The Corpus and the giants

In this situation, "giant" in Europe will reach a year 1311, when Pope Clement V establishes the feast of Corpus Christi, as an element to combat the rise of other ideas away from "traditional Christian faith."

And although it does not explain how to develop the processional celebration, it happens to be in the whole world a parade of religious elements (many of them on "triumphal cars," yet adapted to the interests of the party). In this way the giants, the tarascan, the bigheads and all sorts of fabulary join the "Fiesta" that over time you add new elements coming especially from union representation.

This, with the addition of popular dances such as sword dance, make that celebration has a great interest to the lower social classes, since there are reflected many of the elements belonging to their customs and traditions.

Therefore, as an example, in 1430 and written about the presence of giants in Ninove (Belgium), Bergen-op-Zoom (The Netherlands) in 1447, in Lisbon (Portugal) in 1450 in Dijon (France) the year 1454 and in Leicester (England) 1461.

In the kingdom of Spain was documented in 1500 in Alcala de Henares, in Girona 1521, in Seville in 1525, in Toledo in 1560 ....

And as a sign of their presence also quoted in the XVth century are documented in Kunzelsau (Germany), throughout the sixteenth century in Bozen (Italy), Zerbst (Poland) and Sterzin (Switzerland)


Barcelona (Spain).


Toledo (Spain).