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Spanish woman climbs into coffin to keep a promise

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Emilia covers her face from the sun with a fan while she is carried in a coffin during a procession through the village of Santa Marta de Ribarteme, Spain, on July 29, 2012. Emilia climbed into the coffin to keep a promise made to her 76-year-old father, Jose Manuel, after he survived a difficult medical procedure.

Every year one of the most curious pilgrimages in Spain is held in the small village of Santa Marta de Ribarteme in Las Nieves municipality, Getty Images reports.

Starting after a mass at the village's parish church, believers grateful for the miracle of being saved from death go on a pilgrimage in a procession of coffins. Carried by friends and relatives singing 'Virgin Santa Marta, star of the North, we bring you those who saw death', the pilgrims process to the cemetery and back to the church, ending at a statue of Saint Marta de Ribarteme, the patron saint of resurrection.

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A believer waits to receive a devotional that has touched the statue of Saint Marta de Ribarteme during a mass given by father Don Alfonso.

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Emilia is helped out of the coffin at the end of the procession.

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Emilia is embraced by her father Jose Manuel after she took part in the procession to keep a promise she had made in aid of his recovery.

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