Is this Animal Torture or a Noble Tradition?

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A crazy (great?) festival in Spain that involves, instead of bulls, horses that are purified in fire.

San Bartolomé de Pinares is a village of 600 inhabitants in the Ávila province of Spain, about 100 kms to the west of Madrid. The locals have held the feast called Luminarias for 200 years to commemorate the time when all the horses in the village died in a pandemic.

During the feast around 20 bonfires are lit on the streets of the village and over 100 riders jump through them with their horses so as to have the smoke purify them and chase away evil ghosts. Crazy (or great?), isn’t it?

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