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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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

Monday, April 10, 2017

El Burro - Palm Sunday, Domingo de Ramos in San Antonino Castillo Velasco

There is no better place to be than in San Antonino Castillo Velasco to celebrate Palm Sunday, Domingo de Ramos.  The annual tradition is to bring the statue of Jesus on His burro from the church to the cemetery, where it is festooned with the finest fruits, vegetables and breads the villagers have to offer.  The feet are visible to being with, but as the kilos of things are added, the burro is completely enveloped.
Gradually offerings are placed and roped into place.
When finished, the priest blesses everyone and everything.  It was this particular priest's first time celebrating in this village. He had previously been assigned in the city.
Then it was time to insert these long poles under the platform.
It is a delicate operation.... and then..
About twenty or thirty men carefully lift it and then process about a km to the church where thousands are waiting for its arrival and a mass.  The gentleman on the right's face shows the power of the moment.  I have a series of shots of the man on the left, who has carried El Burro every year for twenty years.  He will get a post all to himself.
It is an act of faith, carrying a very heavy load...
Lots of shots to go through and some nice video to come.

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