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.
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.
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.
Halfway, the procession stopped as fireworks were let off. The display was very good. Probably a substitute for the burning of the vixen.
Photos taken with phone at night so not the best quality but it was a beautiful clear night.