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The Surreal Experience of the Black Nazarene Traslacion

One word: Surreal. This describes best the Procession of the Black Nazarene, or Traslaciónde Nazareno (literally “The transfer of the Black Nazarene”), one of the Philippines’ most anticipated and well-known festivities of devotion and folk Catholicism. Thousands (millions as the authorities claimed) of faithful troop down to the country’s capital in an annual tradition that seems to defy logic and beyond words, Unlike other religious Catholic processions in the country, this one is far from solemn—and that is its trademark.

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