• Short Summary

    During the year the "pasos" -- statues to the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ -- remain in their alcoves in Spanish churches.

  • Description

    During the year the "pasos" -- statues to the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ -- remain in their alcoves in Spanish churches. At Easter, they are accompanied by hooded men through the streets of cities and towns.

    The statues are dragged on carriages or carried by "colfradas" -- a group of men who belong to a particular church.

    These men are accompanied by the penitents -- hooded men carrying heavy crosses and walking in bare feet or dragging chains attached to their ankles to atone for their sins.

    The hoods, shaped like those of the American Ku Klux Klan, date from the Middle Ages in Spain. The Madrid procession, on Good Friday night, took three hours to cover its annual route through the Spanish capital.

    As the 12 Pasos passed by, the crowd sang a "Saeta", an emotional song of adoration. Military bands also accompanied the statues and crosses.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8GSOWMM2JL3F6O7X9851PBFC8
    Media URN:
    VLVA8GSOWMM2JL3F6O7X9851PBFC8
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/03/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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