National Geographic : 1951 Apr
503 Pale Moonlight and Brilliant Candles Illuminate the Virgin of Candelaria at Midnight Sevillians lavish adoration, jewels, and silks on their many manifestations of the Virgin (page 508). Devout onlookers on balconies wail sorrowful saetas (religious songs) as her images pass. Here the Candelaria Virgin is accompanied by lay brothers in hoods, white tunics, and wide grass belts. They stare, seemingly in sinister fashion, from round peepholes. Generation after generation, men of the same family march with the same brotherhood. Some, on dying, wear their treasured tunics as shrouds. Tired porters, gunny sacks cushioning heads and shoulders, rest beneath the platform during a pause in their six-hour march. When they rise, lifting the heavy dais on bent shoulders, they will be concealed by curtains. Low clouds reflect the moonlight. Beeswax candles burn so brightly that the photographer made the picture by their light alone.