"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

Strike Up The Band!

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The sound of fire-crackers and drums was unmistakable.

Another festival had started.

This time it was celebrating the patron saint of the small chapel at the end of my lane:

St Anthony of Padua.

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We emerged from the house in time to follow the sound of music –

A fusion of Tijuana brass and Dravidian percussion.

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Fr. Martin, our local Catholic priest, walks in the heart of the procession.

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Men wait their turn for the honour of carrying the statue of Saint Anthony bearing the Christ Child.

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The drum beats intensify.

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The perfectly synchronised, varying and complex rhythms are intensely powerful.

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The procession stops at intervals, allowing the drummers to perform special sequences in well-rehearsed formations.

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Once again, I find myself blinking back tears of sheer joy and excitement.

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3 responses

  1. almost?!

    February 28, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    • Discretion is the better part of honour…

      February 28, 2011 at 9:48 pm

  2. Pingback: Look To Your Laurels « Neither Use Nor Ornament

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