Quema De La Zorra – Alhabia


The procession leaving the church after mass

On Saturday night we watched the ‘Quema de la Zorra’ (burning of the vixen) procession in Alhabia. It’s a tradition of the Alpujarra dating back to Roman times, it’s thought. In the old days, the men would go up to the mountains to hunt and kill some poor vixen and then it would be put into a wooden cage and burnt, symbolising the burying of all the ‘maldad’ (bad feeling) in the community.


Arriving at the ermita

In some villages they burn an effigy of a fox but in Alhabia they carry a figure of Christ from the church through the village along the main road to the Ermita above our cortijo where the figure is kept.


Alhabia town band

The figure was followed by the priest, the village band and most of the villagers. Many of the people carried bunches of herbs for purification.




More fireworks

Halfway, the procession stopped as fireworks were let off. The display was very good. Probably a substitute for the burning of the vixen.


More fireworks


More fireworks

Photos taken with phone at night so not the best quality but it was a beautiful clear night.


About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy portraiture and figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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1 Response to Quema De La Zorra – Alhabia

  1. Angela Bell says:

    Spain has such soul or should I say duende! lovely

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