PHOTO: Dancers at Virgen de la Puerta Festival in Lima, Peru

PHOTO: Catholic Worshipers Dance Though the Streets of Lima for Hours Behind Statue of Virgin de la Puerta

Faithful dance though the streets of Lima for hours behind statue of Virgin de la Puerta
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4 Comments on “PHOTO: Catholic Worshipers Dance Though the Streets of Lima for Hours Behind Statue of Virgin de la Puerta

  1. The photo you have taken here is amazing – love the slightly slow exposure and the blur effect on the people. Great photography – sooooo important on a travel blog. You could actually send this in to Wanderlust or Lonely Planet travel competitions it is so good.

  2. Great photo. I wonder why they all wear red bandanas?

    • Hi Mark: They’re wearing sackcloth clothes (made from burlap sacks), straw hats, and red bandanas, and their faces are painted in blackface. This is representative of the slaves that the *Virgen de la Puerta* is said to have freed. It was a spectacular procession, at the beginning of which the “slaves” danced backward in the street in front of the palanquin upon which the icon of the *Virgen* was carried.

  3. Great photo! My daughter and I are heading to Lima in a month as part of a service learning opportunity through my graduate studies in social work.  So excited and don’t know what to expect. 

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