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The Uncanny Valley - 30 Jan 2014
Carnival celebrations in the northern Spanish village of Zubieta can be a bit off-putting - but that's part of the point.
During the festivities, bell-carrying performers known as Joaldunak from Zubieta and neighbouring Ituren visit each other's villages and perform a ritual dance to awaken the coming spring and ward off evil spirits. Alongside the dancers, villagers also dress in bizarre and frightening costumes to harass and scare visitors.
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January 28, 2014
A participant pushes a lit stove during carnival celebrations in Zubieta January 28, 2014. Bell carrying...
Zubieta, Spain
A participant pushes a lit stove during carnival celebrations in Zubieta
A participant pushes a lit stove during carnival celebrations in Zubieta January 28, 2014. Bell carrying dancers known as Joaldunak from Zubieta and neighbouring Ituren visit each other's villages performing a ritual dance to ward off evil spirits and awaken the coming spring. Alongside the dancers, villagers dress in bizarre and frightening costumes to harass and scare visitors. REUTERS/Vincent West (SPAIN - Tags: TRAVEL SOCIETY)
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A man, wearing a mask and rubber gloves, takes part in carnival celebrations in Zubieta January 28, 2014....
Zubieta, Spain
A man, wearing a mask and rubber gloves, takes part in carnival celebrations in Zubieta
A man, wearing a mask and rubber gloves, takes part in carnival celebrations in Zubieta January 28, 2014. Bell carrying dancers known as Joaldunak from Zubieta and neighbouring Ituren visit each other's villages performing a ritual dance to ward off evil spirits and awaken the coming spring. Alongside the dancers, villagers dress in bizarre and frightening costumes to harass and scare visitors. REUTERS/Vincent West (SPAIN - Tags: SOCIETY TRAVEL)
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A man wearing a costume carries sheep shears during carnival celebrations in Zubieta January 28, 2014....
Zubieta, Spain
A man wearing a costume carries sheep shears during carnival celebrations in Zubieta
A man wearing a costume carries sheep shears during carnival celebrations in Zubieta January 28, 2014. Bell carrying dancers known as Joaldunak from Zubieta and neighbouring Ituren visit each other's villages performing a ritual dance to ward off evil spirits and awaken the coming spring. Alongside the dancers, villagers dress in bizarre and frightening costumes to harass and scare visitors. REUTERS/Vincent West (SPAIN - Tags: TRAVEL SOCIETY)
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A man wears a costume made of grass during carnival celebrations in Zubieta January 28, 2014. Bell carrying...
Zubieta, Spain
A man wears a costume made of grass during carnival celebrations in Zubieta
A man wears a costume made of grass during carnival celebrations in Zubieta January 28, 2014. Bell carrying dancers known as Joaldunak from Zubieta and neighbouring Ituren visit each other's villages performing a ritual dance to ward off evil spirits and awaken the coming spring. Alongside the dancers, villagers dress in bizarre and frightening costumes to harass and scare visitors. REUTERS/Vincent West (SPAIN - Tags: TRAVEL SOCIETY)
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January 28, 2014
A masked boy throws sawdust at visitors during carnival celebrations in Zubieta January 28, 2014. Bell...
Zubieta, Spain
A masked boy throws sawdust at visitors during carnival celebrations in Zubieta
A masked boy throws sawdust at visitors during carnival celebrations in Zubieta January 28, 2014. Bell carrying dancers known as Joaldunak from Zubieta and neighbouring Ituren visit each other's villages performing a ritual dance to ward off evil spirits and awaken the coming spring. Alongside the dancers, villagers dress in bizarre and frightening costumes to harass and scare visitors. REUTERS/Vincent West (SPAIN - Tags: TRAVEL SOCIETY)
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Villagers wearing masks of Spain's Infanta Cristina (C) and her husband, Spain's Duke of Palma Inaki...
Zubieta, Spain
Villagers wearing masks of Spain's Infanta Cristina and her husband Spain's Duke of Palma Inaki Urdangarin...
