Peo­ple Do the Darn­d­est Things

Newsweek International - - IN FOCUS - DAVID RAMOS

Mem­bers of the Colla Joves Xi­quets de Valls team daz­zle a mas­sive crowd at the 27th Con­curs de Castells, or Hu­man Tow­ers, com­pe­ti­tion on Oc­to­ber 7. Start­ing some two cen­turies ago near this port town, castells have drawn a huge fol­low­ing across Cat­alo­nia. At lo­cal fes­ti­vals, teams con­struct the high­est, most com­plex dis­plays pos­si­ble, usu­ally with the stoutest par­tic­i­pants at the base and a small boy at the top. In 2010, UN­ESCO anointed the castells as Master­pieces of the Oral and In­tan­gi­ble Her­itage of Hu­man­ity.

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