eru is an eminently catholic nation. It is because of this that in cities where the rhythm of urban life turns men into slaves of routine and in the smaller towns, of a people with hands
furrowed through working the land, a different atmosphere prevails on the days when the life, passion and death of Jesus Christ are relived.
is one of the religious dates venerated in Peru with great devotion. Processions, carpets of flowers, an aroma of incense, sorrowing hearts, slow paces, grief-stricken by the death of Jesus, temples alight with candles welcoming devotees begging pardon for their sins, are but a few of the scenes reproduced in every corner of the nation.
And yet the celebration also abounds in unique features, typical to a nation where western and Andean blend and merge; and it this merge that gives the Holy Week such a special aspect...the procession slowly advances; suddenly the bier bends forward in a sign of greeting. In the distance, a peasant, eyes a brim with tears, looks on and crosses himself. The green flow of coca showing on his lips.
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