- Posted January 9, 2013 by
The Annual Feast of the Black Nazarene
- sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer
Roman Catholic tradition holds that the Black Nazarene came from a boat that caught fire, turning it from its original white into black or charred complexion.
During the annual public procession, only the body of the Black Nazarene is displayed in procession to the public, while the original head portion of the statue is retained in the Basilica of the Black Nazarene within the high altars of the church. The Black Nazarene is also famously noted for its devotees who walk the procession streets barefoot, without shoes or sandals as to imitate Jesus Christ on his way to Mount Calvary.
Even from our height, you can feel the lack of breathable air below, the parched sweats, the fury of cries, and almost the smell of fallen dead skins as bare feet scraped against hot pavement.
The sight of the sea of devotees as they scampered, jousted, and struggled for a chance to pull the caroza or to touch the Black Nazarene can only be describe as one of “religious frenzy.”
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