National Geographic : 1971 Jun
Luminous dawn breaks over Mesa del Nayar's whitewashed church, built in the early 18th century, when Jesuit missionaries ministered to the Coras. Undistracted by a band of borrados yelping through the churchyard, Father Pascual prays at the Stations of the Cross with villagers portraying the Apostles. Thorny crowns and braided palm-leaf maces symbol ize those thrust at Jesus by Roman soldiers mocking him as "King of the Jews." Until Father Pascual's arrival in 1969, the village had been without a priest since the 1760's. A year passed before the Indians let him perform services during Holy Week. Defeat of the evil ones comes with Christ's Resur rection, as Holy Week reaches its climax. The borra dos, after reigning as the powers of darkness, writhe in simulated agony as good finally prevails.