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Nazarenos in Malaga

A break from my Indian photos and a short interlude in Andalusia.
I realize that showing these pictures of the Semana Santa after Easter loses a lot of meaning. That’s the consequence of doing other things while traveling than being online …

The Nazarenos are the members of the brotherhoods who participate in the processions of the Semana Santa. They are also known as those who do penance.

The Nazarenos are dressed in robes and capes, wearing cone shaped head gear that makes it impossible to know who is behind their disguises. At first sight it reminds foreigners of images of the Ku Klux Klan in the US. However, it does not have anything to do with that.

The cone is supposed to symbolize a sort of rising towards the heaven and therefore this part of dress is designed to bring their penitence closer to the heavens.

Interesting to know is that in Spanish cemeteries cone shaped shrubs, such as cypress trees, are often found, to symbolically raise the dead towards heaven.

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