Castell:- Human Towers Spain (Video)

Tres de deu amb folre i manilles of Castellers...

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I thought this was fantastic, the way everyone is able to climb on top of each other, and of course there are some falls as well, and apparently there is always ambulances standing by just in case. In the video below you will be able to see how the people achieve these towers, and you will also see when something goes wrong they really do come   tumbling down.

A Bit of information about Castell if you are interested.

A castell is a human tower built traditionally in festivals at many locations within Catalonia.  At these festivals, several colles castelleres or teams often succeed in building and dismantling a tower’s structure. On November 16, 2010, castells were declared by UNESCO to be amongst the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

In Catalan the word castell means castle.

A castell is considered a success when stages of its assembling and disassembling, can be done in complete succession. The assembly is complete once all castellers have climbed into their designated places, and the enxaneta climbs into place at the top and raises one hand with four fingers erect, in a gesture said to symbolize the stripes of the Catalan flag. The enxaneta then climbs down the other side of the castell, after which the remaining levels of castellers descend in highest-to-lowest order until all have reached safety. Wikipedia.

In the city of Tarragona, Spain, castellers gather every two years to see who can build the highest, most intricate human castles. This uniquely Catalan tradition requires astonishing strength, finesse, and balance. Not to mention courage.   by Mike Randolph

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10 Responses to Castell:- Human Towers Spain (Video)

  1. travelrat says:

    This has been on my ‘must see’ list ever since I saw it on the National Geographic channel a couple of years ago … it even replaced the ‘Tomatina’ as No. 1 on my list of ‘Things to See in Spain’

    (Alas, most of my Spanish friends live in Madrid or on the Canary Islands, so it doesn’t look like I’ll get an invite! 😦 )

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi travelrat,
      I agree I think this would be great to go and watch. Don’t wait for an invite, mark on your calendar the next time this festival is on and go for it. 🙂

  2. malc50 says:

    Hi Mags, I don’t know which would be worse – being at the bottom trying to support all the weight or being at the top, with the greatest distance to fall. When some of those human towers collapsed, people would have to be injured. It is interesting that the young children wear helmets but none of the “macho” adults do – shouldn’t the adults set the example for the kids? I don’t usually want to play the role of a kill-joy, but if I was working for an insurance company, I wouldn’t have anything to do with the participants in this activity.

    Suncorp won’t accept any new insurance policies from anyone with a postcode starting with 48.. at the moment (not until after the cyclone season is over, at any rate). The army has gone from Townsville back to Tully/Mission Beach today to help finish cleaning up the debris before the next cyclone hits. Apparently, another cyclone may be developing in the Coral Sea. My daughter (an electrician) is working in Tully (and being accommodated at Mission Beach) at present, released by her employer and working to get people reconnected to the power grid under an initiative of the ETU (Electrical Trades Union).

    Suncorp (a Queensland Company?) won’t even give car insurance to a prospective new policy holder, if their postcode starts with 48 (Proserpine north). RACQ Insurance is laughing – they are getting all the new business in the north.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Mal,
      Yes it looks like they would be injured, especially if you were at the bottom of the pile. I wonder if the helmets put the balance out? Maybe that is why they only put them on the small kids.

      That is incredible about the insurance company’s, we have a few more weeks left yet of our cyclone season but still it doesn’t make much sense, because next year we will have another cyclone season so what’s the difference?

      Oh yes Suncorp would be in there getting the extra customers, they would make sure of that, but I have to give them same credit as Suncorp was the only insurance company that are fully paying all their customers that was damaged in the floods.

  3. malc50 says:

    The thing is that Suncorp is not getting the extra customers, Mags; RACQ Insurance is. Suncorp has put an embargo on accepting any new policy holders with 48xx postcodes.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Mal,
      Silly me I did read your comment wrong 😳 I can’t even think up a good excuse for that one. 🙂

      Good on the RACQ for at least allowing people to insure their cars, I still cannot believe that the other insurance company’s are holding off, as I said it really doesn’t make much sense, I’m assuming the cars that are in the car yards are all insured anyway.

  4. swamibu says:

    Impressive! Apparently they had these when I was in Barcelona, but sadly I was at the conference so missed them :/

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi swamibu,
      Oh what a shame you missed out on seeing this, it certainly would be something to be there, and the atmosphere of the whole festival looks fantastic.

  5. bronxboy55 says:

    Impressive and very scary at the same time. I was surprised to see the young children climbing to the top, as well as how quickly those columns of people collapsed. This blog is always an interesting visit.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi bronxboy55,
      Yes when they fall, you can actually feel the hurt, I would not like to be on the bottom. The kids do seem awfully young don’t they, but then again they would have to get smaller as the tower got higher I assume.
      Thank You.

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