A Paraguayan Catholic faithful wearing a mask and feathers takes part in a procession to pay homage to San Francisco Solano in Emboscada, some 30 milles from Asuncion, Paraguay, Monday, July 24, 2006. The faithfuls used to dress in feathers to honor San Francisco Solano (1649-1610) who was called ‘the bird’s saint’. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
*POD (Pious Over Devotional)
Yeah, I’m missing the purpose of the demonic skull in remembering San Francisco Solano.
Maybe San Francisco Solano was very gaunt.
With really sharp teeth…
Er–memento mori? I hope?
Nothing like a giant skull walking around to complete the festivities.
According to some pages in Spanish I found, the locals honor the saint by “dressing in feathers from head to feet” with “painted faces and hands”.
So this kid went with a mask instead of painting his face, which is either a technological step up or an admission of artistic failure. Or maybe he’s just some lame tourist. There are other pictures which actually show more feathers and tradition.
Anyway, it’s important to note that St. Francisco Solano evangelized Indians in what is today Argentina, Bolivia, and Paraguay. He was also the patron saint of the Venerable Solanus Casey, probably because St. Solano also played the fiddle and taught music and chant as well as theology. But it’s also appropriate that St. Solano was a great miracleworker….
The looks of WTF on the people (including the Priest or Deacon in White) in the background is priceless. Similar to my expression when I see liturgical dance.