Carantoñas festival, Acehúche, Cáceres 2015

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Women in traditional dress is seen during the Carantoñas festival, in Acehúche near Cáceres, on January 21, 2015. The "Carantoñas", monster-animal characters mixing paganism with Christianity, search for Saint Sebastian in the streets of the village of Acehúche, southwestern Estremadure province, dressed in patchwork sheep, cow, rabbit and goatskins under painted masks. Arriving eventually at the village church, a procession takes place with the statue of the patron saint. Until recently, Spain's neighbors, the Berbers of Morocco, preserved a version of the same ritual in their animal-hided winter "goblin," Bou Inania.  © Pedro ARMESTRE