Of courseit sex has probably always been a delicate topic for parents from no matter what part of the U.S. The openness here on such topics took some getting used to. For example the word "shit" in my family has never been a trigger for getting my mouth washed out with soap. But here all the prohibited words, both in translation and in English are quite commmon even in the mouths of preschoolers. Another American problem is that the culture is still medieval when it comes to word magic, so knowledge of a word in the U.S. often carries the concept of guilt, even though most 4 letter forbidden words, don´t even refer to their implied sexual meaning. So the use, or non use of them, is more a measure of class, then wickedness. Here is exmple of what would translate back into English as a bad word, "taco". So, because I like Mexican food, and like to cook, I serve do it yourself tacos, older more polite ladies refer to them as Mexican crepes. Here the most common use of the word in semipolite conversations, is as an adjective, describing a crude person who is "potty mouthed" using low class slang to define various bodily functions. A lot of common expressions here do not translate well. As I mentioned many of our cultural activities are prechristian absorbed into christianity as it moved into Europe (marketing in the present sense). With Luther´s reformation, in thory, though not true (all non scriptural elements were chucked) but until after Franco died, we had no Protestant presence here so these elements are still with us, where they have been separated from the church and tidied up in Protestant cultures. an example of this is that all municipalities have pair of giants (4m tall) who dance, take the mayor to church, and are potectors of the village, and usually live in the lobby of the city hall. In England they have become the supporters of the shields. So the Queen´s arms are supported by a lion and a unicorn. These were never real animals, they were people dressed as such, the equivalent of our giants. Two examples of what would not go over well are the "caganer" and "castellera". For the former our christmas scenes are similar to those in the U.S. with on exception. in that we have an extra character we have a little guy in the squatting with his pants own, dressed as a peasant or a shepherd, taking a dump (caganer=shitter as in caca). This is a prechristian tradition with a valid message still. The Christmas scene is traditionally at the west end of the church where the eastern end has the altar or focal point of worship. the message is that if Jesus came to earth as a man, and was born poor, what is all that gold and glory doing at the east end. So having the caganer puts a different perspective on the triumphalism displayed in most churches, as God does not need glory, but human are attracted to it. In both pagan structures and Ffeud the simble of a male is a tower, and for a female a door because it is through a oman tha the human passes from one diminsion to the other- A perfect exaple of this is at UCB, where the Sather family donated money for the campus, Mr Sather gave the bell tower, and Mrs Sther provided Sather Gate. Sp the Eguptian obelisk is basicly a penis, and, Italian nobles used to brag about how their tower was bigger then his neighbors. Castellera started as part of a ritual fertility dance building human towers, eventually like many examples of folklore and magic ended up after the reformation as a children´s game, but was revived in the 19c as a sport. As a result there are about 150 teams between Valencia and Catalunya North which now part of France. We have competitions, and exhibitions (Day after tomorrow for example, for Chinese New Years) As a sport we get public money in excange for so many exhibitions and competitions per year (amounts to about 50,000€ per year for my team, which pays for our club house, and because we are an island with only two teams, we have to go by boat or plane to most competitions, while those on the contenent have competitions as a day trip. The sexual aspect shows up in the first phase of the competition, called a "pilar caminant" - basicly a walking penis, and as our kids start taking English at about age 2-5-3, they often shock Americans and Brits when they refer t it as a "walking penis" Exhibitions are shorter then competitions, and the teams are often hired for weddigs,where they build the "pilar caminant" at the back of the church then walk it to the bridal couple at the front and then precede them out after the service. As these are particularly dangerous, some competitions skip the other types of castells, and just have this as the competition, which means more teams, doing less castells. The clip is rather long, so I will give you a time setting to get the picture without having to watch the entire thing. Before I post it an aside, we don´t have the same hangups as Brits and Americans regarding sex and bodily functions. kids deck change at the pool for swimming classes, and when my team was on another island for a competition in a village so small there was no hotel we were given cots in a gym. but where in America the gym lobby has two doors to the side saying boys and girls, here it was home and visitor, out of politeness most men using the urinal usually zip up before turning around. for this clip for the short version start around point 20:30. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZxsGpSp03g
Note that they don´t speak Spanish here either, not that it matters as the visuals pretty much say what is happending.
Speaking of racial vs racism, you will notice the flags with variations are gold with 4 red striipes. This is racist triumphalism because the first King of the Aragón state, had to marrry the king of the aragon´s daughter, and to get her hand he had to kill a Muslim king. Before this happened his shield was simply gold,, when he dumped the dead Muslim´s body before the old king, that king put is hand inside the dead Muslim´s chest, and drew the 4 red stripes with his 4 bloody fingers on the new king´s coat. Just a myth, but definitely racist. Aside: there are about 150 teams, primer league "castells" higher then 7 levels, minor league 7 or less. My team made major around 2006 and are now around 28th rank in the majors. Both the island teams have done 8 in practice, but we are the only one to have done it in competition.