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Cascamorras Festival

A reveller puts grease on his body as he takes part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. The festival was inspired by a dispute between the town of Baza and Guadix over the possession of an icon of the Virgin of Piedad. The Cascamorras refers to representatives from Guadix, who were sent to Baza to recover the statue. As the Cascamorras had to stay perfectly clean to gain possession of the statue, Baza residents attempt to make them as 'dirty' as possible. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

A reveller puts grease on his body as he takes part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. The festival was inspired by a dispute between the town of Baza and Guadix over the possession of an icon of the Virgin of Piedad. The...more

A reveller puts grease on his body as he takes part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. The festival was inspired by a dispute between the town of Baza and Guadix over the possession of an icon of the Virgin of Piedad. The Cascamorras refers to representatives from Guadix, who were sent to Baza to recover the statue. As the Cascamorras had to stay perfectly clean to gain possession of the statue, Baza residents attempt to make them as 'dirty' as possible. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
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Revellers covered in grease take part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Revellers covered in grease take part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Revellers covered in grease take part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
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Revellers covered in grease take part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Revellers covered in grease take part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Revellers covered in grease take part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
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Revellers covered in grease take part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Revellers covered in grease take part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Revellers covered in grease take part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
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A reveller covered in grease looks on as she takes part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

A reveller covered in grease looks on as she takes part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

A reveller covered in grease looks on as she takes part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
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The handprints of revellers covered in grease are pictured on a wall during the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

The handprints of revellers covered in grease are pictured on a wall during the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

The handprints of revellers covered in grease are pictured on a wall during the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
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Revellers covered in grease take part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Revellers covered in grease take part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Revellers covered in grease take part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
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Revellers covered in grease take part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Revellers covered in grease take part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Revellers covered in grease take part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
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Revellers covered in grease stand in a fountain as they take part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Revellers covered in grease stand in a fountain as they take part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Revellers covered in grease stand in a fountain as they take part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
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A man sits on a roof as he takes pictures of revellers covered in grease taking part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

A man sits on a roof as he takes pictures of revellers covered in grease taking part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

A man sits on a roof as he takes pictures of revellers covered in grease taking part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
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Revellers covered in grease take part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Revellers covered in grease take part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Revellers covered in grease take part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
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Revellers put grease on their bodies as they take part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Revellers put grease on their bodies as they take part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Revellers put grease on their bodies as they take part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
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A reveller puts grease on his body inside of a canister as he takes part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

A reveller puts grease on his body inside of a canister as he takes part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

A reveller puts grease on his body inside of a canister as he takes part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
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Revellers put grease on their bodies as they take part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Revellers put grease on their bodies as they take part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Revellers put grease on their bodies as they take part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
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A reveller covered in grease embraces a girl as they take part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

A reveller covered in grease embraces a girl as they take part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

A reveller covered in grease embraces a girl as they take part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
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Revellers covered in grease take part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Revellers covered in grease take part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Revellers covered in grease take part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
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Revellers covered in grease take part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Revellers covered in grease take part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Revellers covered in grease take part in the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
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