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Brazil and the Church
Brazil and the Church (8)
Trip Date:2006-04-14 - 2006-04-16
# Photos:10 [View]
Countries visited:Brasil
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As part of a photography course in Atelie da Imagem, I took a weekend trip to Ouro Preto, one of the historic towns of Minas Gerais (General Mills) state, during Easter week.

In Brazil's colonial time, Minas Gerais was a big gold producer. Being Portugal, and consequently Brazil, a very catholic country, several churchs were built. As a very religious population followed , religious celebrations became very popular in Brazil.

In those festivities, one can see how common people participate in the celabrations in a very proud manner.

Here I depicted the Holly Friday celebration, dailly life and the sunday procession over the collored carpet.

"The Easter Week celebrations in the magnificent colonial city of Ouro Preto, in Brazil's southeastern state of Minas Gerais, feature some of the country's most spectacular Holy Week processions.

The region is known for the silver and gold mines, and Ouro Preto bloomed in golden splendor due to a tremendous gold and silver rush. There are 13 splendid Baroque churches in the city, dominated by the cathedral of Matriz de Nossa Senhora.

The Holy Week celebrations include processions through the cobblestoned streets, masses and a poignant reenactment of the removal of Christ's body from the Cross on Good Friday."