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Easter in Sicily


Franco Zecchin

To assist at the big number of feasts that take place during the Holy Week in Sicily is not easy but is certainly a touching experience. Every town, village and country become the stage of solemn ceremonies, all of these characterised by the slow steps of processions, by the silence or the funerary or joyful notes of the bands. Every situation show his own particularity of remarkable interest. The people religious participation is the expression of an ancient ritualism which represents the heritage of the Spanish colonization and of Jesuits' great power. These latter created in 17th century many confraternities to better control the souls. In the streets, in the squares and in the churches everyone displays his own role, importance, richness and ability in developing social relations, in forming new strategical alliances and in consolidating the old ones. In celebrating its own passion - death - resurrection, the community relives through the characters and the history of the New Testament, all misfortunes, damnations, hopes, illusions and happiness of its own country. Ritual and theatre melt each other and go back to their original function, that is representing and forming society, in order to remind us that once the Ancient Greece was here and that the tragedy soul is still present and alive. Together with the cultural imprint left by Arabians, Normans and Spanish, the Greek influence give rise to a great variety of signs. Signs which Sicilians perform as experienced actors, by representing the mystery self of their own existence. We should have the gift of ubiquity to be able to follow all the ceremonies and performances which take place everywhere in the island during the Holy Week. These pictures are the result of a ten years research on this subject.
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Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0024008

Palermo, Italy, 1988. Brotherhood of Holy Crucifix.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 01/04/1988

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0023984

Enna, Holy Friday.

Enna, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1984

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Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0077423

Ganci, Palm Sunday.

Ganci, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1984

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Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0023978

Prizzi. The Devils.

Italy - 01/04/1985

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0024002

Trapani, 1988. After the "Misteri" procession.

Trapani, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1988

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0024010

Caltabellotta, Italy, 1991. The Cross carrier.

Caltabellotta, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1991

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0023977

San Fratello. The 'Giudei'.

Italy - 01/04/1983

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0023990

Trapani, Italy, 1978. The "Misteri" procession.

Trapani, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1978

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0024055

Trapani, the "Misteri" procession.

Italy - 01/04/1984

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0024007

Palermo, 1988. Devotion.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1988

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0023993

Trapani. The Mother of sorrow.

Trapani, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1986

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0023994

Trapani. Emotion.

Italy - 00/00/1986

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0023996

Prizzi, Italy, 1986. Easter day.

Prizzi, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1986

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0023988

Corleone, mourning the Dead Body of Christ.

Corleone, Sicily, Italy - 01/04/1986

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Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0024056

Caltabellotta, Easter day.

Italy - 00/00/1993

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0023979

Prizzi. Easter parade.

Italy - 00/00/1983

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0023986

Trapani. After the 'Misteri' procession.

Trapani, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1984

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0023989

Corleone, Italy, 1986. The Calvary.

Corleone, Sicile, Italy - 00/00/1986

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0023976

San Fratello. Little devils.

San Fratello, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1983

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Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0023982

Marsala. The Veronicas.

Marsala, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1984

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0024057

Trapani. Brotherhood.

Trapani, Sicily, Italy - 01/04/1993

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0024000

Trapani, Sicily, 1987. After the "Misteri" procession.

Trapani, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1987

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0024059

Caltabellotta. The Deposition.

Caltabellotta, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1993

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0024012

Caltabellotta. Easter day.

Caltabellotta, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1988

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0024009

Collesano. "La Cerca".

Italy - 00/00/1993

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0023983

Marsala. The Living Passion.

Marsala, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1984

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0024060

Ribera. The Man Alive.

Ribera, Sicily, Italy - 01/04/1992

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0024011

Caltabellotta. The Way of the Cross.

Caltabellotta, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1993

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0024061

Caltabellotta. Holy Sunday.

Caltabellotta, Sicily, Italy - 15/04/1992

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0023987

S. Alfio, Italy, 1985. The blessed Virgin Mary.

S. Alfio, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1985

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0023981

Buseto Palizzolo. The Waiting Christ.

Buseto Palizzolo, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1984

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0024062

Messina. Sacristy.

Messina, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1988

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0023995

Prizzi. The Resurrected.

Prizzi, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1986

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0023998

San Fratello. The "Giudei" trumpet.

San Fratello, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1987

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0023997

Ganci. Palm Sunday.

Ganci, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1987

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0024063

Caltabellotta. The Virgin.

Caltabellotta, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1993

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0023992

Collesano. The "Search".

Collesano, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1986

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0024001

Caltanissetta. The "Real Maestranza" Brotherhood.

Caltanissetta, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1988

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0023999

Corleone, Italy, 1987. Crucifixion.

Corleone, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1987

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0024064

Caltabellotta, Italy, 1992. The Virgin met Her Son.

Caltabellotta, Sicily, Italy - 15/04/1992

 

Franco Zecchin / Picturetank ZEF0024250

Ribera, 1985. Easter Sunday.

Ribera, Sicily, Italy - 00/00/1985



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