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AP PHOTOS: Spain celebrates twin festivals of the devils

AP PHOTOS: Bell-clanging devils take part in Spanish town's ancient religious celebration

In this Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 picture members of the Endiablada brotherhood line up during the 'Endiablada' traditional festival in Almonacid Del Marqu...
In this Feb. 2, 2015 picture a member of the Endiablada brotherhood prays for the deceased fellow believers and relatives during the 'Endiablada' trad...
In this Feb. 2, 2015 picture, members of the Endiablada brotherhood pray for the deceased fellow believers and relatives during the 'Endiablada' tradi...
In this Feb. 2, 2015 picture, a member of the Endiablada brotherhood walks trough the cemetery after paying respect to their deceased fellow believers...
Members of the Endiablada brotherhood leave the church during the 'Endiablada' traditional festival in Almonacid Del Marquesado, Spain, Tuesday, Feb. ...
Members of the Endiablada brotherhood dance inside the church during the 'Endiablada' traditional festival in Almonacid Del Marquesado, Spain, Tuesday...
Members of the Endiablada brotherhood cast their shadows as they dance during the 'Endiablada' traditional festival in Almonacid Del Marquesado, Spain...
A woman looks from her home as members of the Endiablada brotherhood march past during the 'Endiablada' traditional festival in Almonacid Del Marquesa...
A woman looks as members of the Endiablada brotherhood march during the 'Endiablada' traditional festival in Almonacid Del Marquesado, Spain, Tuesday,...
Members of the Endiablada brotherhood march during the 'Endiablada' traditional festival in Almonacid Del Marquesado, Spain, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. Th...
Aniceto Rodrigo, 78, Diablo Mayor or 'greater devil', center, leads the 'Endiablada' traditional festival  in Almonacid Del Marquesado, Spain, Tuesday...
Members of the Endiablada brotherhood joke during the 'Endiablada' traditional festival in Almonacid Del Marquesado, Spain, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. The...
Aniceto Rodrigo, 78, Diablo Mayor or 'greater devil', checks the weather as he leaves his home before walking around the village during the 'Endiablad...
Aniceto Rodrigo, 78, Diablo Mayor or 'greater devil', poses for pictures inside his home before walking around the village during the 'Endiablada' tra...

Spain Endiablada Photo Gallery

In this Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 picture members of the Endiablada brotherhood line up during the 'Endiablada' traditional festival in Almonacid Del Marqu...

Spain Endiablada Photo Gallery

In this Feb. 2, 2015 picture a member of the Endiablada brotherhood prays for the deceased fellow believers and relatives during the 'Endiablada' trad...

Spain Endiablada Photo Gallery

In this Feb. 2, 2015 picture, members of the Endiablada brotherhood pray for the deceased fellow believers and relatives during the 'Endiablada' tradi...

Spain Endiablada Photo Gallery

In this Feb. 2, 2015 picture, a member of the Endiablada brotherhood walks trough the cemetery after paying respect to their deceased fellow believers...

Spain Endiablada Photo Gallery

Members of the Endiablada brotherhood leave the church during the 'Endiablada' traditional festival in Almonacid Del Marquesado, Spain, Tuesday, Feb. ...

Spain Endiablada Photo Gallery

Members of the Endiablada brotherhood dance inside the church during the 'Endiablada' traditional festival in Almonacid Del Marquesado, Spain, Tuesday...

Spain Endiablada Photo Gallery

Members of the Endiablada brotherhood cast their shadows as they dance during the 'Endiablada' traditional festival in Almonacid Del Marquesado, Spain...

Spain Endiablada Photo Gallery

A woman looks from her home as members of the Endiablada brotherhood march past during the 'Endiablada' traditional festival in Almonacid Del Marquesa...

Spain Endiablada Photo Gallery

A woman looks as members of the Endiablada brotherhood march during the 'Endiablada' traditional festival in Almonacid Del Marquesado, Spain, Tuesday,...

Spain Endiablada Photo Gallery

Members of the Endiablada brotherhood march during the 'Endiablada' traditional festival in Almonacid Del Marquesado, Spain, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. Th...

Spain Endiablada Photo Gallery

Aniceto Rodrigo, 78, Diablo Mayor or 'greater devil', center, leads the 'Endiablada' traditional festival in Almonacid Del Marquesado, Spain, Tuesday...

Spain Endiablada Photo Gallery

Members of the Endiablada brotherhood joke during the 'Endiablada' traditional festival in Almonacid Del Marquesado, Spain, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. The...

Spain Endiablada Photo Gallery

Aniceto Rodrigo, 78, Diablo Mayor or 'greater devil', checks the weather as he leaves his home before walking around the village during the 'Endiablad...

Spain Endiablada Photo Gallery

Aniceto Rodrigo, 78, Diablo Mayor or 'greater devil', poses for pictures inside his home before walking around the village during the 'Endiablada' tra...

ALMONACID DEL MARQUESADO, Spain (AP) -- If you live in the central Spanish town of Almonacid del Marquesado, the devil you see may be the devil you know.

The town has celebrated the "Endiablada" (Brotherhood of the Devils) festivals each Feb. 2-3 since at least since medieval times.

In it, men from the town dress up as devil-type characters in colorful jumpsuits and red miter hats. Donning large, heavy copper cowbells around their waists, which clang incessantly, they walk, dance and jump through the town's winding streets and visit the cemetery.

The two holidays are celebrated in similar fashion although their origins are different.

The Feb. 2 procession, the "Candelaria," represents the Virgin Mary presenting the baby Jesus to authorities in the temple 40 days after Christmas. The protocol is believed to have caused her some embarrassment and the accompanying bell-clanging characters are thought to be a way of diverting the public's attention.

The Feb. 3 procession commemorates the day of Saint Blas. According to a local legend, town shepherds found a statue of the saint and then won a competition with a nearby town to keep the effigy, ringing the bells of their animals in celebration.

Here's a gallery of images from this year's festivals.


Updated : 2021-09-19 04:14 GMT+08:00