Christmas Folklore, Legends and Traditions! El Caganer, the pooping nativity figure.

 

Christmas Folklore, Legends and Traditions, 

EL CAGANER!

 

I am going to kick off this series of posts with something off-color and mildly offensive to grab your attention and appeal to your lower self in order to get you hooked, so,  El Caganer!

 

Joy to The World!

Joy to The World!

 

I lived in Spain for a time and I really loved many of their unique Christmas traditions; Three Kings Day, Turron,  their elaborate Nativity scenes, and the guy taking a dump in the Nativity scene… Yes, there is a little guy called El Caganer (The Shitter) incorporated into all Nativity scenes, and sometimes if you’re lucky there’s a guy peeing as well but he’s not our focus.

 

 The origins of the Caganer are lost but there are many different ideas about why he exists. All we really know is that he began showing up in Nativity scenes sometime in the 17oos. Some say he’s just there to entertain kids and perverts, others say he’s representative of everyone’s equality before God (because we all poop). But the most interesting explanation I’ve heard delves into some pretty strange old catholic superstition. The basic idea is that when you take communion and swallow that wafer, it goes through you body cleansing you of sin and once it has done it’s job you poop out pure sin! In addition to that, the reason that digestive fiber cookies are called Maria Cookies and are so popular in Europe is because Maria (Mary, Jesus’ Mother) works as an intercessory between you and Jesus just as the fiber cookie works as an intercessory in the sin digestion process...

 

Whatever the reason for having a man crapping in a Nativity scene celebrating the birth of Christ, the tradition is strong and pretty far-reaching. All over Spain, France and Italy you can find these guys. They have celebrity versions from Barack Obama to Charlie Brown, some are small and some are huge, but they all remind us what the true meaning of Christmas is…  somehow.

Caganers

 

For highly informative articles on Christmas folklore follow the links:

Christmas Folklore Legends and Traditions El Caganer

Christmas Folklore Legends and Traditions Krampus and Knecht Ruprecht

Christmas Folklore Legends and Traditions The Yule Goat

Christmas Folklore Legends and Traditions St. Picklas

Christmas Folklore Legends and Traditions X-Mas Origins

Christmas Folklore Legends and Traditions Desktop Wallpaper

Christmas Folklore Legends and Traditions A Son is Given

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Christmas Folklore, Legends and Traditions! More Christmas for Everyone! And The True Meaning of XMAS

More Christmas for Everyone!

 

Satan Claus putting the X back in X-mas

Satan Claus putting the X back in X-mas

Christmas is a holiday neck deep in cultural tradition and nearly untraceable folklore. I am Christian and I will admit that the holiday is only partially based in Christianity. Most of Christmas is all about cultural and familial tradition. The holiday is an amalgam of pagan and Roman practices with a few sprinkles of Christianity. Jesus wasn’t even born anytime near December…   “Put Christ back in Christmas!” some may exclaim, but I maintain that for those who want him in Christmas he’s where he’s always been. If you are a Christian, aren’t you supposed to be thinking about Jesus all the time? Why get so bent out of shape for Christmas? Christmas is a cultural phenomenon and should be recognized as such. Along with the baby Jesus, we have Santa Claus, reindeer, presents, Christmas Music, wassail, snowballs, and all sorts of other tinsel covered crap!

 

 Christians, Muslims, Atheists, and Jews come celebrate this joyful, historically rich, seasonal tradition with us! Call it Christmas because that’s what it’s called… What? You’re not Christian you say? Well I’m not Catholic, I don’t celebrate mass but I still call it ChristMAS! Also, people who get angry about the phrase “Happy Holidays” have misplaced rage, what does Holiday mean? HOLY DAY! How dare those accursed heathens call the day I celebrate my savior’s birth holy! Oh, and on the flip-side, you crazy Christians who think that Santa is evil, your kids aren’t going to burn in hell if you let them believe in Santa Claus, they’re going to die of boredom because you are boring and dumb!!! Santa is a cultural icon and if you’re worried he’ll take away the Jesus part of Christmas you’re obviously not very confident in your own beliefs and in your child’s ability to use reason.

…Okay, I’m going to calm down.

