|Capgrosso (Note the carrier's eyes)|
I'm telling this story out of order, but I guess you won't mind too much since, until I mentioned it, you probably had no idea it was out of order. ;-)
No one was around, so we just walked around and took photos. (Side note: I used to take NewsHound, mascot of the TV staion where Mike worked at the time, with us on trips. He was quite taken with the smaller giants in Barcelona.)
|NewsHound and a caprosso|
|A pair of gegants (Note the carrier's face)|
|Wild Boar Capgrosso|
The first mention of gegants in Barcelona is in a document written in the 15th century. Today, there are 4,000 gegants in Catalunya and 7,000 more in Spain. There are more than 85 other countries that have giants in their cultures.
In Catalunya, the gegants usually appear in pairs — one male and one female. If you look at the photo of Mike with the two gegants, you'll see that the gegants are a fisherman and his wife who is holding a fish. The gegants are quite expensive, costing upwards of €6000 ($7800) for one.
The gegants and capgrossos are an important part of the culture of Catalunya, and each village, town, even neighborhood has its own pair. They make their appearance during major festivals, holidays, and celebrations.
Next time: Towering Over Us...