The Folk ‘Jews’ of Spain

In Spain, as in Poland, Jewishness is a protean concept, and a Jewish legacy is felt. But the Fiesta de la Vaquilla practices and lore, transmitted orally through countless generations, tend to be shrugged off, unquestioned, as givens. Of more interest to villagers than the origins of ethnic tropes about “Judíos” is pulling off the endlessly complex event itself.

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