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"There's a lot of pressure for it to become more like a sport," says Guillermo. "but we don't think of it as a sport. It's part of the culture. In sports the best guys get offered more money and become stars, but here the 20 best guys are nothing without the rest of the team." There's something undeniably heartwarming about watching the construction of a castell. The people at the bottom, known as the "pinya", don't even get to see what they're creating; they're too busy leaning into each other like a kind of benevolent rugby scrum and letting themCAsTells MusT Be RAised And disMAnTled CoRReCTly. selves be used as a ladder. Nevertheless they still share wholeheartedly in the triumph of a successfully raised and dismantled castell. Just as importantly, they also share in the disappointment if the castell is not raised and dismantled correctly. one of the most poignant moments of the afternoon is when one of the "pillars" (the narrow castells with a smaller base) crumples like a house of cards. The child, or exaneta as they're known, who should have been on the top seems unfazed, but the teenage girl beneath her bursts into tears. As they quickly rally

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