National Geographic : 1971 Jun
borrados were still in charge, still running through and around the village. Later they gathered all the burros they could find, mounted them, facing backward, and raced them with great whoops of laughter (preced ing pages). Senior Hernandez told me this indicated that the world remained "upside down"-that the powers of evil still ruled. After the donkey races were finished, the village governor arrived on horseback. Now he would enact the role of the Centurion, who would destroy the evil ones in the name of the resurrected Christ. The church bells pealed, and the Centurion rode among the borrados, breaking their long 794 bamboo spears. The borrados fell writhing to the ground, pretending to have been smitten by the Centurion's huge wooden saber. Evil had been conquered and the doors of heaven had opened. The borrados now got up and marched off to the stream for their ritual purification bath. For the first time they were orderly and silent. Near the church all was mirth and happiness. The children played among the broken spears. The older men conversed and smoked corn leaf cigarettes. The women laughed among themselves and commented on the defeat of the borrados. Holy Week was over in Mesa del Nayar.