They Love Their Processions in Granada

One moment you’re on your tapas crawl through the narrow streets of Granada, the next you’re stuck behind a procession with a gigantic float.

Usually, these floats are moved by scores of brawny men on their knees using the strength of the back of their shoulders. It takes six months of training for these men to move these behemoths of religious iconography. If you feel between your shoulder blades and at the base of your neck, there’s a bone near the top of your spine. Yeah, now put a one ton weight on top of that and crawl on cobblestones.

I stumbled upon on of these rituals one night. It wasn’t the full Semana Santa with the pointed hat cloaks (think KKK) and theatrics, but I was able to take some video outside of the church.

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