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I Wonder Why...?

I will be writing about aspects of Spanish history and their traditions. I am a very curious person and have always needed to know "why" they do it, and "how" it came about. So over the years while living in Spain I have made a conscious effort to discover "el porque de las cosas" and I will be sharing them with you. I hope you find it as fascinating as I do.

Wild Horses
05 July 2018 @ 01:14

In early July, the young “aloitadores” of Sabucedo, Pontevedra, gather the wild horses, place them in a “curro”, shave them and brand them.

La Rapa das Bestas (The Shearing of the Beasts) is a popular festival which has been in existence since the 18th century. It consists of gathering the wild horses in the mountains, placing them in a “curro” (corral or enclosure), shaving them and branding them. All of this is held in Sabucedo (Pontevedra, Galicia) on the first Saturday, Sunday and Monday of July.

The “curro” in Sabucedo is the most famous of its kind, and its unique feature is that no ropes, sticks or other devices are used to tame the animals. The “aloitadores”, the ones charged with holding the beasts while they are being shaved, may only use their skill and body to perform the job.

Another specific feature of La Rapa das Bestas in Sabucedo is that the “bajada”, or the leading of the horses to the place in Sabucedo, is an integral part of the celebration itself, and hundreds of people from Galicia and beyond participate in it. In 2007, La Rapa das Bestas was declared a Festival of International Tourist Interest.
On Saturday morning (the first day), very early and before climbing the mountain, a stirring mass is held where they address prayers to Saint Lawrence, the patron saint of Sabucedo, to ensure that no accidents or other unfortunate events happen during the festival.

 



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Besss said:
07 July 2018 @ 11:11

How miserable to see a lot of terrified animals with someone leaping in to hurt and frighten them more. Celebrating this this does no credit to Spain, her vets or her recognition as a civilised modern nation.


Elizabeth Ann Ross said:
09 July 2018 @ 11:45

Why do this? Shaving already short haired horses, why? They must be terrified and from what I see on these mens faces its all bravado and totally unnessary. Again WHY frighten these horses

Pure MALE BRAVADO!


Christine said:
09 July 2018 @ 13:10

Poor horses. What can you expect from a nation that still believes bull fighting is okay!!


acer said:
10 July 2018 @ 21:01

Quite agree, the guy jumping on the horses looks like a head case. Why?


Malcolm said:
17 November 2018 @ 13:03

When you choose to live in another country you also choose to respect their laws and customs. They may not be similar to yours and you may not agree with them, but remember, we are GUESTS in their country and should not try to change their customs or beliefs.Respect local customs. If they do not suit you then simply do not watch them or participate. Better still, leave the country!



Besss said:
17 November 2018 @ 13:26

I like to eat by 1pm, the Spanish an hour or so later, vive la difference, life would be hugely impoverished if we were all the same. I would not drink alcohol in a Muslim country, but I would do everything I could to avert FGM in those that practice it,and I would be happy for foreigners to draw my attention to any activities in my country they considered deeply wrong but maybe I had not considered before.That is the way mankind progresses...


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