• Short Summary

    MADRID'S 'PROCESSION OF SILENCE' IS ONE OF THE MANY HUNDREDS OF SIMILAR CEREMONIES HELD THROUGHOUT SPAIN DURING HOLY WEEK.

  • Description

    MADRID'S 'PROCESSION OF SILENCE' IS ONE OF THE MANY HUNDREDS OF SIMILAR CEREMONIES HELD THROUGHOUT SPAIN DURING HOLY WEEK. AT MID-DAY ON MAUNDAY THURSDAY (APRIL 11) SHOPS CLOSE, BUSINESS COMES TO A VIRTUAL HALT, AND CITIZENS YIELD THEMSELVES UP TO A FERVOUR OF RELIGIOUS ENTHUSIASM.

    THE PROCESSION OF PENITENTS, MANY OF THEM BAREFOOTED, MANY OF THEM DRAGGING CHAINS AROUND THEIR ANKLES, DATES BACK TO THE 15TH CENTURY -- THE GOLDEN AGE OF RELIGION AND RELIGIOUS DRAMA IN SPAIN. MANY OF THE PROCESSIONS WERE ORIGINALLY ESTABLISHED BY THE TRADE GUILDS, AND BEAR STRONG PARALLELS TO THE CORPUS CHRISTI CELEBRATIONS IN OTHER EUROPEAN COUNTRIES.

    CENTREPIECE OF THE PROCESSIONS ARE THE 'PASOS' -- PAGEANT WAGONS BEARING LIFE-SIZE STATUES OF CHRIST, THE VIRGIN MARY, AND OTHER PROTAGONISTS IN THE BIBLE STORY. FOR MANY OF THE PROCESSION'S PARTICIPANTS, THE WALK IS A TEST OF ENDURANCE -- IN CERTAIN PARTS OF SPAIN THE CEREMONIES LAST FROM MIDNIGHT ON MAUNDAY THURSDAY UNTIL NOON THE FOLLOWING DAY. MANY OF MADRID'S 9,000 PENITENTS CARRY WOODEN CROSSES ON THEIR 7-KILOMETRE (4.5 MILE) MARCH -- OTHERS BEAR CANDLES AND FLOWERS.

    ONLY THE EXODUS OF 500,000 NEWLY-MOTORISED CITIZENS OF MADRID TO SPEND EASTER AT THE COASTAL RESORTS SUGGESTS THAT FOR SOME THESE CEREMONIES, AND THEIR LINKS WITH THE PAST, ARE BEGINNING TO LOSE THEIR VALIDITY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA21C6ZS5QUONTDID3KS5SAFRDO
    Media URN:
    VLVA21C6ZS5QUONTDID3KS5SAFRDO
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/04/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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