Behind the Veil

Category: Sense of Place


Photo and caption by Joana Trindade

Having been forbidden by the severe policies of Portugal's authority for economy and food safety, ASAE, the pig slaughter feasts were now converted into clandestine individual practices.Pig slaughters are a part of the Portuguese rural culture by representing the fellowship present on these communities’ living. Gathering the pig’s owners, their neighbors and their friends, where everyone would help the slaughtering, this community work was followed by a big party where the fresh pork meat is eaten by all as giving.Today, the few who still slaughter the pig at home have to hide behind the veil.

Location: Parada, Carregal do Sal, Portugal


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