The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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You can find my music on Jango (World & latin - Worldbeat) and at iTunes and most online stores.
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Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo
The view from Corazon del Pueblo

The hereafter re me

My photo
Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Saturday, April 23, 2011

El Viernes Santo - Good Friday

One of the highlights of Semana Santa is la Procesión del Silencio which begins late in the day on Good Friday.  The procession winds its way through several neighborhoods and has groups from various parishes, all of whom carry pieces from their churches.  The crowds swell in front of la iglesia, La Preciosa Sangre de Cristo on Alcalaas the start approaches. 

Banners that will be carried through the streets.

Each one unique and ornate.

Hooded men await the beginning of a tough trek.  They will carry these heavy crosses the entire way.

It is a tense time.

Again, these crosses are very heavy.

This man carried more than a cross.  Tattoos on both front and back.

Can I help, papa?

Glorious in red.

The brides await.

As the sun gets lower, the start gets closer.

The figures get carried out of the church.

Each figure is a dramatic and poignant representation.

Next, the procession............

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