El Señor de los Milagros in Lima, Peru

By Paige, Nicaragua, August 2012

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October is the “Purple Month” in Lima, when one of the largest religious processions in the world envelopes the Peruvian capital with incense, prayer and song. So called for the rich purple robes worn by the faithful, who carry the centuries-old image of El Señor de los Milagros, “Lord of Miracles,” through the capital, this is a cultural event unlike any other in the nation, celebrating the city’s rich history and heritage.

In the 1600s, about a third of Lima’s population was made up of Afro-Peruvians, most of them slaves brought from West Africa, primarily Angola. Many of these converted to Christianity, including a talented young man enslaved at the Pachacamilla Plantation, on what was then the outskirts of Lima. He may have been named Pedro Dalcón.

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Photo courtesy of Congreso de la Republica del Perú via Flickr.

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