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LAMENTATION OVER THE DEAD CHRIST

 

 

In rural communities of southern Italy the rituals are handed down for centuries and they are the cultural identity of the people. One of the most ancients is "Lamentation over the Dead Christ" celebrated at Monte Sant'Angelo on Good Friday.
The procession begins at sunset, when a statue of the Dead Christ is accompanied for the streets of old town. It is followed by different groups of characters: women dressed in black, local politicians, Passion's statues and symbols. During this ideal "way of the cross" people leave home to offer one's condolences to dead Christ.
Nowadays many traditions are threatened by social and economic changes. The festivals are losing their authenticity risking to disappear forever. So I wanted to tell the story of this place and its people: a mythology of christians and pagan images in which the origin are lost in the mists of antiquity.