Monday, 21 April 2014

Semana Santa

Ben sent these photos of the Semana Santa procession as it passed near his house in Ubeda, Andalucia.
Those black hoods look distinctly sinister to me! The elaborate carriage bearing the figure of Christ is carried on the shoulders of the penitents and where they have to pass underneath overhead telephone lines they get down on their knees and shuffle along the cobbles. Great pics, Ben. Thanks!


lizy-expat-writer said...

The hoods do look sinister, which is why, when we were watching the Semana Santa processions on the TV, I looked it up on Google. apparently those hoods are to hide the identity of the penitents walking barefoot in the processions, and the different colours of the robes denote different trade guilds that carry the elaborate models of the Passion through the streets.

Robert Crompton said...

Thanks for dropping by, Liz. It's very different from the bloke in jeans and tee-shirt carrying a couple of pieces of timber fixed together in the shape of a cross, that seems to be the central motif of some processions I've seen.