Today in Anguiano, Spain, famous dancers on stilts relieve tourists with its dizzying performances from routine on ulitsy.Even if the weather in Spain at this time, the port still on show in Agngiano gather thousands of tourists. Although in fact it is not a circus in its pure form, it is a pious reverence in honor of Mary Magdalene.
Dancers on stilts – men and boys of the oldest families in Anguiano, and a fascinating and highly original ritual handed down from father to son for centuries. They wear bright shirts and skirts that fall to the ankle and expose wooden legs. Dancers look forward gaze to help them keep balance as they maneuver in the midst of the crowd. Believe it or not, walking on stilts is a part of religious rituals in many parts of the world.
In Ecuador, France, Puerto Rico and Central Africa to find them, a measure of faith.But the scene in Anguiano is definitely one of the most beautiful (and one of the worst).
In Anguiano today, the action begins in the main church, where the dancers take a little icon of Mary Magdalene. Then they “dance” with her down the stairs of the church and down the steep, cobbled streets of the town’s main square. The dancers move in a rigid manner, rotating around its own axis, which requires a lot of skill and courage. One of the key streets through which they travel, is named for them, Cuesta de los-Danzadores.From there they move on down the hill, where they come to a small temple created only for the image of Mary. Anguiano is a small village located in the mountainous region of the state of the Spanish La Rioja , an area known for creating great wines of Rioja.Anguiano streets are narrow and very steep, making it particularly difficult for the dancers. But these human tops rarely go out of control, since they work in almost a trance and they have faith in Mary, that she made the journey safe. Spaniards refer to Mary Magdalene as “a little freer than modesty allows.” But she left her questionable lifestyle behind after the words of Jesus and became one of his most ardent followers. It is a very popular saint in the north of Spain, but as stilt dancing became part of the celebration, we can only guess. It should probably be a long-lost pagan ritual, which has been integrated into Catholicism local priests many centuries ago.
La Rioja, a small town, which, in addition to great wine, known throughout Argentina that are grown here a huge variety of olives. Aborigines claimed that in La Rioja has olives, reaching the size of chicken eggs (!). We have not seen these here, but delicious olives size of a small plum here are sold at every step.
La Rioja – the only place in Aregntine where we were not booked a hotel or hostel, as the internet, we were able to find only the central and luxury hotels This small and not very tourist town.The first taxi driver took us to the hotel called the Savoy, where for 150 pesos (about 40 USD ) per couple per night we passed a double with shower and toilet, and breakfast. Yes, in Argentina breakfasts represent a tea or coffee with biscuits and sweet jam or condensed milk. 150 pesos – a bit more than we were paying in Byres and Salta, but did not want to scour the city, and we stayed at the Savoy. Beating two agencies (and more of them in La Rioja is not), we booked a trip for tomorrow in two places at once: Ichigalasto Reserve, better known as Moon Valley and Canyon Talampayya – actually because of him we lingered in La Rioja for a couple days.
Generally, all cities of South America, including La Rioja, built on the same principle – in the center square, called Plaza Principal. In Argentina, it is usually the area July 9 or the area on May 25. On the square is certainly worth the Cathedral, and next to it, the municipality or the presidential palace, where the capital. In La Rioja charming central square – high picturesque Cathedral adjacent to the statue of another Argentine general. On the square green – orange trees with bright orange fruit and no less bright pink trees lopachcho with whom we met in Salta. A bit of wandering around the city center, we went to rest before tomorrow’s tough day.