Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2005/11/22

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Subject: [Leica] Night procession
From: lmc at (Luis Miguel Castañeda)
Date: Tue Nov 22 10:39:27 2005
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On 22/11/2005, at 18:48, Adam Bridge wrote:

> What IS the "night procession?"
> I'm probably in severe cultural deficit here but I'm eager to learn!

A bit hard to explain, as it is an old tradition with many variants,  
but I'll try.

In almost every place of Spain there are some groups called  
"cofrad?as" that have his devotions to a patron saint or the local  
incarnation of Christ or the Virgin Mary, they work in a similar way  
that a clan do it.

At fixed dates (as Corpus Christi or Holy Week for example) they do  
meet in a ceremony, take the figure out the church in a platform  
carrying it over the shoulders and back ribs of several persons  
called "costaleros"; then they walk slowly a fixed route to end - 
usually- again in the church. This walk is the procession, it is  
public, not only restricted to the cofrad?as, and many of those has  
its own behavior like silence, companion music, knee bending on some  
places, or other peculiarities.

Being a costalero is a disputed honour and many times a matter of  
trade that can involve a big amounts of money.

On that image we are seeing people congregating before to take the  
saint out the Cordoba's cathedral, formerly a mosque (785-1236ac)  
that was built over a visigothic church.

Looking the picture you can notice how popular those acts can be.

> Thanks Luis!

My pleasure Adam, hope it explained something.


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