Every January, on Saint Sebastian Day, the streets of Piornal, Spain, fill with residents armed with turnips, seeking to punish the Jarramplas. The Jarramplas is a devil-like character portrayed by a man wearing a costume made from colorful strips of fabric, a frightening mask, and body armor underneath. In a centuries-old tradition, he walks the streets and beats a drum while residents throw turnips at him as a punishment for stealing cattle. The exact origin of the festival are not known, various theories exist from the mythological punishment of Caco by Hercules, to a cattle thief ridiculed and expelled by his neighbors. [12 photos total]

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People throw turnips at the Jarramplas as he makes his way through the streets beating his drum during the Jarramplas Festival in Piornal, Spain, on January 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) #
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Raul Beites, 34, is helped by assistants as he is dressed as a Jarramplas during the Jarramplas Festival in Piornal, Spain, on January 20, 2015. (Reuters/Sergio Perez) #
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People hold turnips to throw at Jarramplas in Piornal, Spain, on January 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) #
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A man throws a turnip at the Jarramplas as he makes his way through the streets of Piornal on January 19, 2014. (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images) #
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People throw turnips at the Jarramplas during the Jarramplas Festival on January 20, 2014. (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images) #
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People throw turnips at the Jarramplas on January 20, 2013 in Piornal. (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images) #
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People try to take cover as others throw turnips at the Jarramplas on January 20, 2013. (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images) #
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People hurl turnips at the Jarramplas on January 20, 2013. (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images) #
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The Jarramplas is backed up to a wall and pelted with turnips on January 20, 2013. (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images) #
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Turnips fly at the Jarramplas in Piornal on January 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza) #
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Some of the thousands of pounds of turnips thrown at the Jarramplas pile up on January 20, 2013. (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images) #
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Stewards lift the Jarramplas Jose Maria Perez as he takes a breath at the end of the Jarramplas Festival on January 20, 2014 in Piornal, Spain. (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images) #

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