Cofradía San Sebastian y San Fabian
Posted: June 18, 2013 - 2:20pm
Members of this cofradía walk the streets in costume to collect funds for the feast, serenading the barrio with music and offering a festive atmosphere. Everyone in the neighborhood is expected to contribute to the cost of the festivities.
Padre Eterno Cofradía
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.
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.
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.
Cristo Negro, Juayúa
Posted: June 18, 2013 - 2:05pm
The parish church of Santa Lucia in Juayúa, El Salvador is famous for a large colonial-era statue of the Cristo Negro, or Black Christ, which hangs behind the altar of the imposing church. Many people refer to the church not by its official name but as the Cristo Negro church. The blackness of the figure is especially interesting in a colonial context, and in a place where the indigenous people were smaller and brown, but where there were very few people of African origin.
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.
Family, Marriage & Gender Roles
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.
Death, Mourning & the Afterlife
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.
Coming of Age
Posted: June 18, 2013 - 1:29pm
Families mark the young women’s coming of age on her 15th birthday with a celebration known as a fiesta rosa or quinceañera.