Posts Tagged ‘Tradition’

Hey Piggy – The Belen Matanza

Matanza in Belen New Mexico (Steven St. John)

Fair Warning – Some viewers might find some of the following image depicting a traditional Matanza (Spanish for butchering or killing) to be disturbing.

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Don’t mess with my Matanza

Fair Warning – Some viewers might find some of the following images depicting a traditional Matanza (Spanish for butchering or killing) to be disturbing. If you don’t like blood or are just one of those people, this isn’t the post for you. Continue reading at your own enjoyment.

With postponement of an event billed as the world’s largest now back on, Matanzas have been in the news of late.

I had a wonderful opportunity to attend and document the one below recently in the South Valley. As it is here, Matanzas are traditionally a family and community-gathering event, with friends and neighbors helping in the labor-intensive work of processing a large animal. While turning this into a worlds-largest event doesn’t really have the same feel to me, I hope to cover the event in Valencia County whenever it is rescheduled. Stay tuned.

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