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Thursday, November 02, 2006

"Toning down" traditional fiestas---

The Spanish have practiced the tradition of burning effigies of the prophet muhammed for centuries to celebrate the end of their annual festivals.

The festivals are normally held in Catalonia, Valencia and the Balearic Islands and include active participation by local residents. These residents don medieval costumes and re-enact ancient, historical battles that occurred between the Moors and the Christians during the Reconquista (reconquest) period.

The fiestas celebrate events in 1492, when the Catholic kings of northern Spain defeated and expelled muslim forces, effectively ending more than 800 years of brutal muslim rule.

In the past the festivities culminated with the burning of mannequins of the Mahoma, a figure based on the prophet mohammed to represent the final defeat of islam in the region. In some villages the head of the figure is stuffed with gunpowder and detonated with a cigar, while in others the dummy is decapitated and its head is thrown from the castle walls.

However, this year the local authorities have opted to “tone” down the rituals, hoping to appease the muslim and avoid a repeat of the lawless rioting that followed last year's publication of Danish cartoons of muhammed.

Organizers of the festival in the Valencian village of Bocairent will not be filling the head of the Mahoma with fireworks this year. "As it could hurt some people's feelings, we decided not to do it," Antonio Valdes, the mayor of Bocairent told El Pais, the daily newspaper.

The festival at Beneixama was also toned down, following a trend to avoid inflaming tensions in Spain which is, again, home to a growing number of Muslims.

Another concession to islam, the religion of peace.


Neo-Con Tastic said...

It's nice to see the REAL news being reported. These types of stories would never grace the cover of the NYSlimes or the crAP.

Glad to see you covering this - love the blog, I'll make sure to be back.

Rastaman said...

Agreed. Good post!
The Spanish are still on edge over the train bombings. Recall that they pulled their troops out of Iraq immediately after, in response to the muslims demands. Now this further appeasement.

There is a backlash though. While the Spanish government may be in appeasement mode much the same as most of the rest of Europe, the people are getting restless and want stricter measures applied to the muslims.

"A popular nationalist party in Spain's Catalonia region says immigrants should have to prove they are integrating to be eligible for social services and housing", for example.

The reality is that muslims have infiltrated virtually every society for a reason, which is conquest. What their leaders failed to consider, however, was the reaction of virtual slaves to a religion to the openness and freedom of the West, which is why they now fight so hard to keep their people from integrating. Already about 15% of the (former) muslims of Europe have switched over to some form of Christianity and the number is rising.

It's very possible that the nature of free societies itself may be all that's necessary to deal with the problem of Islam.