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Friday Feature Photo: The Witches Brew of Spain

Conxuro da Queimada

PhotographerDani Vázquez

Capture Date: July 5, 2013

Location: Galicia, Spain

AboutThe Queimada is a traditional ritual, practiced by the people of Galicia, located in the upper northwest corner of Spain, propped comfortably over Portugal, to cast out demons and bad spirits through an incantation and a witches brew made of Orujo. The origins of the ritual are still unknown, though competing theories predict that it was either a remnant of the Celtic tribes that settled in Spain in the 11th century who worshiped polytheism or developed in the 1950s when Tito Freire designated the clay pot in which the Queimada is prepared. 

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