Please Explain This Picture
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Papone...C3%B3n.JPG

I found this on Wikipedia for the page of St. Marcellus of Tangier.
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#2
I don't know but it looks pretty darn scary to me.
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#3
It's a Spanish custom and the costumes and hoods signifiy penitence.  These particular ones kind of look like a variation of the capirote (maybe for females?)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capirote

These kinds of things are common in Spain:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Capuchones.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nazare...teban.jpeg
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(08-15-2013, 11:32 AM)SaintSebastian Wrote: It's a Spanish custom and the people who where them are penitents (papones).  It kind of looks like variation of the capirote (maybe for females?)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capirote

These kinds of things are common in Spain:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Week_in_Spain

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nazare...teban.jpeg

Too bad they remind me of the KKK.
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#5
Yeah, this is one of those customs you couldn't import to the US without major misunderstandings...
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(08-15-2013, 11:40 AM)SaintSebastian Wrote: Yeah, this is one of those customs you couldn't import to the US without major misunderstandings...

The anti-Catholics would love to say that those are pedophile priests who are wanted for terrible crimes.
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#7
When I was in Spain for the Triduum about 40 years ago, I was treated to the spectacle that unfolds on Good Friday in that country. Different religious organizations wear different colors of hoods. They also performed penitential acts like walking barefooted (even through the horse dung!), creeping on the knees, being wrapped in chains, and even carrying crosses. There was a mid-afternoon procession and then another about 10 PM. Breathtaking for a New Worlder...
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#8
I believe it's also an Italian custom, or at least in the areas that were ruled by the Spanish at one point(Sicily, Sotuhern Italy, Sardinia)
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#9
Members of the Brotherhood of the Holy Christ of Bliss (León, Spain), during the procession of the Beatitudes, 2005, on Holy Thursday. Young and old live Easter Leon. the hoods are to protect the anonimity of the individuals as they practice penance.
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#10
They tradiitionally wear hoods to disguise their identity so people don't think their acts of penance are driven by pride.
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