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Ball de Diables de Tarragona

Sometimes you see things in life that will stay with you for ever.  Last night it was one of them. The Carnaval ball de Diables in Tarragona is an archaic  tradition which stems from religious and political origins.

It started off with an irreverent bit of poetry recited from the makeshift stage erected in the square in which the speaker laid bare the misdemeanour’s of the rulers to the sarcastic laughs and hisses of the crowd.

Next, the symbolic effigies of king and queen were carried to a pyre and set ablaze  –  this signalled the beginning of a stunning apocalypse made of devastating light and the beat of drums cutting though dense smoke.

It felt like the world of nightmares opening beneath your feet, sparks of light flying everywhere and charring the ground and horned ghosts dancing and shouting almost in trance as the king and queen smouldered to ashes…

I am going to do a bit of research on this event and if anyone has any information on the origin of it please leave a comment on the bottom of this page.

Photos are below (click for large and then flick through them)

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