 

Any well-adjusted member of our society should have no qualms about the spirit of this celebration. Peace, kindness, love, family, sharing our fortune with those who are less fortunate. Why would anyone have a problem with these ideas? Has Christmas become mega-commercialized? Yes. Are Christmas Trees and lights melting the O-Zone Layer? I hope so. Are too many of our kids spoiled brats? Yes. But commercialization is a byproduct of people yearning for something; I guess it has just become misdirected. We are all so eager to slough off the rest of the mundane year and embrace something special, and we get carried away.

 

Don’t worry about “The War against Christmas”, if you love Christmas then go out and give Christmas a good name. Help others, show love, don’t get hung up on the little faults and unpleasant aspects of the season. Unscroo the scrooges and have a great holiday season!

 

 Also, fun fact: Xmas is not anti-Christian, The “X” is actually indicating the Greek letter “Chi”, which is short for the Greek, meaning “Christ”.  So “Xmas” and “Christmas” are essentially the same thing.

For highly informative articles on Christmas folklore follow the links:

Christmas Folklore Legends and Traditions El Caganer

Christmas Folklore Legends and Traditions Krampus and Knecht Ruprecht

Christmas Folklore Legends and Traditions The Yule Goat

Christmas Folklore Legends and Traditions St. Picklas

Christmas Folklore Legends and Traditions Desktop Wallpaper

Christmas Folklore Legends and Traditions A Son is Given

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#endoftheworldproblems #2

When you are on your afternoon run and you’re consumed by a swarm of flesh-eating locusts… #endoftheworldproblems

Holy Moses!

Holy Moses!

 

#endoftheworldproblems #1

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Obama’s Daily Intel Brief

White House says President Obama found out about VA scandal through media reports…

 

Obama's Intel Chief

Obama’s Intel Chief

 

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Political Cartoon by Request: Rogue Bovine!

I received a special request for a political cartoon about the recent events in Nevada with The Bureau of Land Management and the Bundy Cattle Ranch. I guess my comic just calls special attention to the awesome job the Federal Government is doing to protect it’s Western States from Dangerous ROGUE BOVINES!

EDIT: Also Mr. Bundy is a moron, my comic in no way condones his idiocy.

This Land is Your Land...

This Land is Your Land…

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COMMOИ CoЯE Caps

CommoИ CoЯE...

CommoИ CoЯE…

Imagine that you know some guy, you don’t trust him, you don’t have any confidence in him and he’s a manipulative creep. This guy draws up a plan to babysit your kids, it’s a great plan it has all sorts of important and neat features, and it’s wonderful according to him. Do you actually take the time to read his plan and weigh all the pros and cons, or do you tell him to get lost and stay away from your kids?

…That’s common core in a nutshell, as far as I’m concerned.

 

 

 

 

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Cold War Games… Putin Vs Obama

Today I was inspired to create my latest comic while reading an interesting article regarding the latest geopolitical situation.

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers  said Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been emboldened by the Obama administration’s diplomatic strategy of containment, which has given room to Putin’s push for geopolitical dominance.

“I think Putin is playing chess and I think we’re playing marbles,” the House Intelligence Committee Chairman told Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace. “And I don’t think it’s even close.”

I couldn’t help but imagine the scene, and I wanted to depict Putin looking almost exasperated, longing for the days when he had a formidable foe.

Cold War Games

Cold War Games, Putin playing chess with Obama, Obama Playing Marbles with putin

See this cartoon featured on The Blaze Blog!

 

 

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The Constitution is Hanging by a Thread…

A recent article I read on The Blaze  about America being at a constitutional tipping point brought to mind an old phrase about the United States Constitution hanging by a thread. I don’t blame Obama for the complete disintegration of our political structure it has been a long time coming, but I do argue that his policies have greatly accelerated the previously gradual erosion of our freedoms.

 

The constitution is hanging by a thread.

The constitution is hanging by a thread.

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I’ve Got a Feeling Somebody’s Watching Me…

These days all eyes are on us as citizens, the world is becoming smaller and our sins are not easily hidden. I can’t help but feel paranoid. I have gone through waves of belief in conspiracy since High School and I am afraid to say that things may be worse than I ever imagined. So in honor of our new found vulnerabilities I created a little piece of political art. Here’s to you Chairman Obama!

The all seeing eye that was made possible by way of hope and change!

The all seeing eye that was made possible by way of hope and change!

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Kodos 2012!

We are merely exchanging long protein strings. If you can think of a simpler way, I'd like to hear it.

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