Latin star’s adopted home honors her in the form of a Christmas 'caganer.'
In Barcelona, where Shakira and her family make their home, Christmas shoppers can now pick up a figurine of the Colombian superstar, holding a microphone and crouching, with her pants down, over a pile of... you get the picture. While this might seem like an insult, it is actually considered an honor, part of a Catalan holiday tradition that goes back centuries.
The figurines, called caganers, which can be translated politely as “poopers,” are found squatting in most nativity scenes. Traditional caganers depict a Catalan everyman in historical peasant garb, hidden somewhere behind the baby Jesus and other protagonists of the Christmas display. The crapping man originally symbolized fertilizing the Earth and bringing good luck for the coming year.