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Ecuador - Easter Procession by lux69aeterna Ecuador - Easter Procession by lux69aeterna
On holy friday hundreds of "Cucuruchos" wearing their traditional "capirote" walk along the streets of Quito, Ecuador. The procession is called "la procesion de Jesus del Gran Poder". The point of wearing this costume is to be penitent for the sins commited during the past year. In early times the Cucuruchos would stay outside the churches in the cold for a week, be punished/injured by passers by and called names. Later they were asked to walk around in the streets of Quito during Holy Friday. Some are carrying cactus on their naked back, carry heavy wooden crosses or injure themselves. Though i heard the procession is less bloody than a few years ago. 

The origins of the capirote dates back to the medieval times in Spain. Clowns and jugglers portraying clumsiness and stupidity would wear these. Criminals were forced to wear pointed hats and walk through the streets, while people threw rotten vegetables at them, spat on them, and insulted them. I've been told criminals are very common to participate in this procession, to start with a "clean sheet" afterwards. Though, not all people participating are penitents. Real penitents can be noticed by walking barefoot. It is also possible for outsiders to arrange a costume and participate.

Exif: 24mm, 1/500, F4, ISO 200


Nikon D800, Nikkor 24-70mm, B+W UV Filter.

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satinandlace2 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Een van mijn favorieten, niet alleen voor de foto maar ook de betekenis. 
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lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015   Photographer
Maar ik denk dat die "action lifestyle" fotografie weinig aantrek heeft... Die zou meer succes hebben bij national geographic...
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satinandlace2 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
ja, dat is waar. Ik hou er wel van. 
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lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015   Photographer
Wink/Razz 
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satinandlace2 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
hehe ;) (Wink) 
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DrethPhantomhive Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
IS that the Ecuadorian KKK?
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dragon-fly-to-me Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
Great capture, Sebastien!! The movement and color, with the background cathedral is wonderful!!
Excellent work.
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Ludayz Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
great!! you were in Ecuador, i hope you´ve enjoyed my country.
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:iconlux69aeterna:
lux69aeterna Featured By Owner May 23, 2014   Photographer
Si, seguro... Aun estoy en Quito, pero mañana un pequeño viaje por Galapagos :)
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Ludayz Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Disfruta Galápagos es un paraíso! de seguro tomarás fotos increíbles!
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lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014   Photographer
Gracias Lucía! Me encanto mucho y tomé bastante fotos... Quizas salen unas buenas :) No he tenido tiempo de bajarlas todas pero al menos estoy feliz de la foto de ese cangrejo... Me tomo tiempo encontrar uno que se dejo acercar un poco :p
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Chafito Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
excelente!
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lux69aeterna Featured By Owner May 7, 2014   Photographer
Muchas gracias Eddie! :) Feliz de ver que hay al menos unos Ecuatorianos aquí... No se ven mucho, tristemente... 
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AreaFive Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, this is really remarkable, love the composition and it's so wonderfully color :)
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lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014   Photographer
Thank you a lot for your kind words Jon! :) Not an easy picture to make... Asking the police to be able to be in front in this turn, and blindly make the shot from a low angle... Luckely about 5-8 out of the 20 had the right composition with the feet of the people and the top of the church included :) 
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AreaFive Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome! It was well worth the effort. It's a really exceptional photograph.
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lux69aeterna Featured By Owner May 2, 2014   Photographer
I'm glad you think so Jon :) Take care! 
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AreaFive Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
*colorful
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XxParanoidAndroidxX Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
well, I really hope you don't mind because I took the liberty of sharing it with all credits to you and your gallery. If you would like to check out my page it's here www.facebook.com/pages/School-… And I post under the signature -V. 
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lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014   Photographer
I don't mind at all Rachel, thank you for promoting it :) Just been to see it ;) 
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XxParanoidAndroidxX Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this, do you mind if I share this on my facebook page. I will credit your gallery and you the photographer. 
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lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014   Photographer
No problem at all Rachel :) Have a nice evening!
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apokaliptikosolstiz Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
La Compañía Church, right in García Moreno Street... Cool shot! 
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lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014   Photographer
Gracias por el comentario! :) Por una vez alguien de Ecuador... Parece que aquí casi no hay? 
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apokaliptikosolstiz Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Aaah! De nada! Mira, lo siento por no responder, pero fíjate tu, que casi no se ve gente de estos lares en páginas como estas.... son muy pocos la verdad! Veo que eres Belga, qué te pareció el centro colonial a comparación de Europa? 
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
Many thanks for the insight brought by this image and its narrative. :iconsaluteplz:
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:iconlux69aeterna:
lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014   Photographer
Thank you a lot for your kind words :) 
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
You are most welcome. :D
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erene Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Great shot.
It is very important that we keep our traditions.
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lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014   Photographer
Thank you a lot for your words! And yes, i agree... But there are always traditions that can get negative comments.. 
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erene Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
You are welcome :)
Unfortunately, even some of our traditions do create confusions, especially
when it comes to religion.
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lux69aeterna Featured By Owner May 2, 2014   Photographer
You're right... Although here it's all quiet :) I like to see cultural happenings and try to understand what people think, i accept it... But i'm not really a "believer"... Even though i went to church and helped a lot with reading and being an acolyte, i always did it for helping the people, not because i 'believed'. I'm more taught to criticize everything... And i believe in some things, but nothing with a single minded organization would tell me...  
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erene Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
I, on the other hand, have a lot of faith.
I lived through enough miracles in my life to
have any doubts.  Sometimes I get a bit shaken, but
soon I get back on my feet.
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AlecBell Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
As though sleepwalkers
they trudge, their identities
eclipsed by strange robes.

