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Sunday, December 03, 2006

One hundred years of rural customs

Searching Flickr, I accidentally came across this delightful old view of the countryfolk in La Laguna, Tenerife, carrying out the tasks of the annual trilla (threshing), using oxen, way back almost 100 years ago in 1910.

Compare that to the photos taken at this year's Dia de la Trilla (Threshing Day) at the country fair in El Palmar.

Here we have two lady oxen, yoked and ready to go to work, just as they were in the 1910 photo.

Girls FridayHorses are also employed. Although this is done as part of the fiesta, as a means to keep the old traditions alive and as an exhibition, this is still the annual threshing co-operative, where locals bring their harvest for "mass" processing.

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