Nazarenes II

 At this time, in any corner of our geography, in the intricate streets of our towns and cities, we can attend the Holy Week processions, some solemn acts, which to the rhythm of drums and drums, the faithful, in a mystical setting in where the smell of incense is breathed, the sacred images walk, all wrapped in a magical atmosphere of lights and shadows. Among all the elements that make up these religious manifestations, a multitude of conical figures stand out, forming a few rows in a procession following the cadences of the toll that echoes through the streets: the nazarenes.

One of the most characteristic elements of the clothing of these brothers is the hood, also called hood or hood depending on the region in which we find ourselves, and which dates back to the time of the Inquisition, during the Middle Ages.

The hoods are reminiscent of the obligatory denigrating complement that accompanied those convicted by the Inquisition as penance for the crimes committed by the accused.

Although it has been possible to verify processions with hoods around the year 1400, the truth is that it was not until the 17th century when they became popular, first in Seville, and later gradually spreading among the different brotherhoods and brotherhoods throughout the country, thus from being elements of humiliation to symbols linked to penance, which have their maximum expression in Holy Week, where the Passion of Christ is commemorated for the remission of the sins of men, and his subsequent resurrection.

Regarding the colors of their clothing, these are not chosen at random, on the contrary, the liturgical acts that celebrate Holy Week are wrapped in a meticulously cared symbology, so the choice of colors to accompany the brotherhoods and steps , they are also: red, Passion and blood of Christ; black, mourning the death of Christ; white, purity; purple, penance; green, hope… Each brotherhood wears the color that best suits its cause, even being able to combine them.

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