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Spanish Village Excommunicated By The Church Celebrates Witchcraft Festival

Travelers Today       By    Glory Moralidad

Updated: Mar 29, 2017 06:15 AM EDT

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Residents at a village in Zaragoza, Spain are keen to have their association with spells and black magic kept close in their hearts. Now, they celebrate an annual festivity about the witchcraft. Trasmoz was initially cut off from the Catholic Church over a fight on firewood. The excommunication can be lifted by Pope Francis; however, the town would like to explore the black craft to boost the tourism of Trasmoz, says The Lonely Planet.

In 1255, there was a dispute on the town's logs which barred them from the church. Three hundred years later, Trasmoz was cursed by an abbot after a dispute on water supply. The monks lost when the court of Aragon favored the village's usage of the supply and spat unholy words at the town folks in their local monastery. It was also then that Trasmoz was associated with witchcraft, according to The Spanish Today.

This damnation goes to all residents and their descendants. But, instead of warding off what was branded to them, the town welcomed the identity and rather hopes that it will boost their economic status.

Every year in July, the residents enjoy celebrating the Feria de la Brujería as ghouls and enchantresses and invites people all over the world to join the revelry. This year, a bigger celebration is eyed when the government of Aragon recognized the witchcraft festival as a Regional Tourist Event.

The event gathers 6,000 visitors to Trasmoz, where the town recreates the village in a more medieval-like manner. There are hunters and witches who reenact the famous Sabbath and Salem expeditions the whole day. The Neo-paganism observance of the witches' Sabbath can occur between June and July during the Litha or summer solstice months.

Moreover, the town listed a couple of other bizarre events that happened when it claimed to be a cursed place. For example, Julio Iglesias, father of singer Enrique Iglesias was kidnapped by a terrorist group. Another was when the town named a street "Gol de Nayim" and got a score of 49 meters to win the European Winter's Cup in 1995.

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