Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Portatori Cristo

Only in Liguria, North-West coast of Italy, are the Christ bearers, gathered in congregations or "casacce". Strong men who carry in the processionheavy crucifixes and processional cabinets. A tradition that has its roots in the Middle Ages, with the formation of early congregations that dealt with religious rites and carried out social and humanitarian functions.

Here, for the Patron Saint Day San Giovanni Battista, the procession reached the sea where the Archbishop blessed the port and the ships.
© Paolo Saccheri

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