A shepherd walks with his herd in Madrid on October 30, 2011 as shepherds herded hundreds of sheep to the capital to promote the conservation of the ancient paths of migration (moving flocks from winter to summer pastures) dating back some 8,000 years. Thousand of sheep pass through the city centre, joined by cows and shepherds, marking the annual livestock migration festival which has taken place in the Spanish capital since 1994.
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A girl combs her hair before performing a traditional reed dance in Ludzidzini, Swaziland. Thousands of virginal girls from around the country go there with cut reeds to present to the Queen Mother in an annual eight-day ceremony. Swaziland’s King Mswati III has also used the event to choose a new wife—he currently has 13.
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