I Misteri 2008
A Sicilian Easter. The annual 'Procession of the Mysteries' in Trapani, Sicily, is a 400-year-old ritual brought to Sicily by its Spanish colonizers of the 15th century. The procession begins at 3:00 pm on Good Friday and continues for 24 hours. In the procession, townsmen carry one-ton statues depicting the Stations of the Cross. The last statue is that of the Madonna, who 'searches' for her lost son, Christ, until she 'returns' to the town church on Holy Saturday. One of the most interesting characteristic of this procession is the "annacata": statue holders walks making the statues moving left-to-right, following the, slow, funeral, rhythm played by the accompanying band, making the atmosphere almost surreal.
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