrible that I can only piece together what's happening. I'll probably get it wrong, but here goes.

It seems there are two otherwise unnotable towns, Baza and Guadix. They fight over possession of this statue, the "Virgin of Piedad". They've fought over it for five centuries.

Every year, Guadix sends a team of representatives to Baza in an attempt to get the statue. These representatives are the "Cascamorras". People of Baza wait for the Cascamorras with a big bag of dirt, tinted water, and eggs.

The idea is that if the Cascamorras is not perfectly clean, it doesn't gain possession of the statue - so the Baza team tries to dirty the Cascamorras at all costs.

At intervals, there is an opportunity for the Cascamorras to wave the flag, clean off in fountains, and start over.

Every year the Cascamorras fails to capture the statue, and so every year it must return home to Guadix... where, in its shame, it's again smeared with tinted water and eggs and filth.

Unfortunately it's not clear from the photos which section of the festival is shown, and which side is which, etc. Looks like a glorious opportunity to get dirty... and clean... and dirty again.














Spexxvet  Monday Sep 18 12:57 PM

I think I'll go back to my sty and celebrate by rolling in some slop. Anyone want to hose me down, afterward?



dar512  Monday Sep 18 01:10 PM

Has anyone else read Robert Lynn Asprin's Myth Adventure series? This reminds me of the book about Aahz's birthday present.



barefoot serpent  Monday Sep 18 02:03 PM

maybe the Sunnis and Shi'as can start throwing dirt and eggs in Baghdad instead of RPGs?



The 42  Monday Sep 18 02:20 PM

That kiss at the end looks sweet, but ugh! How can they stand to kiss each other when they look like they have dirt literally painted on?!



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Sep 18 08:29 PM

I read a piece about Spanish festivals where the author proposed that all the festivals, big like Pamploma's running of the bulls, down to little two village festivals like this, were greeted with great enthusiasm, because Spain lives under such a strict social code. Any chance to drink, dance and flirt, are welcomed with gusto.



Undertoad  Monday Sep 18 09:10 PM

It's fun to re-read my entries again. In this one I say "so new" to describe an event that's gone on for five centuries. No, it's only new to us.



breakingnews  Tuesday Sep 19 01:29 AM

europeans are so fucking weird.



Sundae  Tuesday Sep 19 07:52 AM

Continental Europeans are weird. We just chase cheese down hills and snorkel in bogs.



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Sep 19 09:56 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by breakingnews
europeans are so fucking weird.
This, from the island where they burn sacrificial money for water ghosts and parade colorful flags to appease the spirits of the "Short People".

Let's face it, people everywhere are weird.


Ibby  Tuesday Sep 19 04:13 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce
This, from the island where they burn sacrificial money for water ghosts and parade colorful flags to appease the spirits of the "Short People".

Let's face it, people everywhere are weird.



Elspode  Tuesday Sep 19 06:12 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad
It's fun to re-read my entries again. In this one I say "so new" to describe an event that's gone on for five centuries. No, it's only new to us.
Hey, America *is* the world? I mean, if we haven't ripped it off and exploited it for profit, its "new".


SeanAhern  Tuesday Sep 19 11:05 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by breakingnews
europeans are so fucking weird.
Maybe. But do they practice weird fucking?


wolf  Saturday Sep 23 01:43 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sundae Girl
Continental Europeans are weird. We just chase cheese down hills and snorkel in bogs.
Don't forget Morris Dancing.


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