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  • Semana Santa Processions in Ronda
    Posted: August 9, 2017 - 12:42pm

    Ronda, an ancient striking hilltop city of just under 35,000 people in Andalucia, in the south of Spain, has its own tradition of Holy Week processions marking the Passion of Jesus, dating back to the mid-16th century, less than 100 years after the city was recaptured from Muslim control.

  • 'Living' the Confraternities
    Posted: August 8, 2017 - 4:00pm

    “The brotherhood is all year long; the procession is a single day.”

  • Music in the Processions
    Posted: August 4, 2017 - 4:22pm

    Two forms of music, marches and saetas — musical forms that are not, in other parts of the world, readily associated with Catholic religious music —  are integral parts of Semana Santa processions in Seville

  • Gender on Display at Semana Santa
    Posted: August 4, 2017 - 10:18am

    Holy Week processions in Seville show a quite explicitly gendered form of religiosity, one that repeatedly allows for displays of masculinity even in a society that has become much more egalitarian, and in confraternities that today are open to men and women.

  • Semana Santa Processions in Seville
    Posted: July 31, 2017 - 4:20pm

    Semana Santa processions are unparalleled in Seville, where 60 official processions traverse the center city throughout Holy Week from afternoon deep into the night.

  • Semana Santa
    Posted: July 31, 2017 - 3:18pm

    In many cities in Spain, and elsewhere in the Iberian-influenced world, Semana Santa — Holy Week — is marked by major public processions that recount and ritualize the events of the Passion, providing a visual catechism and giving the masses a chance to participate in the story.

  • Croagh Patrick Pilgrimage
    Posted: July 6, 2017 - 12:00pm

    A hazardous mountain hike on a July Sunday each year has long served as a means of prayer and pilgrimage. Today, pilgrims are less likely to cite religious reasons for hiking than to honor the religious and cultural ties past generations held to the place.

  • Faith and family hand in hand, divorce illegal in the Philippines
    Posted: June 5, 2017 - 11:57am

    Filipinos participate in religious events as families, often as extended families. More often than not, the family is the unit of analysis.

  • Introduction
    Posted: May 17, 2017 - 9:54am

    Even while Spain is a European Union member country with much more open borders and integration into Europe, Catholicism has a near monopoly on the religious life of the country.

  • Worship
    Posted: May 3, 2017 - 2:42pm

    Liturgy is inculturated in a number of interesting ways.  The Jewish origins of Catholic liturgy become even more apparent when Mass is celebrated in Hebrew.


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