INTRODUCTION
 
     
 
 
     
 

This site contains an overview of the Holy Week celebrations in Campanha, a former gold mining town in southern Minas Gerais, Brazil. In Campanha, as in other former mining towns of Minas Gerais, such as Ouro Preto, São João del-Rey, Prados, Lavras, Baependi and a number of other municipalities, local identity is closely intertwined with the legacy of the gold era, and throughout the region, Holy Week celebrations constitute a central site for the expression of this heritage.

The traditional performance of Holy Week in Campanha could be conceived as an extended collective drama, made up of a complex series of events, in which the very intensity of the ceremonies contributes toward promoting an experience of the baroque festivals of the gold era. The site has been constructed to represent this baroque experience.

 
     
 
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