19 June 2012

Fête des Limaces - Fulvia

This is Fulvia, a Penitent from Dolceacqua. She belongs to the Confraternita di S. Sebastiano Martire in Dolceacqua in Liguria - a little way across the border in Italy. Night is falling and you can just see two snail shells filled with olive oil and wicks, glowing in the coming darkness. Not long now and the magic will start ...


Voici  Fulvia , une pénitente de Dolceacqua. Elle appartient à la Confrérie de S. Sebastiano Martire à Dolceacqua en Ligurie - un peu après  la frontière Italienne. La nuit tombe et vous pouvez voir juste deux coquilles d'escargot remplies d'huile d'olive et les mèches, rougeoyant dans la nuit tombante. Dans  peu de temps maintenant, la magie va commencer ...


  1. Great shots - the colors just jump out at you.
    The third shot is my favorite.

  2. Hard to know if this is religious adoration or social cohesion. Fulvia looks like a devotee. I love all the small 'habits' that have developed over the years, like the oil in snail shells. And petals strewn in the shape of a heart ...

  3. The Penitents do an enormous amount of work for the old and the poor of their villages, Julie. Along with the religious ceremonies they are good kind people. So you are right on both counts.


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