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Paso del Fuego and Móndidas (San Pedro Manrique)

Local festivities declared National Tourist Interest.

 

The night June 23rd, the chapel Virgen de la Peña is the setting for an ancient ritual that breathes adrenaline. Thousands of kilos of oak firewood, carefully placed as a “carpet” of ember, illuminate the courtyard. Before the clock strikes twelve, locals gather around the heat of this red carpet to attend this ancestral celebration. For centuries, the people of San Pedro Manrique cross this carpet of embers facing west in this initiation ritual to achieve immortality through the purifying fire. For Sorians, El Paso del Fuego is one of the most exhilarating moments of the year.

 

Sampedranos, as they are known throughout the province, cross the burning embers at midnight, either alone or carrying someone else on their backs. It is said that only true locals can carry out this extreme task, called pirobacia, that has always aroused the curiosity of passers-by, scientists and parapsychologists. Some say that the secret lies in stepping firmly to get rid of the oxygen and avoid combustion. Some hold their breath going from concentration to a total state of ecstasy where faith, sweat, wine and a blister or two combine to achieve immortality.

 

The crossers, especially the confidence of the most expert ones, the famous Chichorrillas leading the game, send chills down your spine when you see them passing and when they finish and end up in a great hug with their loved ones. This ritual starts off with Las Móndidas, three young women from San Pedro Manrique that are chosen in a raffle among other single women. They are the protagonists of the events that take place the following day and they wear a white dress with an interesting basket on their heads that carry flowers, bread and long sticks of flour and saffron (arbujuelo). They are the living reminder of the Tribute of the 100 Virgins which was abolished after the Muslim defeat. It is also said that they are the incarnation of ancient Celtiberian priestesses. Many are the hypotheses on this ancient festival that takes place in Tierras Altas.

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Preparing the Ember Carpet
Preparing the Ember Carpet
Paso del Fuego
Paso del Fuego
La descubierta
La descubierta
Moódidas
Móndidas

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