Las Nieves

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Pallbearers bring out the coffins from the church in Las Nieves in Galicia during the Fiesta de Santa Marta de Ribarteme – the ‘corpses’ have had near-death experiences, and want to give thanks to the saint for sparing their lives. photograph: stuart abraham

Up in the bell tower a young man sounds the repique de campanas. The church bells ring. Loudly. A bassoonist fans himself with his music sheet. A cla(...)