Can they believe god watches
their ritual parading?
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lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014   Photographer
It's true they might go as sleepwalkers, Alec! :) Thank you a lot for your poetry!
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AlecBell Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Posted here, Sebastien :alecbell.deviantart.com/art/Pe…
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lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014   Photographer
Perfect! :) 
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AlecBell Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
You're too generous!
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gigi50 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
WOW that is very interesting Thank you for sharing photo and info :iconwowplz:
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lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014   Photographer
Thank you a lot! :) 
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gigi50 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
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JACAC Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
g r e a t . p h o t o . =)
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lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014   Photographer
Thank you a lot José! 
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JACAC Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
m y . p l e a s u r e . =)
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BritLawrence Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Very interesting photo and description.  Thanks for sharing the story behind it. I think you captured this event very well in this. Interesting how it seems kind of overcast. The weather fit the mood it seems. Between that and the pointed hats I'm getting a little bit of the chills. Mainly because growing up we had photos of the KKK in their white costumes with the hoods in our history books. They never teach us about things like this. America is so.. ignorant of the rest of the world.
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lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014   Photographer
Thank you a lot for your kind comment Brittany, and i'm happy you liked the story/description :) 

To tell you the truth i only heard about the cucuruchos last year in Antigua, Guatemala, where they also have a "alike" procession... One of the most interesting, where it all started from, would be the one from Sevilla in Spain :)
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HydromelKing Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Très jolie photo ! Je ne peux m'empêcher de penser à Tintin et la société secrète de Ki-Oskh
pour les vêtements. Sinon cette procession me fait aussi penser à celles qui ont lieu en Espagne
bien sûr puisque c'est de là que sont originaires ces processions en habit de pénitent.
Belle église en arrière-plan. :)
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lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014   Photographer
C'était dans "les cigares du pharaon"? :) 

Tu as bien raison, il parait que celle de Séville vaut la peine... Et une autre en Amérique Latine est la processions des cucuruchos à Antigua, Guatemala... Aussi très joli, mais un peu différent à Quito... Plus vrai et authentique :) 
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HydromelKing Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Effectivement c'est dans les "cigares du pharaon".
Bon j'ajoute Séville et le Guatemala à ma liste de lieux
à visiter, il commence à y en avoir beaucoup ! :)
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lux69aeterna Featured By Owner May 6, 2014   Photographer
Séville je ne connais pas, mais je pense qu'ils ont la cathédrale la plus grande (en volume) du monde (si je me souviens bien) :p 
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