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Suddenly, from the middle of the arid trail of the caatinga, some eccentric figures appear: people completely covered by clothes and a mask made of Ouricuri fibers. They are the Praiás, of the Pankararu Indians, who came to pay their homage to Father Cícero.

They come from Tacaratu, a small town in the interior of Pernambuco, on the banks of the São Francisco River. Like a large part of the Northeastern population that lives in the caatinga, they have a very strong relationship with the priest.

The Praiás are the caretakers of the Encantados, living individuals who mysteriously disappeared and went to live in the invisible. It is through the Praiás that the Encantados (Enchanted ones) leave the invisible and come to earth, to dance, give advice, cure diseases, chat and miss the people who continue here. They are the ones who take the Encantados from the city of Juazeiro do Norte to Horto Hill, to visit the statue of Father Cícero, his museum and walk the path to the Holy Sepulcher.

They walk the Holy Sepulcher trail, like all the other pilgrims, but in a different way: they smoke their pipes and, in each chapel they enter, they sing and dance. Some are in a trance.

They walk under the scorching midday sun without ever showing their identity. They blend in with the land and with the scenery. They bring even more magic to this already mystical place and enchant everyone who comes across them during the celebration.





Tacaratu (PE) e Juazeiro do Norte (CE)

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