RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - It has now been 70 years since that day, at the festivals of Valdelageve (province of Salamanca, northwest Spain), when José Prieto Cerrudo climbed onto a mule. He had arrived in the village with his brother from Béjar, 30 kilometers away, to earn some money at the festivals.

He played the clarinet, and his brother the cymbals. José saw the mule and rode it to draw the attention of Guadalupe Matas Hernández, who had gone to the kermesse with a friend. "The mule's name is Cana, and it's mine," she said. With . . .

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