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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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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.
Ludayz Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
great!! you were in Ecuador, i hope you´ve enjoyed my country.
lux69aeterna Featured By Owner May 23, 2014   Photographer
Si, seguro... Aun estoy en Quito, pero mañana un pequeño viaje por Galapagos :)
Ludayz Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Disfruta Galápagos es un paraíso! de seguro tomarás fotos increíbles!
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
Chafito Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
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... 
AreaFive Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, this is really remarkable, love the composition and it's so wonderfully color :)
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 :) 
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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