When the carnival arrives to the small Basque town of Altsasu, horned beasts covered in blood - called Momotxorros - descend upon the streets. Escorted by an assortment of gruesome creatures, the Momotxorros use their wooden forks and cowbells to scare away the freezing winter days and invite the spring to come.


The ancient celebration is meant to wake up Mother Nature after her long winter slumber and by doing so, bring fertility to both the land and its dwellers. Just as other minority traditions in Spain, the Momotxorros were also ruthlessly suppressed under Franco's dictatorship. Revived from the town's elders' memories, the centuries old pagan custom is slowly regaining its former popularity.

Spain 2018

The momotxorro outfit is made of sheep skin, cow horns, horse tail, a sheet soaked in pig blood and wood - it can weight up to 10 kilos. info
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