January 21, 2013 – 05:57 PM

Picture This: Spanish Scapegoat

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People in Piornal, Spain throw turnips at the "Jarramplas" as part of the centuries-old Jarramplas festival, which takes place from January 19 to 20 on Saint Sebastian Day. The exact origins of the festival are not known, but various theories exist, including the mythological punishment of Caco by Hercules. It is generally believed to symbolize the expulsion of everything bad.

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