Don’t Basque, don’t tell…
Blog Guy, in the past you’ve criticized Spain for things like bullfighting, the running of the bulls in Pamplona, and that thing where they ride horses through fire. Don’t they have any normal traditions?
Sure. Just a couple of days ago we covered carnival celebrations up in the Basque region, and I’ve been looking at our photos of that.
It appears this is a festival involving the local men, who seem to have very hairy backs.
That sounds a little strange. Are all the guys covered in hair over there?
No, you can see this one dude on the right is covered in animal entrails, instead.
Ewwwwwwww! But that’s as weird as this festival gets?
Yeah, unless you count Rudy, the badly-dressed, ill-tempered, chainsaw-wielding leopard man, who makes an appearance.
Animal entrails? Leopards with chainsaws? Hairy backs? I’ve had acid trips that weren’t this strange. Does Rudy hurt anybody?
I don’t think so. Looks like a van full of the hairy-back local guys arrives just in time.
Okay, so this is yet another bizarre one. But are any animals harmed?
Well, it is Spain. The closing ceremonies may involve torturing panda cubs, but that’s just a guess.
Top: A man wearing a mask carries a chainsaw during carnival celebrations in Zubieta, Spain, February 1, 2011. Locals from the northern Navarran village and neighbouring Ituren, dressed up in bizarre and terrifying costumes, create mayhem and noise to symbolize awakening the earth for the oncoming spring. REUTERS/Vincent West
Right: A man wearing a mask and covered in animal entrails lies on a tree on the ground during carnival celebrations in Zubieta. REUTERS/Vincent West
Left: “Joaldunak” (Carriers of bells) fill up a van on their way to Zubieta. REUTERS/Susana Vera