The north of Chile is full of traditions that are hold since the conquistadores arrived to these areas. This is one of them. The burning of Judas which is held in Chiu chiu, a village located 30 kilometers north east from Calama.

From wikipedia we can read:

The burning of Judas is an Easter-time ritual in many Orthodox and Catholic Christian communities, where an effigy of Judas Iscariot is burned. Other related mistreatment of Judas effigies include hanging, flogging, and exploding with fireworks. Anthropologists generalize these types of activities as “scapegoating rituals”. A similar ritual would be the hanging in effigy of Haman and his ten sons during Purim.

These are the pictures of what happened in Chiu Chiu, pictures speak by themselves.


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