Remember that time we visited the Valle del Jerte and saw the cherry blossoms? I bet you do. And do you remember that Piornal was quite a little village, with a strange wolf fountain? Well, while we were there, we discovered that it also hosts a very strange and unique tradition, the Jarramplas.

Jarramplas is the name of a creature known and celebrated only in the village of Piornal. A mythological figure that represents a livestock thief, Jarramplas walks down the main street of Piornal on the 20th of January (it’s cold then, mind you – I’ve seen photos of the event in which everything’s covered in snow) and is basically stoned by the villagers with turnips.


It’s an honour to be chosen to represent the Jarramplas, and the longer you resist the turnip stoning while playing your drum, the more valiance you achieve. In recent years, the person that dresses as Jarramplas is required to wear a protective fiberglass armour under the costume, which, along with this photo, goes to show how violent the event can become.

Next year we are definitely going to see this!



About Full Of Daisies

I am permanently in love. Things I like: purple, pasta, silk, autumn, the smell of mould, candles, cachi, having friends, water, new things, rice, eggs (all eggs!), fresh grass, olive trees, shiny things, glitter, hanging objects, windcatchers, wind, couscous, wasabi, carnivores, presents, snow, leaves, orchids, feathers, cappelletti, meat, fruit (all fruit), more del gelso (Morus alba L.), pigs, candles, christmas, polenta fritta!, separating egg whites from yokes in my hands, cartoons, dragons, the ocean, nudibranchi, cows, mercury (the metal), cosmos (the flowers), thunderstorms, Mika, turtles, acquariums, green and blue (mixed), siccamores, spring, snails, 24, porc with a sweet sauce (apple, cranberry, tomatoes jam), looking at a swimming pool upsidedown and underwater, english accent, open-minded people, driving, blue skies, checkered tablecloths, butterflies, books and cartoons in rhyme, painting eggs, the star-shadows that football players have, silver, laughing, Vivaldi, bells and chimes, white and purple, creating. Complete Happiness: Early morning. Sun, with a breeze; a pond with water lilies. A house, with a garden, full of plants. A vegetable patch, lemon, orange and mandarin trees. Cosmos everywhere. Birds in the trees; a tortoise eating the salad from the vegetable patch; a mammal (I couldn’t decide which one would make me happier) close by. No houses for as far as the eye can see. Me, a man that loves me and that I love. Friends coming over for a lunch that I have to prepare, and have all the ingredients for all ready in the kitchen.

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