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

Sunday, March 25, 2018

San Antonino - Palm Sunday - Domingo del Ramos

"I think there's a burro somewhere in there."  Palm Sunday in San Antonino Castillo Velasco is easily one of the best places to be to begin Semana Santa.  In a nutshell, the people from the village bring the statue of Jesus on His Burro from the church to the cemetery where they cover the statue with a couple of tons of fruits, vegetables, bread, and herbs.  Then, they hoist the covered statue on long poles and, about twenty of thirty men, carry it back to the church.  It's pretty amazing and always an honor to see it and drink in the power of the moments.  Here's the burro just before he gets covered up.
The work continues....
It's a joyous occasion as folks bring their best fruits and veggies... and pigs, chickens, bread, chiles, on and on, all to be carried back to the church to be sold to raise money for the church.  It is always fun and fascinating to watch the assembly.  The first few layers....
Everything is tied down and laced together.  Nothing ever falls off.  Obviously, the weight is more than I want to even think about.
Ready to head back to the church
More on the procession and the faces of the people involved in a bit....

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