Jarramplas festival, Piornal, Cáceres 2015

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A woman observe of the statue of Saint Sebastian during the Jarramplas Festival inside the church on January 20, 2015 in Piornal, Spain. The centuries old Jarramplas festival takes place annually every January 19-20 on Saint Sebastian Day. Even though the exact origins of the festival are not known, various theories exist including the mythological punishment of Caco by Hercules, a relation to ceremonies celebrated by the American Indians that were seen by the first conquerors, to a cattle thief ridiculed and expelled by his village neighbours. It is generally believed to symbolize the expulsion of everything bad. This year the people who represented Jarramplas were Angel Cerro Fernandez on 19 January and Carlos Calle Rodríguez 47 and Raúl Beites Sánchez 34 on 20 January. (c) Pedro ARMESTRE