In Light, and Faith

The churches draw me in with their quiet tiles, cool air.  Their constant ceremony, their everyday, rhythmic presence.

In Granada~

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On Ometepe~

The lights went out soon after dark in the small town of Altagracia, on the island of Ometepe.  Drums and horns and slow singing preceded a procession of Mary in a huge conch shell, held on the shoulders of several young men.  The full moon and the floodlit statue were the only light.

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When they arrived at the church, the men turned Mary around to face the crowd.  Someone brought up an effigy of a bull made from palm fronds, with two sticks for the front legs.  Suddenly the bull was lit and the boy holding it racing through the plaza, sparks spraying.

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