The Mounaques (dolls) of Campan

We are often asked the history behind the dolls in Campan village.  Today we stopped and had a walk round, took some pictures and picked up an information leaflet to find out more.

In years gone by, when a man of the Campan valley decided to marry under not normal circumstances, eg an old widower marrying a young girl, he was the object of very rough mockery.  The couple would be represented by coarse dolls, known as ‘les Mounaques’, this word is derived from the Occitan language ‘monaca’, meaning doll or puppet. 

The tradition now is just to decorate Campan village as a tourist attraction.

Les Mounaques of Campan, this bar we think is English owned with two police officers

Les Mounaques of Campan, this bar we think is English owned with two police officers

A couple on the balcony

A couple on the balcony

Sitting by the front door

Sitting by the front door

The wedding being held at Campan church

The wedding being held at Campan church

Sitting at the back

Sitting at the back

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