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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Castell


This is a castell, Catalan for castle. It is a typically Catalan tradition, dating back to the end of the 18th century. It is a very small castell, as they can have up to 10 levels, with up to 5 people per level.
The whole thing has even it's own terminology. Here is what Wiki has to say about it.
The least one can say about it, is that the castellers need an uncommon strength and stamina to achieve such towers. Imagine the guys forming the base, with up to 50 people standing on their shoulders! Amazing! Amazing as well this little girl on the picture scrambling her way up by stepping on everybody else.
A last word about it for now: I read somewhere that they want that tradition to be recognized as a World Heritage. Good!

10 comments:

Leif Hagen said...

Looks like a lot of fun as long as nobody falls down! Fun snap!

Steffe said...

wow. ten levels. that's mighty impressive.

Luis Gomez said...

Love this photo. Great!

Lois said...

That's an unusual sport for sure! I would not want to be on the first level in the event of a collapse.

brattcat said...

Look at the concentration on their faces. Great catch.

Don and Krise said...

I saw the pic over at the Wikipedia link. Can you imagine being on the bottom of that thing? There are some strong dudes there. Have you had your Wheaties Rob?

prashant said...

ten levels. that's mighty impressive.
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Kcalpesh said...

Very impressive & very similar to our Indian Festival named Govinda.

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Vogon Poet said...

I would really like to see this!

Firsty Relia Renata, ST said...

wow.. impressive..

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