Las Hurdes

Newly wedded men gather.
Each must take up the head of a rooster.
A rope extends across the street.
On it hangs a rooster tied by the legs.
The men gallop by and try to catch a head.
After parading in triumph with the heads...
...the grooms offer everyone wine.
It's a time for enjoyment.
In the crowd, a baby adorned with silver medals.
They are like amulets from Africa or Oceania.
By 7 pm...
...almost everyone is drunk.
3 kilometers away, from a hill top...
...we look down on the 52 villages of Las Hurdes.
They have a total population of ten thousand.
Down steep slopes to the valley of the Batuecas...
...inhabited by a solitary monk and his maid.