A Rapa Das Bestas
Throughout the year, residents of small towns throughout Galicia, Spain go to the mountains and gather wild horses for the Rapa das Bestas. These centuries-old events – where horses’ manes and tales are trimmed – evolved from a tradition of caring for the animals and keeping them cool in the summer. Legend has it that all the wild horses are descended from two that were released as a gift of thanks to Saint Lorenzo in the sixteenth century. Now, hundreds of villagers and visitors alike come to annual Rapa celebrations throughout the summer. This story was part of an international multimedia project in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, completed in 2005 called, The Ancient Way.
Long ago, the hair cut from the horses was sold to make wigs and violin bows, among other things. Today the hair has no practical use, but continues to represent a long tradition of which the people are still very proud.