Sunday, March 06, 2011
Our Lord of the Conquest
Friday the streets filled up with concheros or dancers in elaborate costumes that are inspired by the civilizations that the 16th century Spaniards conquered and converted to Christianity. My friend Jim Quinn made a movie that will give you an idea of what I'm talking about.
By the time we went in to the centro about dusk there were at least two dance troups on each side of the jardin. The roar of the drums was enough to deafen you and maybe even get your heartbeat out of kelter. If you have been to a drumming, multiply that by eight and you will have an idea of what was happening.
At some time during the day each group of the concheros had banners and altars that they carried into the church to be blessed and to also honor El Señor. While I love the excitement of the dances and the costumes, these altars and crosses amaze the puritan in me. The sky had changed from dusk to dark when I made this picture of a cross right outside the entry to the Parroquia.