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The hidden symbolism of the flower bouquets of Saraguro Sunday Mass

Women from the Saraguro People on the south of Ecuador prepare floral bouquets for the Catholic Church on Sundays. In reality, there is a lot of resistance hidden there. The bouquets were originally in shapes that concealed a lot of symbolism of the Andean Cosmovision. Some figures represent cosmological concepts and principles of astronomical orientation, the agricultural calendar, rituals and festivities that were proper to the indigenous beliefs, not catholic. Women found ways to preserve this ancestral knowledge through the bouquets.

TAGS: Church, Ecuador, Flower, Women

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BaƱos De Agua Santa, Ecuador
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© Joselin Anabell Hernandez Esquivel.
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 01.2017
Filed Under: People
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Date Uploaded: Oct. 8, 2018, 3:34 p.m.
Camera Make: NIKON
Camera Model: COOLPIX L340
Focal Length: 19.1mm
Shutter Speed: 1/100
Aperture: f4.7
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PHOTO LOCATION Saraguro, Loja, Ecuador