The dead of Santa Marta

Every year at the end of July, in the parish of Ribarteme, at  the municipality of As Neves (Galicia- Spain), there is an unusual pilgrimage where those who have been close to death are grateful for Santa Marta to have saved them and make a promise. They are placed in a coffin and carried on shoulders of their relatives and friends. This tradition goes back to the Middle Ages and every year thousands of pilgrims come to participate in the pilgrimage.

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