A long-standing rural tradition in which the forces of good and evil confront each other in a symbolic battle, during which the thirst for justice stirs up public rage.Every Tuesday during carnival week
, in the little village of Lantz
, the legendarily evil bandit Miel Otxin
is imprisoned and sentenced to death by fire. The three-metre high effigy is dressed in a patterned blouson, blue trousers and a red sash, with his arms stretched out in a cross and crowned with a colourfully embellished conical cap.
Various other characters accompany him on the procession: Ziripot
, a roly-poly, good natured chap made from sacks full of bracken and hay who can barely stay upright; Zaldiko
, a wild horse which charges him until he falls to the ground; meanwhile, the Arotzak
carrying hammers and pincers, runs behind El Zaldiko to try to shoe him, and finally the Txatxos
, enveloped in animal skins and armed with staves and broomsticks, bellow incoherently while harassing everyone present.