Reenacting the crucifixion of Christ doesn't have to be a sad and depressing affair. It can be a source of joy, it can be fun. As this celebration, Festividad Señor del Rayo, demonstrates. Catholicism in Oaxaca is full of pre-Christian symbolism. Infectious energy, spread by two marching bands. Like a mirage the procession came and went, leaving joy in its wake, as yet another joyful celebration is just around the corner: the Day of the Dead.

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