Saturday, April 15, 2006

Costa Rican croc tradition

Costa Rican children look at a crocodile caught during a tradition to celebrate Good Friday in Ortega de Santa Cruz, north of San Jose, Costa Rica April 14, 2006. People of this small town catch the crocodile while hundreds watch from the riverbank during Holy Week celebrations, a tradition going back more that two hundred years. Traditionally, the crocodile is sacrificed and is believed to have healing powers. The ritual also reminds the people of Ortega that the crocodile is the main symbol of their culture. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

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