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Post Carnival Culture in Andalusia
Created by John Eipper on 03/20/19 3:14 AM

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Carnival Culture in Andalusia (John Heelan, UK, 03/20/19 3:14 am)

Enrique Torner (17 March) mentioned Jerome Mintz's book on carnival culture in Cádiz.  As part of my researching the culture of Andalusia, I became fascinated with Carnaval as a temporary release from the strictures of the Catholic Church.  I enjoyed village carnavales along the Costa del Sol, visited Cádiz, Sevilla, Córdoba and Granada during Carnaval and Semana Santa.

It was interesting to compare and contrast Carnaval with Fasching in Germany, especially RosMontag in Bavaria--where I had half of my tie removed by a young lady. Don't ask the reason but it was explained to me that it was a symbolic castration. Thankfully this time it was limited to just snipping the end from my tie.

I found very useful David D Gilmore's book Carnival & Culture:  Sex, Symbol and Status in Spain (Yale 1998), as well as some writings of how previously pagan rites have been subsumed in Andalusian culture (not just Semana Santa processions but also the "Burial of the Sardine" and the sometimes more libidinous "Noche de San Juan").

JE comments:  Moral of this story:  do not wear a tie at carnival!  John, I'll be thinking of you this morning and over the next several days, as we embark on Lorca studies in my Spanish Lit and Culture class.  A quick question:  what is the most interesting "fun fact" you learned about FGL over the course of your research?  (I mean something you don't readily gloss from a biography or--gasp--Wikipedia.)

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