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Rapa Das Bestas: Man-horse wrestling



The Festival:
In Sabucedo, a very small town of Pontevedra in Galizian Country where men and recently women realices the traditional “Rapa das Bestas”.
“A Rapa das Bestas” consist in go where the wild horses are into the mountains that sorrounds the town and made they to come back to the town. When the horses are in place, the participants take them into “El Curro”, a stone anfitheatre where the locals cut they hair and clean them from bugs and parasites, also some of horses are marked and registered. “La Besta” is the original wild horse of the mountains of Sabucedo for decades, beeing documentated in a lot of ancient documents as the horses who rided the celtics who lived in this area thousand of years ago.






The History:
In old days horse’s hair was used to make ropes and strings, now is apresent for some of the assistants. During those days Sabucedo have a 4 days party, with typical food and music, concerts and a lot of fun!
When “A Rapa” finished the horses are setting free with the other horses into the mountain waiting maybe for the next year.

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7 comments:

Movieworld Edinburgh's Blog said...

This is insane. I dont think i would be joining in with this. Bring on the tomato fight!!

carol said...

I love and respect horses, they are majestical creatures and found this difficult to watch. However I do alos admire the sense of tradition but would find it hard to balance my thoughts on this one. I much prefer that festivals listed that have the emphasis on FUN!

divrsfrce said...

I "love and respect" horses as well. I have two of my own. I attended this event last year and found it to be pretty humane...Mares who were in foal and obviously due to give birth any time were separated from the heard and sent back into the hills instead of coming down the mountain with the heard. The young foals were separated from their mothers in the ring and held separately until the "Rapa" was finished for the day and then they were reunited. No horses were hurt/beaten, etc only wrestled to allow the shearing of the mane to claim the horse. Those who had "claimed" the horses the previous year had branded/marked them and have the opportunity to check on their status every year when they're brought into the village. At the end of the 3 day festivities and shearings the horses are released to return to the mountains to roam freely. I highly recommend this event for those who do love horses. I promise you that it's a life experience.

Anonymous said...

This is rediculous! and SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED!! how anyone could do something so mean, even if it is just the cutting of manes and tails, you cant say that by this picture the poor horsies arnt getting hurt >> :( http://www.typicallyspanish.com/spain/uploads/3/Rapa_das_bestas._Galiza.jpg

Anonymous said...

Divrsfrce, perhaps you should attend the festival as a horse and see for yourself how it feels like to be mounted by some idiots and then branded with hot stamp! Your words of ''love and respect'' horses don't mean anything to me. It's very easy to say a love you and not to feel a thing!!! You cold bitch!
Galizians are known to be the least intelligent of all European races! They are located in the ''ass'' of Europe right at the rectum sewage valve of the great Continent.

Anonymous said...

Oh right then it must be ok if it's tradition. Let's continue with all these cruel traditions...what about other continuing traditions such as female genital mutilation. Those who condone that think there's no harm in that either.

Anonymous said...

those horses enjoy this!!! its a sense of euphorea that they only get once a year. those of you animal activists dening them that right are cruel and heartless.LEAVE THEM ALONE

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Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Rapa Das Bestas: Man-horse wrestling



The Festival:
In Sabucedo, a very small town of Pontevedra in Galizian Country where men and recently women realices the traditional “Rapa das Bestas”.
“A Rapa das Bestas” consist in go where the wild horses are into the mountains that sorrounds the town and made they to come back to the town. When the horses are in place, the participants take them into “El Curro”, a stone anfitheatre where the locals cut they hair and clean them from bugs and parasites, also some of horses are marked and registered. “La Besta” is the original wild horse of the mountains of Sabucedo for decades, beeing documentated in a lot of ancient documents as the horses who rided the celtics who lived in this area thousand of years ago.






The History:
In old days horse’s hair was used to make ropes and strings, now is apresent for some of the assistants. During those days Sabucedo have a 4 days party, with typical food and music, concerts and a lot of fun!
When “A Rapa” finished the horses are setting free with the other horses into the mountain waiting maybe for the next year.

Video:





7 comments:

Movieworld Edinburgh's Blog said...

This is insane. I dont think i would be joining in with this. Bring on the tomato fight!!

carol said...

I love and respect horses, they are majestical creatures and found this difficult to watch. However I do alos admire the sense of tradition but would find it hard to balance my thoughts on this one. I much prefer that festivals listed that have the emphasis on FUN!

divrsfrce said...

I "love and respect" horses as well. I have two of my own. I attended this event last year and found it to be pretty humane...Mares who were in foal and obviously due to give birth any time were separated from the heard and sent back into the hills instead of coming down the mountain with the heard. The young foals were separated from their mothers in the ring and held separately until the "Rapa" was finished for the day and then they were reunited. No horses were hurt/beaten, etc only wrestled to allow the shearing of the mane to claim the horse. Those who had "claimed" the horses the previous year had branded/marked them and have the opportunity to check on their status every year when they're brought into the village. At the end of the 3 day festivities and shearings the horses are released to return to the mountains to roam freely. I highly recommend this event for those who do love horses. I promise you that it's a life experience.

Anonymous said...

This is rediculous! and SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED!! how anyone could do something so mean, even if it is just the cutting of manes and tails, you cant say that by this picture the poor horsies arnt getting hurt >> :( http://www.typicallyspanish.com/spain/uploads/3/Rapa_das_bestas._Galiza.jpg

Anonymous said...

Divrsfrce, perhaps you should attend the festival as a horse and see for yourself how it feels like to be mounted by some idiots and then branded with hot stamp! Your words of ''love and respect'' horses don't mean anything to me. It's very easy to say a love you and not to feel a thing!!! You cold bitch!
Galizians are known to be the least intelligent of all European races! They are located in the ''ass'' of Europe right at the rectum sewage valve of the great Continent.

Anonymous said...

Oh right then it must be ok if it's tradition. Let's continue with all these cruel traditions...what about other continuing traditions such as female genital mutilation. Those who condone that think there's no harm in that either.

Anonymous said...

those horses enjoy this!!! its a sense of euphorea that they only get once a year. those of you animal activists dening them that right are cruel and heartless.LEAVE THEM ALONE

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