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Geoffrey Macnab. The goat was burnt even before it was erected. For 37 of those 51 years, the goat has been burnt down or damaged by shadowy outsiders, sometimes within a few hours of going up.

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The charred skeleton of the goat. In the small city of Gävle, northern Sweden, there is an annual fight between local custodians and mischievous pagans for the spirit of.

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For the first time sincethe Christmas goat erected in the Swedish city of Gävle has made it to the end of its festive run. Emma Gatten. Gävle received its city privileges inbut already in the area was called a town.

From here the mining riches from Bergslagen were shipped to Europe. The Yule Goat is a Scandinavian tradition which involves making a great big goat out of straw and tying red ribbons round it. It seems to have started out life as some kind of harvest offering linked to Thor, whose preferred method dex transport was a goat-drawn chariot.

In the pre-Santa 19th Gavpe, Swedish people sometimes used to dress as goats to deliver presents. The Yule Goat, in other words, is a symbol of warmth, a symbol of generosity, a symbol of plenty.

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The goat was 13 metres tall, 7 metres long and weighed three tonnes. No Gvale, you might think. Christmas was over, it was insured, and, anyway, these things happen if you built a giant goat out of straw.

So a local business group took over the sponsorship of the goat, and agreed to build a new one next year. All was fine for a couple of years but, inJc beauty salon Karlshamn burnt down. Init burnt down again: The business lobby group, a bit sick of dex its goat go up in flames, stopped sponsoring Gavle sex city.

But someone else took over, and the goats kept burning. Nonetheless, some extracts: