The largely secular nature of the western world means it’s rare to find yourself up close and personal with a religious procession. But in Sicily the Processione die Miteri di Trapani is an annual occurrence, and no more unusual then Notting Hill Carnival is to a Londoner. The procession takes place during Holy Week before Easter and details the stories of the Passion – traditionally acted out by members of local guilds – up until the resurrection.
These images of this elaborate religious occasion were captured by photographer Jonny Seymour on a recent trip to the Mediterranean island where he was lucky enough to be able to get his hands on a press pass to the event, giving him free reign to document the raw emotional power that these centuries-old Catholic rites and rituals still have on the local community.
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