Good Friday Procession: Potosi, Bolivia

Good Friday Procession Potosi Bolivia

I just realized that I never posted an image gallery from the large Good Friday procession I had the opportunity to experience in Potosi, Bolivia, in March 2013. It was the first large Latin American Holy Week celebration I witnessed, solemn and dignified, accentuated by the pleasant late afternoon light and Potosi’s 4,090m altitude. Because thin air at 13,400 feet tends to have an impact on everything.

I’ll begin with this one because it encapsulated so much of the proceedings –a steady solemn march along a narrow street lined by a few thousand people on each side. It was the first time I saw men wearing capirotes, the conical hoods worn by Roman Catholic penitentes during Holy Week celebrations –they’re most prevalent in Spain but also fairly common in parts of Latin America.

Seeing them in images, video and film always left a bad taste in my mouth. I associate them –wrongly, I fully realize– with the Ku Klux Klan. Notch that up to my upbringing in the U.S. and the heinous associations they conjure up there.

I’ll try to add a few more here tonight and tomorrow.

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And for the record: today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 811th straight, was taken in Potosi, Bolivia, on 29 March 2013.

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  1. Playamart - Zeebra Designs says

    I was thinking of you yesterday as Good Friday approaches.. This year I will be in the cloud forest, though I am working on a painting of those purple-caped folks.. Tomorrow I’ll finish it in the honor of the day.

    Z

    1. Bob R says

      Excellent, I was also remembering your visit to Quito last year — hope all’s well. Really looking forward to seeing that painting. 🙂

      1. Playamart - Zeebra Designs says

        Thanks – I’ll probably leave some of the faces with dark eyes and put realism into some as well. When I did that to a feline skull painting, it spooked me — and later my friends! The eyes might make this painting change moods too. Will decide tomorrow! thanks!

        PS.. how are the rains/flooding in Ohio? MIssissippi and Arkansas have been slammed…

        1. Bob R says

          Really looking forward to seeing it.

          I haven’t been following the conditions in Ohio very much — trying to focus more on my surroundings in Slovenia these days.

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