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The Battle Cry in Catoira

By Linda Tancs

Over a thousand years ago the Vikings invaded the town of Catoira in Galicia, Spain.  The Galicians have not forgotten.  In fact, since 1960 on the first Sunday of August they celebrate a re-enactment of the event at a Viking Festival.  Locals dress as Viking warriors aboard a replica 11th century ship headed for Torres del Oeste Castle.  A battle ensues between the defenders and invaders where everyone eventually ends up soaked in wine.  Well, that’s better than blood.

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