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Photo and copyright Leo Erken/NL12
Spain, village of Guadix. 9 8 1999.
Some people prefer black. Others fancy green, yellow or brown paint and decorate themselves with it all over. Five hundred years ago a disagreement between two priests ended in the popular festival El Cascamorras. It takes place yearly in the Southern Spanish village of Guadix. “Be careful, at seven o’clock everybody goes mad.” The Cascamorras has to meet the following conditions: he must be in his early twenties and a good actor. The performance of last year’s Cascamorras was not a great success, according to experts. The man was not able to play to the crowd.This year, after careful consideration, Heriverto Amescua was chosen.
With this picture there is a text by Marie Louise Schipper.