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Daniel Ochoa / Maya

Daniel Ochoa / Maya

Spain La Maya Tradition

Spain La Maya Tradition

People, second prize stories: Young girls between the age of 7 and 11 are chosen every year as 'Maya' for the 'Las Mayas', a festival derived from pagan rites celebrating the arrival of spring, in the town of Colmenar Viejo, Spain. The girls are required to sit still for a couple of hours in a decorated altar. Daniel Ochoa de Olza.

People, second prize stories: Young girls between the age of 7 and 11 are chosen every year as 'Maya' for the 'Las Mayas', a festival derived from pagan rites celebrating the arrival of spring, in the town of Colmenar Viejo, Spain. The girls are required to sit still for a couple of hours in a decorated altar. Daniel Ochoa de Olza.

Daniel Ochoa de Olza, "La Maya Tradition", Madrid 2016

Daniel Ochoa de Olza, "La Maya Tradition", Madrid 2016

Daniel Ochoa de Olza - La Maya Tradition

Daniel Ochoa de Olza - La Maya Tradition

Daniel Ochoa de Olza - 2016 Photo Contest | World Press Photo

Daniel Ochoa de Olza - 2016 Photo Contest | World Press Photo

La Maya tradition: young girls between the age of seven and 11 are chosen every year as ‘Maya’ for the ‘Las Mayas’, a festival derived from pagan rites celebrating the arrival of spring, in the town of Colmenar Viejo, Spain Photograph: Daniel Ochoa de Olza/World Press Photo 2016

La Maya tradition: young girls between the age of seven and 11 are chosen every year as ‘Maya’ for the ‘Las Mayas’, a festival derived from pagan rites celebrating the arrival of spring, in the town of Colmenar Viejo, Spain Photograph: Daniel Ochoa de Olza/World Press Photo 2016

Spain La Maya Tradition

Spain La Maya Tradition

© Daniel Ochoa de Olza, La Maya Tradition. A 'Maya' girl sits in an altar during the traditional celebration of 'Las Mayas' on the streets of the small village of Colmenar Viejo, near Madrid, Spain Saturday, May 2, 2015. The festivity of 'Las Mayas' comes from pagan rites and dates from at least the medieval age, appearing in ancient documents. It takes place every year in the beginning of May and celebrates the arrival of the spring. A girl between 7 and 11years is chosen as 'Maya' and…

© Daniel Ochoa de Olza, La Maya Tradition. A 'Maya' girl sits in an altar during the traditional celebration of 'Las Mayas' on the streets of the small village of Colmenar Viejo, near Madrid, Spain Saturday, May 2, 2015. The festivity of 'Las Mayas' comes from pagan rites and dates from at least the medieval age, appearing in ancient documents. It takes place every year in the beginning of May and celebrates the arrival of the spring. A girl between 7 and 11years is chosen as 'Maya' and…

Daniel Ochoa de Olza - 2016 Photo Contest | World Press Photo

Daniel Ochoa de Olza - 2016 Photo Contest | World Press Photo

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