Once upon a time two sisters offered to San Lorenzo, patron of the parish, two mares -bestas- of property if defending them of pest contagion (the legend of the origin of this affair is in fact a great plague that devastated the region)
LOCATION: GALICIA, SPAIN
In the period of the threat of plague, the sisters took refuge in a cottage not so far from the church. After the plague fulfilled their promise, giving the mares to the clergyman, who let the horses free in the forest, that in time multiplied by the nearby mountains (...). The oral tradition could be based on any of the pests which no record that occurred since the second half of the sixteenth century. Within the work done in the -curro- are particularly important tasks of internal parasite of animals, improving the sanitary conditions of the horses. South of the township there are located 13 herds of wild horses in the mountains of regional council (as well neighbors speak about a herd of extremely wild horses that hasn't been down the mountain since more than 20 years). The current -curro- of Sabucedo was built in 1996, formerly it was done in a stones square close to the church, with an expansion in 2012 giving it capacity for 1,500 spectators.
The village of San Lorenzo de Sabucedo (Galicia) belongs to the region of Tabeirós -Tierra de Montes-. In 1842 it had a population of 300 people, currently there are no more than 60 residents counted [just ten neighbors in winter]. The -Rapa das Bestas- is the name of the -curro- that every year is celebrated for three days; hundreds horses living wild in the mountains are directed to the town, to crop and mark them (now with microchips). The -aloitadores-, men and women who are in charge of holding the horses to proceed using only their skills and their bodies to perform the work (they show great respect and wonder, so they're taking care of Saint's horses). Since the early eighteenth century there are reports of the festive celebration with the fall of horses from the mountains. Still it is believed that the tradition is much older; could be pre-romanic, because petroglyphs found in the area represents men on horses. The party was declared of International Tourist Interest, only five traditional parties has this award in Galicia.
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