29 March 2013

Hoods for Holy Week

Penitents take part in the procession of "La Paz" (The Peace) brotherhood during Holy Week in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain, April 5, 2009. (REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo)
A boy carried a cross and wore a hood as he prepared to take part in a procession at a school on the eve of Christianity's Holy Week in Seville, Spain, Friday.  Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters.  Source.
It's interesting to note the degree to which the symbolism of the hood has been co-opted for Americans by its historical misuse.  Every time I look at the top photo, the candle looks like a club.


  1. I've been photographing the Sicilian "Processione dei Misteri" in Trapani - biggest Good Friday procession in Italy - which also features hooded "Nazarenos".

    Last time I could participate - in 2002 - the centuries old tradition had stopped. Apparently, the regional clergy had declared the costumes too medieval. Here's a very short Wikipedia article on the "capirote": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capirote

    Here's my Flickr set with some images from the procession: http://www.flickr.com/photos/liebermann/sets/573665/

  2. They aren't hoods for Easter... they are hoods for Holy Week.

    It's particularly striking that the KKK hated Catholics but dressed like them.

  3. Yeah. I'm from the SOUTH. Pretty much can't see anything but KKK. Sad and very hard to get past.

    Sort of like how the Nazi's took the swastika and made it their own despite the fact that it had been used from the East by the Hidus to the West by the American Indians, usually to denote goodness, sometimes in its rawest sense.


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