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The fate of Mayman this year?

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« on: May 14, 2007, 22:13 PM »
In some villlages in Aliste on the border with Portugal on May 1st they put up a dummy on a pole. He is called El Mayo but I call him Mayman. Mayman's job is to ward off May frosts. If there is no frost during the month and crops are saved, Mayman is taken down and a village feast is held by all in his honour.

But if frosts do occurs, they take Mayman down and burn him. What will be his fate this year?

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« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2007, 23:37 PM »
Greetings Nick and All,
Interesting - I say he burns! >:D
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Ps.
Passing ref. only: does anyone know if there's any relationship 'tween Nick's Mayman and The Wickerman (the Gaelic tradition of Bealtaine?), Walpurgis Night, etc.?
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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2007, 00:31 AM »
Yes, tonight he fate may be sealed. From nearby Villardeciervos

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« Last Edit: May 15, 2007, 00:32 AM by nick »
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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2007, 00:39 AM »
It seems there are different forms of El Mayo in other parts of Spain

http://soria-goig.com/Etnologia/pag_0841.htm

But they don't seem to burn him.
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« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2007, 17:05 PM »
hi Nick and everyone
In the pottery making village of Jimenez de Jamuz, they have the tradition of El Mayo, as it says in the report, some of the figures are made to look like actual people from the village, no reports of burning though

Distintas escenas tradicionales o reivindicativas decoran las calles de Jiménez de Jamuz desde esta noche pasada y, por extensión, las de Santa Elena y Villanueva de Jamuz: los peculiares mayos ideados por los jiminiegos, con una concepción artística y formando escenas, adornarán durante todo el mes las calles de los tres pueblos del municipio de Santa Elena de Jamuz.

El mayo se plantaba en Jiménez como en cualquier otro pueblo, con un muñeco colgado de un mástil hasta que, hace unos veinte años, según explicó el alcalde de Santa Elena, se produjo el cambio en Jiménez de Jamuz. Generalmente, los mayos se inspiran en oficios tradicionales o en personajes concretos que hayan gozado de relevancia en el pueblo e incluso en la reivindicación.

Las escenas se elevan para su contemplación sobre una plataforma y las caras de los muñecos se fabrican con arcilla. Del mismo modo, si se respeta la concepción tradicional, también debe ser artesana la elaboración de los diferentes elementos que lo componen. La escena debe explicarse con unos versos.

Los vecinos de cada barrio instalan su mayo durante la noche del 30 de abril al 1 de mayo. Hasta entonces, la composición se ha guardado en secreto. A lo largo de la mañana de hoy un jurado determinará cuáles son los mejores mayos del municipio y cuál de ellos conserva mejor la tradición.
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As far as the wicker man is concerned it appears to be a fake, the only account coming from Julius Ceaser as the link to Wikipedia shows
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicker_Man.

Corn dollies however, were made from the ripened corn to hold the spirit of the corn until Spring, when they were planted in the fields to bring luck for the new harvest.
All very similar traditions, and in general probably Celtic

Regards
Dave
« Last Edit: May 16, 2007, 17:15 PM by Dave »

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« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2007, 20:36 PM »
Hi Dave,

Thanks for that. Yes, this area of Zamora is steeped in Celtic traditions.

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