Villagers wearing masks of Spain's Infanta Cristina (C) and her husband, Spain's Duke of Palma Inaki Urdangarin, take part in carnival celebrations in Zubieta January 28, 2014. Bell carrying dancers known as Joaldunak from Zubieta and neighbouring Ituren visit each other's villages performing a ritual dance to ward off evil spirits and awaken the coming spring. Alongside the dancers, villagers dress in bizarre and frightening costumes to harass and scare visitors. REUTERS/Vincent West (SPAIN - Tags: SOCIETY TRAVEL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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Masked men lead a donkey through the streets during carnival celebrations in Zubieta January 28, 2014....
Zubieta, Spain
Masked men lead a donkey through the streets during carnival celebrations in Zubieta
Masked men lead a donkey through the streets during carnival celebrations in Zubieta January 28, 2014. Bell carrying dancers known as Joaldunak from Zubieta and neighbouring Ituren visit each other's villages performing a ritual dance to ward off evil spirits and awaken the coming spring. Alongside the dancers, villagers dress in bizarre and frightening costumes to harass and scare visitors. REUTERS/Vincent West (SPAIN - Tags: TRAVEL SOCIETY)
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A masked boy is spoken to as he takes part in carnival celebrations in Zubieta January 28, 2014. Bell...
Zubieta, Spain
A masked boy is spoken to as he takes part in carnival celebrations in Zubieta
A masked boy is spoken to as he takes part in carnival celebrations in Zubieta January 28, 2014. Bell carrying dancers known as Joaldunak from Zubieta and neighbouring Ituren visit each other's villages performing a ritual dance to ward off evil spirits and awaken the coming spring. Alongside the dancers, villagers dress in bizarre and frightening costumes to harass and scare visitors. REUTERS/Vincent West (SPAIN - Tags: TRAVEL SOCIETY)
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January 28, 2014
A villager points a gun at a man wearing a mask of Spain's King Juan Carlos during carnival celebrations...
Zubieta, Spain
A villager points a gun at a man wearing a mask of Spain's King Juan Carlos during carnival celebrations...
A villager points a gun at a man wearing a mask of Spain's King Juan Carlos during carnival celebrations in Zubieta January 28, 2014. Bell carrying dancers known as Joaldunak from Zubieta and neighbouring Ituren visit each other's villages performing a ritual dance to ward off evil spirits and awaken the coming spring. Alongside the dancers, villagers dress in bizarre and frightening costumes to harass and scare visitors. REUTERS/Vincent West (SPAIN - Tags: TRAVEL SOCIETY)
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A masked man wears a frame carrying cowbells during carnival celebrations in Zubieta January 28, 2014....
Zubieta, Spain
A masked man wears a frame carrying cowbells during carnival celebrations in Zubieta
A masked man wears a frame carrying cowbells during carnival celebrations in Zubieta January 28, 2014. Bell carrying dancers known as Joaldunak from Zubieta and neighbouring Ituren visit each other's villages performing a ritual dance to ward off evil spirits and awaken the coming spring. Alongside the dancers, villagers dress in bizarre and frightening costumes to harass and scare visitors. REUTERS/Vincent West (SPAIN - Tags: TRAVEL SOCIETY)
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Young Joaldunak perform a ritual dance during carnival celebrations in Zubieta January 28, 2014. Bell...
Zubieta, Spain
Young Joaldunak perform a ritual dance during carnival celebrations in Zubieta
Young Joaldunak perform a ritual dance during carnival celebrations in Zubieta January 28, 2014. Bell carrying dancers known as Joaldunak from Zubieta and neighbouring Ituren visit each other's villages performing a ritual dance to ward off evil spirits and awaken the coming spring. Alongside the dancers, villagers dress in bizarre and frightening costumes to harass and scare visitors. REUTERS/Vincent West (SPAIN - Tags: TRAVEL SOCIETY)
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