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The Spanish Festival of the Near-Death Experience

Villagers in the tiny Galician town of As Neves, in northwest Spain, carried a record number of coffins through the streets this summer.

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Pall bearers sweated under their heavy human loads. The humans in the coffins were sweating, too, because they were actually alive.

It's an ancient procession that took on special significance this year.