Despite once being an adopted andaluza, the only places I had ever seen Holy Week processions prior to 2014 were Valencia and Madrid, two cities not commonly associated with Semana Santa. So when Caminos de Pasión offered me the chance to delve deeper into the religious and cultural traditions of Semana Santa in the provinces of Sevilla, Córdoba and Jaén, I signed up quicker than you can say hermandad*. What followed were four intense days exploring the eight towns that make up the Caminos de Pasión route (Carmona, Osuna, Puente Genil, Cabra, Priego de Córdoba, Baena, Lucena and Alcalá la Real), watching more processions than you can shake a capirote* at, speaking to members of hermandades and finding out that Holy Week traditions vary from town to town. Turns out that once you've seen one paso, you really haven't seen them all.
I'll be writing more about my experiences for Flush Magazine, but in the meantime here are just a few photos of Semana Santa 2014.
|Here she comes! Procession in Puente Genil|
|9am on Good Friday & all you can see is red-coated drummers? Must be in Baena.|
|Baena's famous drummers learn their craft from an early age.|
|Baena: Sensory overload|
|Band on the streets of Alcala la Real|
|Balcony view, Puente Genil|
*Hermandad = brotherhood, the groups which participate in the processions, Capirote = pointed cap worn by nazarenos, penitents who participate in processions