Shrines in El Salvador honor martyrs and victims of violence
Posted: June 18, 2013 - 2:32pm
Roadside crosses and localized shrines honor martyrs and victims of violence and accidents.
Salvadorans migrate for better economic opportunity
Posted: June 18, 2013 - 2:29pm
About one-third of Salvadorans live outside the country. The country’s population density is the highest in Latin America, and with few natural resources and high unemployment, migration is sometimes the only route to economic opportunity.
El Salvador's cofradía Niño Dios de María hosts New Year's festivities
Posted: June 18, 2013 - 2:25pm
On New Year's Eve, the Niño Dios de María is processed around town and then to the throne, where it is placed in the second floor for viewing. Cofradía festivities follow with music, dancing and fireworks.
Hermandad de Jesús Nazareno: El Salvador's largest confraternity organizes Holy Week
Posted: June 18, 2013 - 2:23pm
This largest confraternity takes the leading role in Lenten and Holy Week commemorations with processions held throughout the 40 days of Lent.
Padre Eterno Cofradía carries on El Salvador's pre-Columbian rituals
Posted: June 18, 2013 - 2:16pm
The Padre Eterno Cofradía is the oldest confraternity in Izalco, dedicated to God the Eternal Father. It carries on pre-Columbian rituals in a Christian context with festivities held on Trinity Sunday.
Izalco cofradías carry on festive, often indigenous, traditions
Posted: June 18, 2013 - 2:15pm
Often blending Catholicism with indigenous traditions, the confraternities or brotherhoods in Western El Salvador are custodians of religious statues and organizers of annual feasts and processions.
Christmas in El Salvador sparkles with creches and secular displays
Posted: June 18, 2013 - 2:06pm
Salvadorans are especially fond of setting up decorative crèches with blinking lights. Salvadorans have absorbed American secular representations of Christmas.
El Salvador's cofradías sponsor feasts throughout the year
Posted: June 18, 2013 - 1:59pm
While feasts, shrines and lay confraternities may be distinct phenomena in many cultures, they all come together through the cofradías, the lay confraternities that help define Catholic life in parts of in Western El Salvador.
Changes in family, marriage norms linked to migration in El Salvador
Posted: June 18, 2013 - 1:58pm
Economic challenges have played a part in the changing family structures — single parenthood has become the norm while many partners leave El Salvador for better work opportunities.
Most Salvadoran Catholics believe in the devil, heaven and hell
Posted: June 18, 2013 - 1:34pm
In El Salvador one often sees reminders of the reality of death, including in religious images, roadside crosses that mark places of death, and elaborately decorated rural cemeteries.