Date: 7:30pm EDT October 27, 2015

Between Ritual and Riot: The Black Nazarene Procession and the Geopolitics of Manila as Sacred Space

Mr. Jose Alain Austria, Assistant Professor of History, De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde in Manila, Philippines will give a lecture on The Black Nazarene Procession. 

“Although it started out centuries-ago as a purely-religious practice, it eventually acquired a semblance of traditional male rites-of-passage and even traces of painful initiation. The ecstasy of worship is now accompanied by the elation of being able to prove one’s manhood and the feeling of belonging, of being affirmed by a wider community of brothers and fathers; and just like the rest of Cristo negro cults in the Hispanidad, the grace of being blessed by a male God with a dark face.” -Alain Austria’s art-blog Mytho- Historia


The event is sponsored by The Program in Islamic, Turkish and Near Eastern Studies of The Institute for Religion, Politics, and Culture. It is free and open to the public.