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The Torreño scraper: fifteen years of festive and participative symbol (30/07/2018)

The tradition of the Raspajo Burning of Las Torres de Cotillas was instituted in 2003 by the competent Council of the municipality of the town as a celebration - at this point already multitudinous, consolidated and clear ethnographic referent - that, running on the Esplanade of Maestro Ángel Palazón , in the last Sunday of the month of August, it serves as colophon and apotheosis broach of the patron saint festivities of the municipality.

Listed as a ceremony of purifying character, it has a double inspiration: the Christian, to see in the fire the propitious element with which to destroy the evil past on which the present renovator of the soul is built, projecting an idea of ​​life and health, of transformation, regeneration, amendment or death of the old man victim of sin and the birth in his place of the new man redeemed by faith;

and the pagan, endowed with that mentality -which goes back to the night of time- where the fire came from the Sun, of which it was its representative on earth, from it he would see the emergence of force to facilitate the growth of the crops and, consequently, the welfare of men and animals.

And, speaking of harvests, in Las Torres de Cotillas, barely a century ago a town that lived on grapes, the patron saint festivities, as the Official Chronicler of Villa Ricardo Montes points out, revolved around that fruit at the time. occurred after the harvest, in the first half of October -until 1969, which moved to August dates being the central act of the celebration to offer the first must of the collection to Our Lady of Salceda.

In short, a Burning of the Rasp of magical, spiritual and transcendent nature that recreates, rescues an agricultural past that defines not few aspects of the identity of our municipality.

Source: Juan José Ruiz Moñino

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