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The Mysteries of Trapani

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The Mysteries of Trapani are 21 statuary groups that every year are carried on shoulders in a procession that takes place from 2 o'clock of Good Friday to midday of Saturday in order to live again the "Passion of Christ".

The traditional procession dates back to '500 as majority of the statues are originated.

The groups come adorned with flowers and lights and waxes and they can weigh beyond 1 ton.

The bearers are mainly men but today it is not difficult to find some women that, nearly always for Many common citizens however alternate themselves to the bearers.

A lot of women, devout to Madonna, dressed in black in sign of mourning, follow the statue of "Madonna Addolorata" on foot, some barefoot ones, with lighted waxes for all procession that goes all around the town .

Every group, that is assigned to the consuls of the various arts and crafts (barbers, masons, bakers jewellers, fishermen etc), is followed from a musical band that intones different funeral marches.

Moreover, in each group there is a small procession with people in custom that take banners and waxes.

A show in the show consists in the "annacata": a movement that the bearers give to the statuary group on the shoulders in order to simulate the described action.

All the citizens and many tourists come, also from far away, in order to attend to this procession, that takes place between two wings of crowd for all its duration.

Televisions of all over the world have realized reportage on this procession that makes reference to the Spanish baroque festivities, on the other hand Sicily has been Spanish property till ' 800.

The occasion is very important and the politicians of the city want to be at the front line, exactly like happened five hundred years ago.

Sacred and profane, cult and tradition are mixed generating mystical atmospheres...

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2 responses

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (16 May 2010):

    Excellent story and moving photos. My vote.

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (26 Jan 2013):

    Voted, wonderful story of a tradition, both mystical and spiritual.

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