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THE LORD OF THE MIRACLES – XXI CENTURY

Posted by Carmen Maria Guevara Protzel on Oct 24, 2016 6:39:12 PM

Mazamorra morada and chicha morada

This is the 3 and final part of information taken from the book Peru : Customs and Festivities (Backus & Johnston Brewery Union)

“In 1746 another earthquake hit Lima and after the city was repaired, in view of the situation of Monastery, the people decided that a larger church should be built to house the image of this Christ loved by so many.

In 1771 Viceroy Amat y Juniet became very interested in the effigy an d the Monastery and a public collection of alms was organized to raise funds to build the Church of El Señor de Los Milagros. So once again, the image of the Black Christ went out in procession and stopped behind the Palace of Government, at the Desamparados Church  (Homeless Church). Finally the inhabitants donated the entire sum needed to build the church.

As time went by the festivity of El Señor de Los Milagros  became more and more important. The old portable dais we replaced by new silver ones and the original ones are kept safely inside the monastery and are especially taken care of.

This portable dais is carried by 16 members of the Brotherhood of Carriers of El Señor de Los Milagros. The main bean is made of oak. The silver alone weight 450 kilos. Each group of bearers has a foreman and a deputy foreman. The is also a martillero (man with a hammer) – a man in charge of keeping the rhythm of the bearer´s steps and givingthe signal to stop or continue. They are organized into teams and each one has a director . The women devoted to El Señor de Los Milagros are member of the sisterhood in charge of burning incense during the length of the procession in antique silver burners. They are called  sahumadoras and traditionally dress in the purple habit of El Señor de Los Milagros. They are followed by women chanters who sign songs in prise fo El Señor.

During October in Lima everywhere you look at is purple as purple habits are worn by thousands of devotees of El Señor de Los Milagros, a purple corn pudding called mazamorra morada  and beverage made of the same purple corn called chicha morada are served everywhere. Handicraftsmen prepare large decorated candles and delicated embroidered scapularies in the color of El Señor de Los Milagros.”

You will also find Turron de Doña Pepa, a typical delicacy made with fruit honey and baked thin stick of anise bread and decorated with colorful candies with different shapes.

As the tradition became famous in Colonial times the Spaniards also included as part of the tradition the Bullfight.

These days also artists that are famous in Peru offer small performances along the way of El Señor de Los Milagros procession.

Also many persons from neighbor countries come to visit El Señor de Los Milagros. The tradition and devotion grows as the faith spreads, especially in Latin America
Carmen Maria Guevara Protzel

Topics: Lima

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