When it comes to assembling the Christmas nativity scene, we find main figures, which it is almost obligatory to include (the Child Jesus, the Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph, of course; but also the Angel or the Magi) and other secondary figures, which They give our crib the originality with which we seek to surprise the guests. Animals appear in this group of “accessory” figures. And the fact is that, although Benedict XVI tried to "remove" the mule and the ox from the Nativity, the truth is that the vast majority of nativity scenes include these nice characters in their productions. Do you want to know the animals of the Bethlehem portal most common?

Group of animals in the Bethlehem of San Juan de Dios de Córdoba. 2016


10 animals for the nativity portal

Some more "obligatory" and frequent than others, we have summarized some of the most important animals of the nativity site. You can put others, of course, although you must be careful not to make obvious historical mistakes ...

  1. Mula: despite the "correction" of Pope Emeritus at 2012, for the nativity scene it is impossible to eliminate from the manger the figures of the mule and the ox, a custom from the apocryphal gospels and that St. Francis of Assisi began on Christmas Eve of 1223.
  2. Ox: consistent with the figure of the mule, the ox It is a compulsory animal crib in all homes. And it is that the belenismo is an art and a passion that does not have to reflect strictly the content of the Gospels.
  3. CamelsWhat would happen to the Wise Men without your most faithful companions? They appear in all the mangers, although we must specify that what is usually represented are camels, a kind of camel family that only have a hump.
  4. Chickens: zoologists believe that the origin of this animal, so common today in farms and rural areas, lies in ancient China, and that it spread from there to the West, possibly passing through the area where Jesus was born. Therefore, they have a place in your Bethlehem website. However, be careful, turkeys were unknown in the 1st century Palestine.
  5. Goats and sheep: the goat was the most common cattle of the Judea area, where milk and cheese were obtained for food.

    Detail of sheep in the Bethlehem portal

  6. pigs: although it is an animal frequently represented in countries such as Spain or Italy at the time of mounting the Nativity Sceneis a historical incongruity and is one of the typical crib mistakes. In spite of everything, it is easy to find these animals in the western cribs, culturally adapting their elements.
  7. Cattle: there were cows in the Palestine of Jesus Christ, yes; but not the round cow that we usually represent, but the Arab species, much thinner. They are difficult to find in Native American markets and shops.
  8. Cats: the existence of domestic felines in Ancient Egypt is known from long before the birth of Christ and spread across the Middle East, so it is a recommended animal to include in the Bethlehem portal.
  9. Palomas: being this animal that represents the Holy Spirit, it is normal to represent it in the manger. Flying, perched on the nest, pecking on the ground ... how do you like the chickens in the portal?
  10. Pathos: it is the animal par excellence, next to geese, to Nativity scenes with pond or lagoon


And you, do you put animals on your Bethlehem website?


Fecha: 22 / 11 / 2018|Categories: Curiosities|Tags: , , , , , |

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