Topic: Religions Tours
Toys and Saints in this year’s Holly week in a small town in the Spanish province of Andalusia have been one of the most interesting joints for an official religious celebration.
See Picture Image of this ceremony where today’s toys are used and an old annual ceremony in Spain:
Photos thanks to Maria Jose Cimbo.
We have been writing articles on the many road sanctuaries for a while now, and a constant within these stories is the fact that most of these shrines are not officially recognized by the Vatican or the local Church –as a Christian institution. These are in the majority of the cases popular cults that have grown within the most improvised social sectors, generally relaying in a local figure/emblem that after a life of sorrow and suffer has redeemed him or herself by doing a holy-like good deed, and soon after they suffer a tragic death; the key to understanding these cults has been the fact that these characters, after dead, work out miracles, and thereby are sanctified by the local believing population that incorporates them to their pantheon of Saints. Though in some cases the local preacher or parson is as a believer as the rest of the local population, in the most of the cases this is a popular way of appropriation of the Religion.
In these cases is also very frequent to witness the use of dolls and artisan like figurines that are objects of affection and devotion as an opposition to the official Roman Church relationship with Saints.
As we said above, this year’s Holly week in Spain presented a strange merge of these traditions. It’s a custom that during Holly week (when the world’s Catholic remember Christ’s death and resurrection, his sacrifice for humanity and evidence his divinity) the local churches take their Saints to the street processions celebrating Christ’s Holiness.
A reader of ours who’s originate from a small town in the Andalusia province in Spain –a truly devoted Catholic region- shared with us a wonderful story.
This year, by April the town’s Church was undergoing a restoration process and the locals couldn’t take the Church’s Saint to the procession.
Given the situation and considering the fact that this would have been the first time that there were no saints within the local’s procession, the town’s children spontaneously “donated” their dolls, Barbie’s and Action Men for the procession’s sake. They custom made Saint Outfit for their toys and since this year the Church Saints were unavailable for the celebration they offered their “own little every day saints”.
As follows you’ll be able to see photos of Barbie characterized as Virgin Mary and Action Man as Christ.
By all means this in no way a disrespect to the holiness of religion but a true example of how deep their faith and beliefs are. An example, a contemporary version in which these toys, dolls, appear as main role characters of their own reality.
See Picture Image Gallery for Road Side Sanctuaries in Argentina:
Road Side Sanctuaries, Argentina
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