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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.
Font: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Wee…  "

I hope this will be useful for your knowledge about spanish culture.

Thanks.
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Ball of wax by Levantera ( Suggested by Andaelentari and Featured by 1pen )
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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.
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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.
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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!
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:iconlevantera:
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.
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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
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DarkLeXu Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
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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 : )
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SMASHEDTEES Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a bunch of cone heads hehehe. Nah, just kiddin, great pic
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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 
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WCPsycho Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Kinda similar how the Nazi symbol was originally used as a sign of peace.
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0618623 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
nice shot and thanks for the helpful description 
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BRSMat0 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
I's sad that the KKK ruined this look forever.
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Angelheartdream Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
For a sec I as freaking out there! Sweating a little...  hehe... I love the lighting and the detail on the fabric! Thanks for explaining! 
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xToasterMuffinx Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a piece of culture which I am new to. Good work on capturing it.
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JakeMcneil Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
question: I was just wondering why it is that they cover their faces?
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mbeckley27 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Wow.. I learned something today..
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Lucern7 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Ah that's a really cool tradition I find traditional garb particularly interesting and the piece portrays a comforting scene with warm tones conveying the spirit of the holiday. The work is a surprisingly nice contrast to what white hoods typically mean over in America.
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sgt-evening Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What an atmospheric picture... makes you want to step right into it. =) Thanks for the info in your description as well. Very interesting.
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zydaria Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
It's an amazing photograph, congratulations on the DD! :D

And I don't know how some people below couldn't google first before posting stupid comments here. It's a shame that sometimes people don't think a little before attacking the keyboard. 
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uzikabloozy Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Beautiful shot! I really like how you can see the warmth of the candle light on the little girl and the person with the candle. It really draws attention to the main subjects since the rest of the picture is relatively cooler in color.

Also, the ignorance in some of these comments is absolutely astounding considering you gave us a great explanation of what's going on.
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SessaV Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
creepy guy´s :D
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dannytran555 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wow! KKK look good in new costume
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Spasticgraphic Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Wow! Thank you for the photo and the explanation! I've personally never seen this before, so it's enlightening.
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n0rdicwulf Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Great photo.  Glad I clicked and read your description considering what hoods like that mean in the States.
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HawthornSword Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely photo.
I got to see this when I was in Italy a few years ago; the town I lived in while I was there was apparently one of the last in Italy that still follows this tradition.  I am glad you were confident enough to post this and educate people. The more people that know about the true historical significance of this the better. Corrupt symbols and words only have power so long as we let them.
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merijose Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nunca pensé en ver una foto en esta pagina de mi ciudad y menos de semana santa xD
Y preciosa foto por cierto :3
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:iconlevantera:
Levantera Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
Hola paisana!!! Me alegro mucho de que te haya gustado la foto. Por cierto, también me han gustado mucho tus dibujos!!!!
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:iconmerijose:
merijose Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Pues muchas gracias! 
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Edwards17 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Amazing.

I visited Spain once during the holiday which represent's the morning of Christ (Can't remember what it was called unfortunately) The Procession was quite spectacular.

This picture however is quite fascinating, but is it weird that it the way the flame moves kinda reminds me of Dark Souls?

Either way, Brilliant picture! Shame that some people decide to corrupt it.
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Dracke12 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Happy Easter KKK!!!!!
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WrennAmethyst Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
rotfl <3
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DreamandSound Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Buena foto! Está bien que se aclare que no son del KKK, siempre se asustan cuando ven a los encapuchados y en fin, se cometen malentendidos, hehe. 
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ElLorenzana Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Easter KKK!!!!
Okno. This procession photo is awesome. Happy easter week to you all!
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amen-no-suomynona Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh... I got scared for a second there. So glad I clicked on the photo despite my utmost fears! Need to start doing that to clarify any misconceptions!
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:iconthatguyinthecorner27:
Truly an amazing piece of work. In it self the photo is beautiful and the interaction between the man in the robes and the little girl is touching and sweet. And then it also offers a insight into cultural perception on clothing and symbols and how the acts of one group can affect how we as a society will proceed to view said symbols.
I want to set this as my background but I fear that the questions and persecutions it will raise will be more hassle than it is worth.
Beautiful photo and a well deserved Daily Deviation.  
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IvoryLatte Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
This seems to be a common theme among bad people. The KKK stole this costume, and the Nazis stole the swastika. Ugh.
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MarkTheGr8 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When you're obsessed with prosecuting entire races, such things are usually considered less important I guess :p.
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MrTBSC Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
same with penthagram and not to forget cross as well -_-
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Darknimbus3 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
About the swastika:  Not only did they steal this holy Hindu symbol, but they turned it backwards (the original symbol turns counterclockwise while the Nazi swastika turns clockwise)
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GravityShock Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
nobody was stealing this, read about zodiac 
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mjelenov Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
There exist two swastika signs in Hindu, the clockwise and even the counterclockwise.
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offermoord Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
They didn't turn it clockwise, nor is it strictly a Hindu symbol. 
The swastika existed in many forms in different cultures, with different meanings, long before the Nazis came...
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Alex00psi Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
Parecen mas elaboradas que las que tenemos en Murcia; buena foto.
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
I’m very happy for you!!! :iconloveloveplz: :tighthug:
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DeArtisticLife Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
for one moment i thought it was the KKK  thank god i  read the description ...
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Sokztastic Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
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Deoradhain Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
Holy Week done right.
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rosegoddess9 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
I think the problem with this photo is just our cultural interpretations of the white hood. In Spain it's obviously linked with a religious ceremony whereas in the US the first thing that comes to our minds is the KKK. If I imagine the people in white hoods to not be related in any way to the KKK this is a really nice and cute photo. Just have to put down the cultural lens for a minute to appreciate the photo. Good job and congrats on the DD!
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