BuzzFeed News

Reporting To You

world

Spaniards Are Throwing Turnips At A Beast-Like Figure Because Tradition, That's Why

Turnip up.

Posted on January 20, 2016, at 2:49 p.m. ET

For as long as he can withstand the punishment, the beast-like "Jarramplas" figure is roaming the streets of the small Spanish town of Piornal while hundreds of residents pelt him with turnips.

Revellers throw turnips at the Jarramplas as he makes his way through the streets.
Sergio Perez / Reuters

Revellers throw turnips at the Jarramplas as he makes his way through the streets.

It's part of an annual festival in which a man dresses up in a brightly ribboned protective costume to take the beating before the town erupts in a festival of music and food.

Sergio Perez / Reuters
Reuters

At this year's event on Tuesday and Wednesday, the volunteer was 34-year-old Raul Beites — and he sure took a lot of turnip hits.

Sergio Perez / Reuters

There are several theories about how the Jarramplas festival started. Some say it's an ode to the Roman myth in which Hercules kills the fire-breathing giant, Caco, for terrorizing local villagers.

Sergio Perez / Reuters

Other speculate that the annual tradition is related to American Indian ceremonies that were seen by the first conquerors, or perhaps to celebrate the story of a cattle thief who was expelled by villagers.

Sergio Perez / Reuters

Support our journalism

Help BuzzFeed News reporters expose injustices and keep quality news free.

Contribute
ADVERTISEMENT