Besamanos, Virgen de la Macarena, Sevilla 1925

"It is estimated that more than 10,000
Sevillanos went through the gate to kiss the hand of la Macarena in 1925, and my abuela was one. It was the beginning of a relationship that would span decades. For Aurora, the Besamanos was the dawning of a sisterly bond that would sustain and guide her for the rest of her life. For the remaining 40 years of Aurora’s life, she will come to la Macarena to tell Her everything. Not as a confessant, not seeking absolution or forgiveness, but as a friend might whisper secrets and concerns to her closest confidant. As Aurora chooses a husband, as she marries him in front of her family and friends, her most important witness is la Macarena. As each of Aurora’s children is born, she will bring them to meet la Macarena. They will be christened beneath Her gaze, and She will be their most important godmother, their very special madrina. Through marriage, children, war, hunger, death and dictatorship; through all of her life, la Macarena is here."

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