Stilt dance honors its patron saint day in Anguiano, Spain

13:25, July 23, 2011      

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Stilt dancers prepare to perform on the occasion of the Danza de los Zancos (Lit. Stilt Dancing) festivity as part of a religious ritual to honor its patron saint day, Mary Magdalene, in Anguiano, La Rioja, northern Spain, July 22, 2011. Each year, eight dancers from Anguiano throw themselves spinning at a paved steep hill on stilts measuring some 50 centimeters. The Danza de los Zancos is performed in Anguiano to celebrate their patron Mary Magdelane and is thought to date from the early 17th century when villagers used stilts to navigate in nearby marshy terrain. The tradition dates from 1603. (Xinhua/Chen Haitong)


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