The Yellow Church

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The yellow church, well obvioulsy

Took a chicken bus out to this little village in the mountains with a few people from our spanish school. The smaller of the 2 yellow churches was a steep climb up from the village where we watched some kids playing and skinny dogs wondering about looking at us in a terrified kind of way.

Stopped at a little house of an old couple and got ushered into a shed in their garden. Here we found a Madame Tussauds type dummy dressed in a black cape, hat and sun glasses, even had a moustache. He is supposedly Saint Simon and the villagers go to `him` to pray and to light candles to wish for certain things. The colour of the candle that is lit signifies a certain thing, like green was for a prosperous business, yellow for health and blue for fertility.

Village life
There was even a dark purple candle which apparently was chosen by those who wanted a certain person dead. Charming. After lighting the candle of choice, the worshipper then offered something to San Simon, like a cigarette or a shot of rum. No really. Needless to say the booze collected into a bottle hidden inside the dummy and the owners of this scandal enjoyed their free drink. Oh and we got charged for going into the shed to see the dummy with a moustache as well. Stupid tourists..........

We got a great insight into village life and took lots of pics of locals going about their business and the bright yellow churches were amazing to see. We also found out that almost all of the houses in the village are apparently illegal fireworks factories. One house actually blew up not so long ago. I wonder if someone lit a dark purple candle for Saint Simon......

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The yellow church, well obvioulsy
The yellow church, well obvioulsy
Village life
Village life
Peekaboo!
Peekaboo!
San Andres
San Andres
Ahh yes San Simon
Ahh yes San Simon
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photo by: lucian_32y