Nazarene Venerable Brotherhood of Silence Marches in Seville During Holy Week 1937 Nazarener Bruderschaft des Schweigens Die heilige Woche von Sevilla 1937

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[Nazarenes, Brotherhood of Silence] The Holy Week of Seville. Internationale Photocorrespondenz, L. Fritz. Berlin: 1937. 11.5 cm x 16.5 cm. Description on the verso:  “The Venerable Brotherhood of Silence (Nazarenes) parade through the city in their medieval regalia, provoking the people to attempt personal attacks in order to break their oaths of silence. It is an infinitely long procession that goes through the city.” Stamped by various agencies and dated on the verso, May 13, 1937.

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[Nazarenes, Brotherhood of Silence] The Holy Week of Seville. Internationale Photocorrespondenz, L. Fritz. Berlin: 1937. 11.5 cm x 16.5 cm. Description on the verso:  “The Venerable Brotherhood of Silence (Nazarenes) parade through the city in their medieval regalia, provoking the people to attempt personal attacks in order to break their oaths of silence. It is an infinitely long procession that goes through the city.” Stamped by various agencies and dated on the verso, May 13, 1937. Traces of adhesion on the verso and on the lower-right hand corner of the recto.

[Nazarener, Bruderschaft des Schweigens] Die heilige Woche von Sevilla. Internationale Photocorrespondenz, L. Fritz. Berlin: 1937. 11.5 cm x 16.5 cm. Description on the verso: „Die Altehrwürdige Bruderschaft des Schweigens (Nazarener) zieht in ihren mittlealterlichen  Ornaten durch die stadt, von dem volke durch spottreden, oft persönlichen Attacken zum Bruche ihres Schweigelöbnisses versucht. Es ist eine unendlich lange Prozession, die durch die stadt geht.“ Stamped by various agencies and dated on the verso, May 13, 1937. Traces of adhesion on the verso and on the lower-right hand corner of the recto.

Originally a Jewish-Christian sect in the first century AD, the Nazarene sect became known in the fourth century as Jewish converts to Christianity through the teachings of the Apostles. Pictured here wearing capirotes, traditionally worn by penitents during Holy Week, these Nazarenes are demonstrating public penance by wearing a capirote, once used by the Inquisition to designate the punishment of someone who had been “put to the question,” by the various colors designated by the Holy Office  showing the degree of public punishment during an auto-da-fe. By 1937, fabric had been added below the headgear so the faces of the penitents were covered, in order to not draw attention to themselves. Only holes for the eyes were permitted.  In this image, taken in Seville in 1937, the Venerable Brotherhood of Silence (Nazarenes) paraded in their medieval regalia through the city in an hours-long procession, doing public penance for their sins, during which they were taunted by mocking attempts to break their vows of silence.

 

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