Semana Santa - Holy Week in Seville, Spain 2015

Religious fraternities in Sevilla, Spain embrace traditional rituals during the week before Easter.



The visual spectacle of Semana Santa in Seville, Spain spans the last week of Lent. Each day, every church mounts a round trip processional to the Cathedral. The tradition stretches back to the Middle Ages, when Lenten penitents donned capriotes - conical caps used in public shaming of criminals- as atonement for sins. In time, hoods were added for anonymity. 
On Easter morning the brass bands accompanying every procession set aside their dirges in favor of a celebratory tune. 
These photos attempt to offer a sliver of insight into the spectacle and wonder of Seville's Semana Santa. 


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