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After a parade, the procession  returns to the Church, collects and moves townspeople en masse to the Souto amphitheater, where the tournament takes place between the forces of good and evil (or virtue and sin). St. George, representing the good and the ugly figure of a dragon known as Coca, representing evil, take positions. Four to six warriors push the dragon, built in canvas on a wooden frame with wheels disguised under the legs painted like sharp claws, outward. The animal is painted green and has a movable head with an open jaw. The public takes sides. The story goes that, if St. George wins, there will be a good agricultural year. For more information visit  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1RP8IngnEU.

 

Corpo de Deus

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