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The Brotherhood of Nazarenes featured in NatGeo
alejandra rajal
Apr 18, 2019
Location: Puebla, Mexico
Very excited to share a part of my long-term project with National Geographic. I started to work with the brotherhood/confraternity a year ago as part of a personal project "Cultus" that seeks to understand the spectrum of beliefs within the same faith.

A quote from Alice Driver, who wrote a magnificent text regarding the procession and the brotherhood:

"Founded in 1545, the Brotherhood’s primary purpose was to spread and strengthen Catholicism, which was brought to Mexico by Spanish conquistadors. During the 1861 Reform Laws, which separated church and state, the government disbanded the Brotherhood in a move to limit the power of the Church. The ban lasted more than a century, until 1993, when Hugo Teyssier and Dr. Arturo Sánchez Barragán began to reassemble the organization. "



Behind one of the largest Holy Week processions in Latin America
After a 132-year ban, the Brotherhood of Nazarenes is reviving their traditions.

Alejandra Rajal

Alejandra Rajal is a freelance documentary photographer based in Mexico.
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