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Ball of wax by Levantera Ball of wax by Levantera
Semana Santa 2014. 

This image represent a tradicion which has nothing to do with KKK . In spain we celebrate The Holy Week like "Semana Santa".

In order to clarify doubts in comments, Wikipedia says about that:

"Cartagena, Málaga, Seville, Valladolid, Zamora and León hold elaborate processions for Holy Week. A tradition that dates from medieval times which has spread to other cities in Andalusia, the "Semana Santa en Sevilla" is notable for featuring the procession of "pasos", lifelike wood or plaster sculptures of individual scenes of the events that happened between Jesus' arrest and his burial, or images of the Virgin Mary showing grief for the torture and killing of her son.

In Málaga the lifelike wooden or plaster sculptures are called "tronos" and they are carried through the streets by penitents dressed in long purple robes, often with pointed hats, followed by women in black carrying candles for up to 11 hours. These pasos and tronos are physically carried on the necks of costaleros (literally "sack men", because of the costal, a sack-like cloth that they wear over their neck, to soften the burden) or "braceros" (this name is popular in Leon), and can weigh up to five metric tonnes. The pasos are set up and maintained by hermandades and cofradías, religious brotherhoods that are common to a specific area of the city, whose precede the paso dressed in Roman military costumes or penitential robes.

Those members who wish to do so wear these penitential robes with conical hats, or capirotes, used to conceal the face of the wearer. These "Nazarenos" or "Papones" (this word it's typical from Leon) carry processional candles, may walk the city streets barefoot, and may carry shackles and chains in their feet as penance. A brass band, marching band, a drum and bugle band, or in the cases of Cartagena and Málaga a military band (such as that of the Spanish Legion or other military units) may accompany the group, playing funeral marches, hymns or "marchas" written for the occasion.
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I hope this will be useful for your knowledge about spanish culture.

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Given 2014-04-21
Ball of wax by Levantera ( Suggested by Andaelentari and Featured by 1pen )
Haupia Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Student Photographer
This is an interesting piece of culture and I was also.. "Oh no.."

It's really sad, as another poster mentioned, that this look and cultural piece has been generally ruined (especially in the US) by the KKK.
WolfGuardian2 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is sad as if one only takes but a moments you can tell there is a great deal of difference between the two, even at a quick glance i will admit my first reaction was KKK but then I realized that the robes were all wrong for it and that what they were holding was large candles. Although i can see a similar feel, the details of the photo is very diferent from the kkk images that i have seen.
ElectricB Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014   General Artist
Neat pic, great info!  What's going on, exactly, with the tipped candle/ball of wax?  And thank you for sharing!
Levantera Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
Thanks for your comments, is tradition in the south of spain that children use to take a piece of paper or plastic or whatever and ask the "penitentes" (the man with the cone) for the liquid wax and make a little ball with that.
CoopDaWhoop Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
if i didn't read the summary below first I would have considered this somewhat....yeah. good thing I read it though. it's awesome
DarkLeXu Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
TexasGirlPhotography Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014   Photographer
Thanks for posting the explanation - I have seen a bunch of photos of people wearing those "hats" and knew it must have something to do with Holy Week but wasn't sure what. Lovely photo too : )
SMASHEDTEES Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a bunch of cone heads hehehe. Nah, just kiddin, great pic
cheesefed Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
cool I did a project on leon for Spanish class but I only covered el camino de santiago 
Skellington16 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Kinda similar how the Nazi symbol was originally used as a sign of peace.
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