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«In the morning he wakes up dizzy with so much light. He goes to the village and shouted: — Who stole me the sun that go so high?» MANUEL DA FONSECA
THE SUN OF THE BEGGAR
JACINTA ROSA CARRILHO: A case of solitude Portalegre
There aren´t almost any cattle left. Nor flax, nor wool, nor spinning-wheel. Now all people deals with the wind… The wind turbines are spread all over the mountain.
'The celebration of Spring' Vila Nova do Barroso
'Wind money' Cerdedo, Alturas do Barroso, Negrões, Vilarinho Seco...
'The poor have no faith' Mourilhe, Vilar de Perdizes and Pedrário, Montalegre
CIPRIANO MARTINS & JOSEFINA SEARA Vilarinho de Negrões
Being a woman in the interior of Portugal, highlander and deep, it's almost always a sign of pain and grief. Dark scarves are traces of a loss: the youth loss which threatens everything or the loss of the chief of the family who was dominant or — even more painful — two losses at the same time...
MARIA MALTA AND HER GRANDSON JOHN Vilar, Boticas
MEETING WITH FELICIDADE COELHO Vilarinho Seco
[ Extra ] GÉRARD FOUREL
Gens du Barroso: Histoire d'Une Belle Humanité
«Was an old rich man twice married twice widowed. Married a poor woman he took great pride...»
ROMANCE OF THE RICH MAN, popular song.
MOUNTENEERING VILLAGES Beiras province: Covas do Monte, Covas do Rio, Jueus, Dornas...
HISTOIRES OF THE SACRED & PROFANE
Party in the village! They may forbid the people from taking the TGV, from setting foot on the golf courses, from hearing Sokolov at the Casa da Música (Hall of Music, at Oporto) or from taking a ride on a luxury voyage on the Douro river; but nobody can ban the people from going to mass, from praying the Our Lady of Aparecida, or from seeing the band marching, in front of the church’s door...
HOLY WEEK Braga
ST. BARTOLOMEU DO MAR Esposende
ST. GONÇALO Amarante
OUR LADY OF THE MOUNTAIN Cerdedo, Barroso
OUR LADY OF APARECIDA Lousada, Penafiel
OUR LADY OF PENA Mouçós, Vila Real (...)
In Amarante the June´s festivals are dedicated to St. Gonçalo. Disputed monk between Benedictines and Dominicans, is worshiped by the people and is known as the old ladies matchmaker, wonder-worker and merry fellow.
ST. GONÇALO HAS GOT A THOUSAND LIVES Amarante
Easter Sunday. In Vilar de Perdizes, a few kilometers away from Montalegre, António Fontes Priest may be doing one of last eastern visits. In the past, people used to receiv the cross of Christ with street filled with carpets of flowers, but now only a few open their homes to kiss the cross.
Nearby, in Pedrário, the beautiful church of Romannesque style remains closed. In this village, the cross of Christ only comes every two years.
Albina Teixeira doesn't go to church, the messe is celebrated in the nearby village of Sarraquinhos. She has already lost the count of the years that she lived and she has almost lost the faith...
PEDRÁRIO & VILAR DE PERDIZES Montalegre, April 2009
Easter Sunday. In Vilar de Perdizes, a few kilometers away from Montalegre, António Fontes Priest may be doing one of last eastern visits. In the past, people used to receiv the cross of Christ with street filled with carpets of flowers, but now only a few open their homes to kiss the cross. Nearby, in Pedrário, the beautiful church of Romannesque style remains closed. In this village, the cross of Christ only comes every two years. Albina Teixeira doesn't go to church, the messe is celebrated in the nearby village of Sarraquinhos. She has already lost the count of the years that she lived and she has almost lost the faith...
PEDRÁRIO & VILAR DE PERDIZES Montalegre, April 2009
The Christian veneration to the images isn´t opposite to the First Commandment, which forbids idolatry, because «the honour you serve to an image is in fact directed to the original model.» (St. Basílio)
The Christian veneration to the images
«The water in St. John turns into wine, olive oil and there is no bread.» HELENA SUBTIL, Réfega
«This is not what people say it is…» ANA MERCES, Aveleda
RIO DE ONOR, GUADRAMIL, RÉFEGA and VEIGAS DE QUINTANILHA
TO LIVE AND TO DIE SLOWLY... Villages of Montesinho mountain
SAINTS AND MEMORIES OF ALZIRA MATILDE GASPAR Moimenta da Raia
«The flower of the wasteland Blossoms the rose whenever it wishes It´s like the single man While he hasn´t got a wife.» MARIA TERESA, Pitões das Júnias
LUCINDA PILOTO & ANA BANDARRA Pitões das Júnias, Montalegre
ETELVINA AZEVEDO Pitões das Júnias, Montalegre
TWO OLD LADIES, REALLY OLD LADIES Pitões das Júnias, Montalegre
MARIA VAZ Rouças da Gavieira
PEOPLE OF NORTHEAST (TRÁS-OS-MONTES)
People celebrate a night of entertainment in honour of St. John´s Evangelist, the village patron from December 27th to 28th. The boys, eager for entertainment, mark the day around a huge bonfire, which still emits smoke in the village´s square. So, just after dawn, they dress the 'Carocho' (devil) with a leather mask, a bunge of lines, in their necks and a huge wooden fork for gathering the smoked ham or to make the village girls fall. Old mouth-organ players, drum and fraita (shepherd flute made from wood) players and dancers with their hats decorated with roses gathered around...
'CARETOS' Podence, Macedo de Cavaleiros
THE BOYS' FESTIVAL Constantim, Miranda do Douro
WINTER CARNIVAL Tó, Bruçó and Vale de Porco, Mogadouro
MIRANDA YÊ LA MIE TIÊRRA Villages of Miranda do Douro
LA BOUBIELHA Genísio, Miranda do Douro
(...)The rudeness of the people that lives here may be due to the same reasons that support wild cows dark brown, wild goats and rabbits, wolves and a large black crows with many legends and superstitions...
BEYOND MARÃO MOUNTAIN: a superb area of water and stone...
OUR LADY OF TEIXEIRA FRESCO PAINTINGS Sequeiros, Torre de Moncorvo
«Unfornately, I see that the markets/ In the villages, are disappearing/ Where one eats a portion/ That´s how it should be!»
OLD MERCHANTS OF SENDIM Sendim, Miranda do Douro
OUR LADY OF NASO (NÖEL MARKET) Póvoa, Miranda do Douro
PORTRAITS & TRANSFIGURATIONS
«Had I not once a lovely youth, heroic, fabulous, to be written on sheets of gold...?» RIMBAUD
Old people close-ups
In summer, tourists venture this trip about 163 miles to get to take 3 hours and a half, just so they can enjoy the magnificent landscapes of this region of Port Wine — which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and was driven by the Portuguese, Spanish and English nobility...
DOURO TRAIN (photojournalism)
The route of the Douro Wine
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