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