Gran Poder

UNESCO Wold Heritage event (Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity)

Inevitably it is necessary to give a historical perspective of this yearly festival that takes place in the city of La Paz, Bolivia. The celebration transforms and stimulates the social life of La Paz every year, emanating from a particular way of understanding and living Andean Catholicism.

The Parade begins with a procession through the western part of the city. This procession is central to the event, involving 40,000 devotees who dance and sing in an offering to Jesus of the Great Power. The dance has a sacred significance for the sixty-nine fraternities involved, which are greeted in the streets in a euphoric atmosphere where the music of 7,000 musicians resonates.

The image venerated with dance and music is believed to have arrived in the city at the founding of the convent of the Mothers of the Sacred Conception on the 8th of December 1663, representing the Trinity: a single body with three faces. Because of its heterodox nature Pope Benedict VI prohibited its worship. To continue to venerate it, being considered miraculous by its followers, it was decided to paint over the Trinity, leaving only one face and without the triangular ribbon held by the hands of the Christ.

The first organised manifestation of the festival goes back to 1926 with the first fraternities of dancers, mainly the groups of embroiderers. Each group starts with a banner indicating a fraternity, followed by the dancers in their varied costumes, and followed by the brass band belonging to each group.

Women’s costumes
Men’s costumes
The musicians

The Annunciation

A reflection on the disorientation of religion: The Angel addresses himself to the void, while Mary stands in the foreground looking in a different direction, one of a crowd.

The church of St Mary and St Ethelburga in Lyminge

The last stop of our walk from Elham to Lyminge: this fine church!

St James’s, Piccadilly

The Grave

Another image added to my ongoing Imagination projects


The Worship

Another image added to my on going Imagination III project.

St. Bartholomew The Great

Visiting Smithfield Market at the weekend, I came across this wonderful church: the Priory Church of St. Bartholomew, founded in AD 1123. as part of a monastery of Augustinian Canons.
Bartholomew was one of the Twelve Apostles, brought to Jesus by Saint Philip. He is reputed to have brought Christianity to Armenia where tradition states that he was later flayed alive and crucified head down.

Of ruins and temples: Polonnaruwa

While these are ruins to the visitors, they are sacred sites to the local people.

Saffron Messiah

A collection of statues from the holy sites in Sri Lanka

The stone mirror of Uqbar

The lowlands of Tsai Khaldun and the Axa Delta marked the southern frontier of Uqbar and on the islands of the delta wild horses procreate.
… As a result of the religious persecutions of the thirteenth century, the orthodox believers of Uqbar sought refuge on these islands, where to this day their obelisks remain and where it is not uncommon to unearth their stone mirrors.
The impostor magician Smerdis one of the heresiarchs of Uqbar had declared the visible universe is an illusion or (more precisely) a sophism. Mirrors… are an abomination because they multiply and disseminate that universe.

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