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Tuesday, January 10, 2012


El azacán
Photo from: ayto-toledo.org

watercarrier. A bag for carrying liquids commonly made with is a cured goatskin sewn up tightly. Water, bought at a high price, was stored in them. This custom was common still in the 19th C. Washington Irving provides vivid scenes of the water-carrier with jugs on his shoulders or on his ass walking up and down the tree lined streets of the Alhambra in Granada selling ice-cold water from the Sierra Morena to the poor carrying goatskins. See odre, cañada and barril. [ES: Irving. Jun 29, 02; and Gázquez. Cocina. 2002:33 ftn 62]

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