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The Duel at the Tamarind


[Locals participating in the Santa Rosa celebrations]

Locals participating in the Santa Rosa celebrations


[A pair of shouters performing during the reenactment]

A pair of shouters performing during the reenactment


[Countryside cuisine was ubicuitous at the feast.]

Countryside cuisine was ubicuitous at the feast.


[There was always someone who drank too much and caused some minor trouble.]

There was always someone who drank too much and caused some minor trouble.


[The offenders were placed on the stocks for a couple of hours.]

The offenders were placed on the stocks for a couple of hours.


[However, the serious troubles would come at dawn, when the men involved in old feuds would search out for each other.]

However, the serious troubles would come at dawn, when the men involved in old feuds would search out for each other.


[The ofended man would drag his blanket around the tamarind tree while inviting his foe to a duel. Once the other man stepped on the blanket, the duel was acepted.]

The ofended man would drag his blanket around the tamarind tree while inviting his foe to a duel. Once the other man stepped on the blanket, the duel was acepted.


[The duel begins. The weapons of choice were swords and sabers.]

The duel begins. The weapons of choice were swords and sabers.


[A view of the dueling men.]

A view of the dueling men.


[One of the men kills his opponent thus ending the duel. His relatives run to check if he is well, while the dead man's relatives mourn over his body.]

One of the men kills his opponent thus ending the duel. His relatives run to check if he is well, while the dead man's relatives mourn over his body.


By:

Ocú
2007-08-25

Many decades ago, during the Night of Santa Rosa, a big celebration was held at the town of Ocu. Residents from many nearby towns would go to Ocu to participate in the festivities.

Because of the crowding of Ocu during that day, people who otherwise would not see each other ofter will meet there. Most encounters would be of a friendly nature, but sometimes, two men who in the past had had conflicts would run into each other.

If one of them considered the difference to have been a grave slight to his honor, and this could arise from a variety of reasons such as family feuds or the disputed favors of a woman, he would challenge the other to a duel. The common practice was to wait until down and then the offended man would drag a blanket around the tamarind. His rival would step in the blanked in order to convey his acceptance of the duel. Then, they would start to fight and the duel would only end when one of the men died.


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