Yesterday was a fine day to do some errands in
I spotted this penitent or nazareno on our way back home, obviously hurrying up to catch up a procession.
Monchéri who is Spanish laughed: "Don’t tell me you’re going to take a picture of him! It’s a little bit rude, you know...."
Well, I felt peevish but quickly took a snapshot. Did I imagine it but it seemed to me he was holding a cigarette…No that possibly can’t be!
And yes, he was wearing shoes…
In some processions, the nazarenos walk barefoot, they also might no be allowed to talk once dressed with their tunic and pointed hood, the capirote.
You have to go back to the period of Spanish Inquisition to find the origin of the cone shaped hood which symbolizes grief and repentance. Established in 1478 by catholic monarchs Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella of Castile, the Spanish Inquisition aimed to maintain the orthodoxy in the country.
When the Inquisición arrived in a city, the population was summoned to freely relieve its conscience, after Sunday mass but also denounce possible accomplices. Throughout the centuries, the Inquisición targeted Jews, protestants and moriscos – muslims converted to Catholicism, fought against bigamy, homosexuality and freemasonry, until it was finally abolished in 1834.
In the painting below, Auto de fe de
ps : while I’m writing this post, it suddenly started to rain, which means : no procession….Poor Grananidos ! This is a REAL disappointment for them. Monchéri who is not especially keen on Semana Santa, couldn’t believe his 18 year old nephew was shedding bitter tears last year when the procession of his cofradia (or hermandad : members of a church participating to a procession) had to be cancelled because of the rain. Ironically enough, we’re waiting all year for rain to come because of severe drought but rain is definitely cursed on Semana Santa.
Oh my…the rain won’t stop now.
You know what? I’m going to leave aside the Inquisition and watch Pride and Prejudice for n zillion time with the delightful Keira Kneightley while working on the summer cards design, and make myself a nice cup of tea of course !