Holy Week in Catalonia, Spain
Holy Week is an extremely important religious event throughout Spain. On Maundy Thursday the Spanish village of Verges, in the heart of Catalonia, is unique for its religious procession and portrayal of the Dance of Death. Verges is the only community in Spain that has kept alive the macabre Dance which has its origins in medieval literature and is connected to the Black Death portraying the march of death.
Local communities also re-enact scenes from the Passion through a series of processions, pageants and music known as "saetas". The procession winds its way slowly through the narrow cobbled streets with Jesus carrying the cross up until the climax of the evening when at 3am he is crucified in the village square whilst iconic still and moving images of 20th century suffering are portrayed on the fortified walls around him.
Perhaps the most eerie element of all is the silence that accompanies the procession broken only by the regular beating of drums.
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