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'Moss men' join Corpus Christi procession in Spain

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'Hombres de Musgo' or 'Moss Men' take part in the Corpus Christi procession on June 2, 2013 in Bejar, Salamanca province, Spain.

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A detail of the hand of a 'Hombre de Musgo' in Bejar on June 2, 2013.

Men in camouflage suits made of moss took part in a Corpus Christi procession in the Spanish town of Bejar on Sunday.

The tradition, which dates back to 1397, originates from a legend involving Christians reconquering the town by entering under cover of darkness covered in moss to hide themselves from Muslim guards. 

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People make a 'cachiporra' (a traditional whip made of grass) during Corpus Christi celebrations in Zahara de la Sierra, southern Spain, on June 2, 2013.

Elsewhere in southern Spain, residents of the village of Zahara de la Sierra celebrated the feast by covering the streets and facades of houses with the branches of trees and grass.

During Corpus Christi, the Catholic community celebrates the transformation of the body and blood of Christ into the bread and wine that the faithful receive at Communion.

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Worshipers pray next to a house decorated with flowers and branches during the Corpus Christi procession in Zahara de la Sierra on June 2, 2013.

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People scatter rose petals during the procession of Corpus Christi in Pamplona, northern Spain, on June 2, 2013.

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A deacon wafts incense smoke during the procession of Corpus Christi in Pamplona on June 2, 2013.

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Children wearing first communion dresses wait inside a church after taking part in a procession in Zahara de la Sierra on June 2, 2013.

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Residents pour water over participants in the traditional Corpus Christi procession in Valencia on June 2, 2013.

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A woman cleans the floor of her house decorated with flowers and branches as she waits for a Corpus Christi procession in Zahara de la Sierra on June 2, 2013.

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'Hombres de Musgo' take part in the Corpus Christi procession in Bejar on June 2, 2013.

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